Zimbabwe will hold fresh elections in a few months. But are the country’s young people ready to get involved in politics?
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting five of Africa’s 54 countries: Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. Tillerson’s mission will produce few benefits for Africa, or for US-Africa relations. Unless the few existing partnership agreements are reaffirmed, America’s declining importance and influence on the continent will continue.
There was no one more appropriate to deliver the worst budget speech and possibly the most anti-poor budget since the advent of democracy than Malusi Gigaba. He has served his purpose and can now be fired.
Morgan Tsvangirai’s death, combined with Robert Mugabe’s coup-led removal as president of ZANU-PF and the country just a few months ago, could mark the end of the Zimbabwean political parties’ internecine fighting.
Ramaphosa’s presidency has potential to revive the ANC and reshape the opposition political landscape.
The African continent is going through a political renaissance unlike any we have seen in some time. Zimbabwe recently had a coup, which was not really a coup. Kenya has two emergent leaders claiming power, South Africa’s Jacob Zuma has fallen and now Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned.
The seemingly impossible has happened, the African National Congress (ANC)’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has confirmed that it has recalled President #JacobZuma, signalling the beginning of the end of President Zuma’s interminable term as president of South Africa. “The decision of the #ANCNEC to recall Cde Zuma is final. It can’t and will not change. We will treat Cde Zuma with dignity and we will not humiliate him” ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule said.
Kenya’s unpredictable political state of 2017 has spilled over into the new year. The ever-hopeful rival Raila Odinga took a presidential oath of his own in front of a massive crowd of supporters, despite a government ban.
South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was narrowly elected head of the ruling ANC party Monday, winning a bruising race that exposed deep rifts within the organisation that led the fight against apartheid.