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WHO cancels appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador
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Politics and Society WHO cancels appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador

The World Health Organization has rescinded its decision appointing Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following global outrage. The decision to revoke Mugabe’s appointment has divided opinion, welcomed and celebrated by the country’s citizens, who were most vocal against it. Mugabe’s supporters have called the cancellation of the appointment as a “disappointing decision”.

Cartoon: UN condemns violence in Cameroon and commends calls for dialogue
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Politics and Society Cartoon: UN condemns violence in Cameroon and commends calls for dialogue

The death toll has risen in Cameroon’s English-speaking region following clashes between security forces and protesters calling for independence. Rights group Amnesty International says at least 17 people were killed in clashes. People in the region have been pushing for independence from Cameroon after protesting of years of marginalization by the dominant French-speaking region. President Paul Biya on his Facebook page condemned the violence and called for dialogue. The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also strongly condemned the violence and commended the calls for a discussion on the issues raised by protesters.

When the revolution is no longer revolutionary, but change is still needed
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Politics and Society When the revolution is no longer revolutionary, but change is still needed

It has been almost a year since the strike action against the overshadowing of the Anglophone Common Law and educational systems in Cameroon broke out. No one could predict that the protests would evolve into a debacle marked by violence on both sides and placing the very people who started them in a difficult dilemma.

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.

Young Continent, Old Leaders
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Politics and Society Young Continent, Old Leaders

Currently at 1.2 billion, Africa’s population is projected to more than double by 2050 and quadruple by 2100, reaching 4 billion. Young people make up a large part of Africa’s population but the continent is home to aging and many of the world’s longest-serving presidents. Unemployment is a reality across the continent and with the projected doubling population by 2050 new political, social and economic challenges face Africa. While African youth still remain marginalised in terms of political and civic engagement/involvement, the trend is beginning to change, and Africa’s growing and large youth population presents great opportunities.