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Uganda’s leader, Yoweri Museveni, treats pan-Africanism as a ‘pick and play’ game

African leaders are the biggest abusers of the concept of pan-Africanism. For them it is a mere rhetorical device that has nothing at all do with practice. Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire traces Yoweri Museveni’s history of collaborating with the West and how he nevertheless still manages to style himself as a pan-Africanist anti-imperialist.

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DRC slip-slides into electoral delays

In mid January, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced that it would need 18 months to update the voters’ roll. This was followed by an announcement from the minister of interior that a new electoral law, and several others related to the elections, would first have to be tabled during Parliament’s next session, starting in March.

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ICC, trade, regional integration and oil rule Uganda’s 2nd presidential debate

The second Ugandan presidential debate will go down in history for two reasons: the first is the attendance of the incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who had snubbed the first debate held on January 15 and second, the fact that Museveni shook hands with his friends cum foes; Dr. Kiiza Besigye, his former personal doctor a the former premier Amama Mbabazi, without Papal intervention.

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Exploiting minerals, exploiting communities

History has seen many instances of the siphoning off of Africa’s riches, however, present-day culprits are not only from outside of the continent, but include unaccountable African officials and corporations. Foreign organisations collaborate with illegal transnational networks that facilitate the illicit flows of extractives from impoverished countries. The result is the persistence of grinding poverty in areas that appear to be blessed with plentiful resources.