International observation will not insulate controversial polls – such as Tanzania’s in October – from malpractices, but will make them less likely and allow them to be exposed.
If the AU and ECOWAS reject coups as unconstitutional changes of government, shouldn’t the same apply to third terms?
With the right leadership, mindset and policies African countries can achieve, even exceed, the growth and development successes of Asian counterparts.
The aftershocks of Hachalu Hundessa’s murder underline the challenges facing Ethiopia’s transition to democracy.
African countries need to make a concerted effort to establish a continental two-term policy.
The time is long past that Pretoria’s admonitions of bad behaviour by Zimbabwe’s leaders are backed by a credible threat of sanction and punishment.
Mandela left at the right time in 1999, when the country still seemed in a healthy state, after which he consolidated his international reputation.
The people are frustrated with a reform agenda that is unfolding at snail’s pace.
The success of Malawi’s democratic dispensation will be measured on the extent to which it delivers public goods – opportunities, development, accountability – for the people.