Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (92) is famous for quirky responses when asked why he has stayed in power since 1980. Asked by journalists whether it isn’t time he said farewell to the people of Zimbabwe, he replied: ‘Why, where are they going?’ On a serious note, he also angrily told journalists who asked about his decades-long presidency: ‘Have you ever asked the Queen that question, or is it just for African leaders?’ According to Mugabe: ‘Only God who appointed me can remove me’. Are term-limit changes a threat to democracy in Africa?
African forms of democracy and egalitarianism exists independent of, and predates, modern Western progressive social movements. It is time we revived their histories from systematic erasure, because they may hold the key to our collective future
There is a communication wave sweeping across Africa, shifting the balance of power in some political circles, overthrowing governments in others. This is Africa’s Alex Taremwa examines how powerful social media platforms are and why certain presidents are tilting uncontrollably in their chairs.
As Africans across the continent and world celebrate Africa Day, we asked our readers what the day mean for them and to evaluate the progress which has been made to develop the continent. The responses have ranged from messages of optimism, pride at our African cultures and identities. The optimism of a better Africa is punctuated of course by sentiments of disillusionment and betrayal and calls for self introspection. We take a look at some of the messages on social media on Africa Day.
Africa today has fewer conflicts than in the past, though violence continues to hold back development and generate significant costs to governments, business and societies.
On 12 May 2016, Uganda’s president-elect, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has been at the helm of the sub-Saharan country for 30 years, was sworn in for a record sixth time. This leaves many Ugandans wondering what the Museveni of 1986 would have made of the Museveni of 2016
Mozambique is another African country where the drama set of its political life reads like the plotline of the television series House of Cards Kudzayi Zvinavashe recently travelled through the country and reflects on its current affairs and political landscape
Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has called on African leaders to leave office after serving their mandated constitutional terms. Annan warned that while the number of coups have reduced, some leaders are “creating situations which may bring them back,” by clinging on and staying on for too long. Against the background of Annan’s observation, We look at some of the countries which have experienced coups or attempted coups since 2010.
From its Chinese-built headquarters, where its operations are funded by the West, the African Union’s demands to be taken as an equal partner in global affairs ring hollow.