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Cartoon: Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo calls for Africa to end its dependency on the West

Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo’s quest to see Africa move beyond aid was once again on full display, after his latest speech in the presence of French president Emmanuel Macron sent a strong message to the western world. “We can no longer continue to make policy for ourselves in our continent on the basis of whatever support that the western world can give us,” Akufo-Addo said.


Cartoon: Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s departure renews hope

Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, November 21 as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power, ushering in a new era for the country. Mugabe finally resigned after a military intervention and pressure from his own party Zanu-PF and the Zimbabwean citizens. There was jubilation in streets across the country following decades of Mugabe’s authoritarian rule. Mugabe’s departure renews hope, and spirit and brings a sense of freedom to Zimbabweans, most of whom have only known one leader.

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Cartoon: Zimbabwe’s coup d’état that never was?

On the 15 of November the military in Zimbabwe took control of the country’s state broadcaster and also blocked off access to government offices, and parliament but denied it was taking over government. Military spokesperson, Major General S.B. Moyo made a televised statement saying the army is targeting “criminals around” President Robert Mugabe, who are “committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in order to bring them to justice”. Following the military takeover South Africa President Jacob Zuma sent special envoys to Zimbabwe to meet with President Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force but the political crisis is far from being resolved. Pres Mugabe appears to be still at the helm and in a surprising development he appeared in public for the first time since the coup to attend a graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University in Harare. Mugabe’s future remains uncertain and Zimbabwe is on tenterhooks as the political drama unfolds.