Citizens are using unorthodox ways to ensure their voices are being heard.
Politics of compromise have always served politicians and never resolved Kenya’s real governance issues.
A leading Nigerian newspaper, Punch, has said it will henceforth prefix President Muhammadu Buhari’s name with his former military title he used when he ruled the country in a brutal manner in the 1980s. The publication says its stance is “a symbolic demonstration… against autocracy and military-style repression”.
Democracy in Tanzania has been slowly eroded since President Magufuli came into power. After taking office, Magufuli put in various measures to fight corruption and curb government spending winning admirers across the world, but recent incidents of repression of the press and rights abuses have tainted his image.
China has lessons worth learning, but governance without elections and choice of ruling party isn’t one of them.
With a Hate Speech Bill and a shrinking democratic space, Nigerian lawmakers have become no different from the country’s military rule which saw dictatorship thrive. The final breath of democracy in Nigeria is being killed by Nigerian lawmakers, and Nigerians run the risk of losing what is left of their freedom if they continue to sit in silence.
Despite ugly smear campaigns to discredit them, violent threats and racist comments 23-year-olds Safiya Khalid and Nadia Mohamed who are both former refugees still managed to secure historic victories by becoming the first Somali-Americans elected to the city council of Lewiston, Maine and St Louis Park, Minnesota respectively.
Facebook’s revelation about fake accounts designed to influence elections shows the risks for Africa’s already fragile democracies.
The unstable authoritarian pathway that many post-colonial African states followed was facilitated by the way in which European empires undermined democratic elements within African societies.