South Africa must rebuild its democratic institutions from the bottom up.
South Africa’s Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s recent controversial comments that former Zimbabwean soldiers are illegally entering the country to rob and kill have caused a storm. Mbalula’s recent comments are against what we as Southern Africans and Africans in general, consider an organic and post liberation progressive Pan Africanism, writes Takura Zhangazha
The Internet has great potential for the spreading of ideas and the promotion of debate. However,there is also the potential for abuse by governments and those in power, especially within volatile political climates. The increasing use of cyber laws to limit freedom of speech and attack those who hold opposing views is a worrying trend, says Tiffany Mugo.
On 18 April 2017, Zimbabwe celebrated Independence Day, marking 37 years of self-rule. Steady social and economic progress in the early years after independence was followed by challenges and setbacks, social and political instability, economic woes and corruption, which slowed down the development agenda. Malvern Mkudu reflects on the difficult road the country has travelled.
Zimbabweans go to the polls next year for general elections, which are scheduled to be held on or before 31 July. Takura Zhangazha explores six key tasks for Zimbabwe’s opposition parties for 2018 elections and beyond.
Recents events on the political front in Nigeria indicate that parliament and the executive are still struggling to cooperate and serve the collective interests of Nigerians. This is not healthy for democracy and national development, says Linus Unah.
As Nigeria marks the third anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 students from a government girls’ school by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Anne Mucheke reflects on what has changed for the activists – and the government that promised to rescue them.