Posts tagged POLITICS


Keeping it in the family? Cartoon: Damien Glez
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Cartoon: Keeping it in the family?

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promoted his eldest son Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to become a special presidential adviser in a reshuffle of top military personnel. The appointment has been strongly criticised, seen as a classic case of nepotism, and it has also been viewed with suspicion. Critics argue that Museveni is grooming Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to succeed him as president in the future. Could Museveni be preparing his son to take over when the Ugandan leader eventually leaves office?

Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere addresses the press  on 12 November 1976 in Dar Es Salaam. Nyerere is the first Tanzanian President (1962-85). Photo: ANP
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10 pictures of Julius Nyerere

Today the world remembers the death and celebrates the legacy of an Africa statesman Julius Nyerere, who was the first President of Tanzania and previously Tanganyika, from 1960 until his retirement in 1985. Mwalimu Nyerere died of leukaemia in London in 1999. We look at some important moments in Baba wa Taifa’s life captured on camera in these ten pictures.

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia reacts while crossing the finish line to take the second place in the men's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics. Photo: ANP/EPA/Franck Robichon
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Ethiopia: Feyisa Lilesa Olympic silver medallist gestures in solidarity with Oromo

In a brave political gesture Ethiopian athlete Feyisa Lilesa, the silver medallist in the men’s marathon at the Rio Olympics raised and crossed his arms in celebration, a symbol of protest against the Ethiopian government’s crackdown on political dissent. The athlete faces an uncertain future, and the gesture could have put Lilesa on a collision course with Ethiopian authorities.