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Against the grain: Togo leader Gnassingbé resists calls for democratic change

Winds of political change are sweeping through Togo. Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of the capital, Lome calling for president President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé to step down. Protesters are demanding for the end of the “Gnassingbé dynasty”. The Gnassingbé family has ruled Togo for more than 50 years. While the government has made a concession to introduce a two-term presidential limit to calm the volatile political situation, protesters are unyielding, calling for an end to Gnassingbé rule. Democracy has been elusive in many west African states. Togolese people are demanding the return of democracy in the country. Could people power force Gnassingbé out?

Supreme Court ruling annuls Kenya's presidential election result. Cartoon: Damien Glez
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Cartoon: Supreme Court ruling annuls Kenya’s presidential election result

Kenya’s Supreme Court on September 1 invalidated presidential election result of the August 8 poll, which saw the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The Court ruled that the vote was marred by “irregularities and illegalities”. The Court said the election “was not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and … is invalid”. The ruling seen as a triumph for democracy and constitutionalism, and it has been widely celebrated across the continent, welcomed as an important precedent. Kenyatta will once again face a stern test from opposition leader Raila Odinga in the rerun scheduled for October 17.

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The Western Media’s Coverage of Africa Disturbing

The Western media is Africa’s number one enemy. Its reportage on Africa is consistently biased, cementing stereotypes that Africa has a leadership crisis, and the continent is incapable of producing outstanding leaders. Without understanding specific geopolitical variables, it has consistently demonised its leaders, Muammar Gaddafi, Patrice Lumumba come to mind and now Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.

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Buhari, Patience Jonathan, and Theresa May

President Buhari’s silence translates as nonchalance towards his creditors, all Nigerians. Sadly, this indifference is the default, if feckless, attitude of those who occupy the space of leadership in Nigeria. These are the men and women who take the most from Nigeria but give back the least. Think about it: since assuming the presidency, has Mr. Buhari offered a serious policy statement about his country’s healthcare sector?