Gabon’s President Ali Bongo suffered a stroke in October last year. Since then an attempted coup and long absence from power has left many questioning if Bongo is still fit to continue governing the country.
There is a strong framework of international laws and conventions that defend free speech, but Uganda continues to limit freedom of expression especially when the people criticise their president.
Sierra Leone has introduced a new visa policy, which gives visa-on-arrival for all African nationals. The new policy offers visa-free entry for ECOWAS citizens, and AU citizens will pay a $25 fee to receive a visa-on-arrival.
Concrete measures to strengthen the rule of law are necessary to prevent outbreaks of public violence.
As high-sounding intellectuals and politicians pontificate on Mugabe’s legacy in education and other areas, they must be respectful to these people whose pain is a matter of fact, not speculation.
South Africa is a wounded nation, and its people carry with them deep pain and extreme anger, the University of Cape Town (UCT) chancellor, Mrs Graça Machel, told mourners during a campus memorial for UCT student Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana.
On the day of Robert Mugabe’s death, and against the backdrop of xenophobic violence in South Africa, here are four personal stories by GroundUp’s Zimbabwean reporters that show what Robert Mugabe meant, not only to them, but many Zimbabweans.
The death of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has elicited mixed reactions. Some remember Mugabe as a nationalist, Pan-Africanist, brave revolutionary, but for others Mugabe’s long hold on power, and autocracy will remain a stain on his contested legacy. Various political groups in Zimbabwe and across the continent have sent out their condolence messages on the passing on of President Mugabe.
Anger and tears were in evidence as students and staff from the University of Cape Town (UCT) were joined by members of the public outside Parliament on Wednesday morning, 4 September, to call for an end to sexual and gender-based violence.