The election result was less about Hichilema’s popularity and more an expression of frustration with Lungu’s economic management.
The purpose of a constitutional dismemberment is to unmake and remake the constitution.
Zambia’s new president will have to balance austerity and the high expectations of the many unemployed young people and struggling people who voted for him.
The military presence of the United States in Africa is strategic and enduring. It ensures a fragmented continent, easily pliable to the West’s interests and a convenient site for the ‘new Cold War’.
After 1994 efforts were made to embed democracy. The focus was on policy and institution-building. What was missing was ensuring all South Africans were on board.
South Africa has many problems. But, as Jacob Zuma has found out, the strength of its rule of law and the independence of its judiciary should not be underestimated.
Tanzania’s new president seems to be steering the country back towards democracy, but consolidating power won’t be easy.
Digital media shutdowns in Africa will lead to higher economic costs and greater public outrage.
There may be significant limitations to the political reform that can be realised by new president Samia Suluhu Hassan.