Ahead of a gathering of (grey) heads of state later this month at the first African Union Summit for 2017, Levi Kabwato remembers Mohamed Bouazizi, reflects on the impact of the Arab Spring and considers the shortcomings of the AU and its supposedly youth-focused theme for 2017.
The ANC has clocked more than a 100 years and is showing assorted signs of advanced age: arthritic joints, a bent back, a withered visage… Writer Levi Kabwato traces the contours of the ANC’s decline.
After every seismic shift in the global world order, the eternal question of what does this mean for Africa is always asked. Levi Kabwato thinks that a Donald Trump presidency is a golden moment for Africa to chart its own development path, unmolested by the Americans.
When President Obama exits the White House, any sentimental bond felt by the African continent with the American presidency will cease. African leaders should take the opportunity to re-shape relations, strengthen their positions and make more effective demands in trade and bilateral negotiations, argues Levi Kabwato.
EU policies towards Africa and the rest of the Global South are unhelpful to the ordinary African. It is against this backdrop that we must see Britain’s EU referendum and use what we have already seen the EU do to its poorer member countries to craft more critical and useful thoughts on how Africa can respond to developments such as Brexit.
Is the AU a talk shop for tyrants and bureaucrats who have failed adequately to represent the needs of this continent’s 1.11 billion citizens? Is Agenda2063 a political programme that stands to only benefit and reward those who currently constitute the driving force behind it? Levi Kabwato from Malawi weighs in.
This question came to me against the backdrop of news that French soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) had raped and sodomised young boys they were meant to protect.
Our courts are European; we are not. Time to rethink justice in Africa.