Corruption is at the root of what ends in angry commuter protests.
African students have often been victims of racially motivated attacks in India, and the recent brutal attacks of several Nigerian students has caused an uproar across the continent. The attacks on Nigerian nationals have also strained diplomatic relations between India and Nigeria.
Six aid workers were ambushed and killed in South Sudan last week. The aid workers were travelling from the country’s capital, Juba to Pibor. The victims included three South Sudanese and three Kenyans. The U.N says, close to 80 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013. The continued killing of aid workers severely affects the provision of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in a country facing famine, and political instability. The attack has continued to draw strong criticism across the world.
Several conflicts have rocked various African countries over the years, leading to the death, injury and displacement of millions. There are current cases of political instability across the continent, with violence and unrest raging on in South Sudan, Burundi, and Somalia amongst other insecure countries. Against the backdrop of the unrest in these countries, we revisit seven civil wars in Africa, which we must never forget.
From 1964 to 1991, Zambia knew only one president: Kenneth Kaunda. Since then, the country has had five democratically elected presidents. The presidential election of 11 August 2016 was anything but free and fair, however. A few weeks after the polls, Charles Mafa reflects on the state of Zambia’s democracy.
Opposition protests turned violent on Wednesday in central Harare as Zimbabwean police fired teargas and used water cannons and baton sticks to disperse demonstrators protesting against police brutality and the economic crisis facing the country.
The internationally mediated new peace talks between the ruling Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) – its official parliamentary opposition as well as its enemy on the battlefield – began with great fanfare in Maputo on Thursday last week, but were suspended indefinitely just two days later.
What happens when the people who are supposed to protect you turn into your killers? That’s the question many Kenyans are grappling with after a well-regarded lawyer and two other individuals were killed last week. All the evidence points to a corrupt clique of police officers. On Monday there were protests across Kenya against extrajudicial Killings by the police. But many Kenyans say the issue is bigger and point to a culture in which executions have become the new normal
With just over a year to go before Kenya holds its next general elections, the political climate in the country seems to be reaching a peak.