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Poles apart? A tale of two African strongmen

Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 polls. President Mugabe who will be 94 in 2018 has showed no signs of relinquishing power and naming a successor. Conversely, reports that Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will step down before the country’s 2017 elections have raised a few eyebrows. The reports of dos Santos’ retirement come amidst numerous cases across the continent where leaders continue to cling on to power, in some cases against the wishes of the electorate.

Malawi President Peter Mutharika waves at supporters after he was sworn in as President in Blantyre on Saturday May 31 2014. Photo: Thoko Chikondi
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Beyong electoral rhetoric: Should politicians be legally held accountable for election promises?

The High Court in Blantyre recently dismissed a case by lawyer Ambokire Salimu who challenged the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to order a review of electoral laws to compel presidential candidates and political parties to honour their campaign promises. Despite its dismissal, the case raises important questions on political accountability and it resonates with arguments by citizens who argue that the failure by politicians to fulfil election manifestos is electoral fraud.