South Africans are increasingly dissatisfied with democracy because of its failure to address inequality.
President Samia Hassan has set Tanzania on a change of course – time will tell if the pattern holds and addresses the country’s challenges.
Kenya’s Supreme court blocked the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), a huge blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his allies.
Poor electoral outcomes would hurt democratic transitions in a region suffering a spate of coups.
The Kenya that Njonjo sought to create was the ‘greatest living example of democracy, justice and peace’ – but there was no space for the poor.
As Zimbabwe’s election season heats up, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu-PF is playing up the chilling effect through violence, public incitement of followers, weaponisation of Covid-19 measures and disruption of opposition candidates’ rallies. Under the Mnangagwa administration, Zanu-PF has continued using its control of a precarious economy to endanger, patronise and intimidate citizens.
Visionary leadership and strong institutions are Africa’s surest route to achieving economic growth and sustainable development.
Unimpressive democratic conditions and foreign influence in African countries make recent attempted and successful military takeovers unsurprising.
The Gambia has a unique system of voting that does not involve the use of paper ballots in casting votes – instead it uses marbles.