• Women and Politics in Uganda – Rhoda Kalema’s Story

    Women and Politics in Uganda – Rhoda Kalema’s Story0

    Rhoda Kalema is a story of commitment, courage, character and triumph as a girl, a woman, mother, and grandmother to many young women in Uganda.  Rhoda is quick to mention that this story not about her but that she is just a branch that came out of people that mentored her over the years. Born in

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  • Zimbabwe’s Next Five Years0

    Political perspectives in Zimbabwe, at least after the recent 2018 general election, have tended to have a sense of immediacy and urgency.  Spurred on by the fundamentally zero-sum power games that our national elections are or their highly polarized nature, we tend to not look beyond our noses as to what it all means.  And

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  • Who Can Challenge Macky Sall?

    Who Can Challenge Macky Sall?0

    In 2012, civil society opposition parties’ demonstrations enabled Macky Sall to be elected President of the Republic. The leader of Coalition Macky 2012 had won 26.19% of the vote in the first round, followed respectively by: Moustapha Niasse 13.20% Ousmane Tanor Dieng 11.30% Idrissa Seck 7.86% Cheikh Bamba Dieye 1.93% Ibrahima Fall 1.81% The combined backing

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  • Will the Election of 7 October Mark the Division of Cameroon?

    Will the Election of 7 October Mark the Division of Cameroon?0

    Two years after it began, the so-called “Anglophone crisis” continues to rage in the North-West and South-West regions (collectively known as “NoSo”) of Cameroon. Over time, the situation has deteriorated to the point of becoming an armed conflict pitting the Cameroonian Armed Forces against the Ambazonian Defence Forces. Continuing into 2018, an election year, without

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  • Bobi Wine Arrest Unites Ugandans in Quest for Justice

    Bobi Wine Arrest Unites Ugandans in Quest for Justice0

        Photo Credit : Nicolas Bamulenzaki  Uganda has been through a rough couple of weeks.  Violence  erupted on August 11 2018 in a by election in Arua, which is in the north western part of the country.  It is also the day, I got a motorbike accident. I remember being in hospital getting stitched

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  • Mnangagwa’s ‘2nd Republic’ and the Pursuance of Neoliberal Economics0

    The confirmation of Emmerson Mnangagwa by Zimbabwe’s highest court as president sealed the dispute on Zimbabwe’s future leader to carry the hopes of a nation yearning for a new trajectory. The disputed election resulted in the MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa filing a constitutional court application challenging the credibility of the election results.  The case

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  • Having Friends in Power

    Having Friends in Power0

    Why aren’t you writing about it, a former colleague asked. She/He was referring to my practice of analyzing political appointments in Tanzania. In this case, it was in reference to her/his appointment. Her/His appointment, like those of a couple of my other colleagues,  has left me contemplating about what does it mean to have friends in echelons of

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  • In Defence of Zimbabwe’s Rural Voter

    In Defence of Zimbabwe’s Rural Voter1

    When the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) started announcing the 2018 election results there was a lot of urban/social media anger at rural voters.  The numbers that were being announced were indicating that the ruling Zanu Pf party was winning parliamentary constituencies with comparatively wide margins. Some social media celebrities were quick to express their disdain

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  • When Emmerson Mnangagwa Met White Zimbabweans

    When Emmerson Mnangagwa Met White Zimbabweans0

    It began with Zimbabwe’s deputy President Chiwenga holding two surprising campaign meetings.  One with what was called the ‘Indian’ community.  Another with what was referred to as the ‘Coloured community’.  The current Zanu Pf leader and president of the country, Emerson Mnagangwa,  then also recently  held what was dubbed an ‘interface meeting’ with Zimbabweans who

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  • Leadership is Not About Age

    Leadership is Not About Age0

    Youthful Vice President Hon Chilima and President Mutharika    One of the recurring issues on Malawi’s political scene, at least from 2014 is the issue of youth leadership. Youthful Atupele Muluzi contested on this agenda in 2014 elections and finished a distant fourth in an election won by the oldest candidate on the ballot, Peter

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