Peter Fabricius

About the Author Peter Fabricius

Peter Fabricius is the Foreign Editor of Independent Newspapers, South Africa

Tanzanian President John Magufuli joins a clean-up event outside the State House in Dar es Salaam on December 9, 2015. Photo: ANP/AFP Daniel Hayduk
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Magufuli reveals his true colours

Not long ago, the hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo? became a rallying cry across East African and continental social media, as ordinary African citizens hailed the astonishing first 100 days of Tanzania’s new President John Magufuli. Has he managed to maintain this impressive streak of leadership or are his ‘true colours’ becoming evident?

Battleground Mozambique: will the peace talks be successful? Photo: Kepa/ Flickr
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Mozambique: devolution or revolution?

The internationally mediated new peace talks between the ruling Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) – its official parliamentary opposition as well as its enemy on the battlefield – began with great fanfare in Maputo on Thursday last week, but were suspended indefinitely just two days later.

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza gives a speech after being sworn in for a controversial third term in power last year. AFP PHOTO / GRIFF TAPPER
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Divide and rule?

The most charitable interpretation one can put on Benjamin Mkapa’s Burundi peace talks is that they are a desperate grope in the dark for a resolution to the year-long crisis. The danger of such desperation though, is that it might do no more than further weaken President Pierre Nkurunziza’s political opponents.