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Cartoon: Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s departure renews hope
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Politics and Society Cartoon: Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s departure renews hope

Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, November 21 as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power, ushering in a new era for the country. Mugabe finally resigned after a military intervention and pressure from his own party Zanu-PF and the Zimbabwean citizens. There was jubilation in streets across the country following decades of Mugabe’s authoritarian rule. Mugabe’s departure renews hope, and spirit and brings a sense of freedom to Zimbabweans, most of whom have only known one leader.

Makerere University students protest presidential age limit despite ban
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Politics and Society Makerere University students protest presidential age limit despite ban

48 people in Uganda including 25 students from Makerere University were arrested after teargas was fired to disperse them for protesting the contentious removal of the presidential age limit, currently set at 75. If approved, the constitutional amendment could allow President Yoweri Museveni (73) to extend his stay in power.

Soyinka fulfils promise, shreds U.S. residency green card and returns to Nigeria
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Politics and Society Soyinka fulfils promise, shreds U.S. residency green card and returns to Nigeria

Nigerian poet and activist Wole Soyinka has revealed that he has fulfilled his promise to cut up his American residency green card in protest, after the triumph of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential polls. Soyinka says he has relocated to Nigeria as he promised he would do before the elections if Trump won the election.

Magufuli reveals his true colours
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Politics and Society Magufuli reveals his true colours

Not long ago, the hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo? became a rallying cry across East African and continental social media, as ordinary African citizens hailed the astonishing first 100 days of Tanzania’s new President John Magufuli. Has he managed to maintain this impressive streak of leadership or are his ‘true colours’ becoming evident?