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Cartoon: Zimbabwe’s coup d’état that never was?
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Politics and Society Cartoon: Zimbabwe’s coup d’état that never was?

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.

“Remove” Mugabe and “reclaim” your country Julius Malema tells Zimbabweans
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Politics and Society “Remove” Mugabe and “reclaim” your country Julius Malema tells Zimbabweans

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.

Cartoon: Kenya faces further political uncertainty with possibility of lengthy legal battle
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Politics and Society Cartoon: Kenya faces further political uncertainty with possibility of lengthy legal battle

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.

Credible elections, the bane of democracy in Africa
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Politics and Society Credible elections, the bane of democracy in Africa

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.

Africa keeps gasping for air
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Politics and Society Africa keeps gasping for air

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.