Britain on Wednesday expressed cautious optimism after the military took control of Zimbabwe, but warned against any transition “from one unelected tyrant to the next”.
Zimbabweans have been celebrating Robert Mugabe’s demise but the new administration could fail to bring change. The opposition and civic groups urgently need to regroup and intensify the fight for reforms in the electoral, media and security sectors to ensure holistic change.
Just weeks after unveiling the statue of South African President Jacob Zuma, Rochas Okorocha the Imo State governor in Nigeria has created a new portfolio called the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment, to the chagrin of many Nigerians. Okorocha appointed his sister Ogechi Lolo as the Minister of Happiness and Fulfilment.
Zimbabwe’s new president named his first cabinet Thursday, appointing two senior military officers to key portfolios and dropping close allies of Robert Mugabe who resigned after the armed forces took control of the country.
What happened in Zimbabwe has some of the hallmarks of how coups have been staged in other countries yet it doesn’t seem quite accurate to single it out as one. Debates are still going on about how to define the political situation but what is certain in Zimbabwe is we are witnessing the political ground shifting, in ways we never imagined.
Greetings Africa, on this day we are observing the World Cities Day. The day is set aside to promote the interest of the international community in global urbanisation and in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanisation.
There have been many calls for a secret ballot in the impending vote of no confidence in South Africa’s president. However, is secrecy really what the country wants at this time, and would it not be setting a lasting, damaging precedent? asks Brent Meersman.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has made an appearance since leaving the country for medical treatment in London, appearing in a picture released on Twitter by the Presidency of Nigeria. Although the latest picture could dispel the rumours doing the rounds in Nigeria, lack of clarity on the nature of Buhari’s illness and what the prognosis for his long-term health could be, can spur more damaging speculations.