On the 15 of November the military in Zimbabwe took control of the country’s state broadcaster and also blocked off access to government offices, and parliament but denied it was taking over government. Military spokesperson, Major General S.B. Moyo made a televised statement saying the army is targeting “criminals around” President Robert Mugabe, who are “committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in order to bring them to justice”. Following the military takeover South Africa President Jacob Zuma sent special envoys to Zimbabwe to meet with President Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force but the political crisis is far from being resolved. Pres Mugabe appears to be still at the helm and in a surprising development he appeared in public for the first time since the coup to attend a graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University in Harare. Mugabe’s future remains uncertain and Zimbabwe is on tenterhooks as the political drama unfolds.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma has sent special envoys to Zimbabwe to meet with President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force. President Zuma says he spoke to President Mugabe today, who indicated that he was confined to his home but said that he was “fine”.
The military in Zimbabwe has taken control of the country’s state broadcaster in the capital Harare. The army seized the state TV and also blocked off access to government offices but denied it was taking over government. Major General Moyo said “as soon as they are done the situation will come to normalcy”.
South African opposition Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) Leader Julius Malema has once again criticised Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe for clinging on to power again stating that, “A good leader should have produced 2nd &; 3rd layer leadership to continue the good fight against imperialism.” “Zimbabweans should remove him & reclaim their country,” Malema said.
Somaliland, an autonomous and self-determined territory, northwest of Somalia goes to the polls today to elect a new leader after a seven-year wait. Three candidates are competing for the post to lead the region of around 3.5 million people.
As Cameroon ponders its future, a high-profile Anglophone attorney’s bid for the presidency in the midst of a national crisis has inspired conversations about identity, history and familial legacy.
Kenya’s Supreme Court will once again be the centre of a likely lengthy legal battle following the recent re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta with opposition leader Raila Odinga refusing to accept the result. In his victory speech President Kenyatta who was declared winner of the poll with 98 percent of the vote said he expects his re-election to be challenged in the courts. The country remains in a precarious situation as it remains uncertain how the political crisis will unfold and if will be peacefully resolved.
In the past Africans have been commended for conducting elections free from violence. The Kenyan elections have raised the standard, elections must be credible. The Kenyan case highlights the need to develop transparent and inclusive electoral codes, independent electoral commissions while strengthening the voting systems in the various African countries.
The continent is facing major problems, from corruption, unemployment, lack of access to quality education and decent health care. The public health systems of many Africa countries are in shambles, in desperate need of financial investment but leaders travel to European and Asian nations to seek medical care. In August South Africa’s Health Minister Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said African leaders should be “ashamed” of the practice, and “We must promote our own,” public health systems. Corruption on the continent has also remained a major problem affecting social and economic development. This lack of political will and willingness to fight corruption has been fuelling the scourge on the continent, preventing millions of people from escaping the cycle of extreme poverty.