- Simon Allison
Stereotypical African dictator Yahya Jammeh doesn’t suffer enemies gladly. But he’s made plenty during his 22 years in charge of the Gambia, and a recent wave of unrest indicates that his opponents are gaining strength. But can these delicate beginnings of a mass movement withstand the president’s penchant for brutal repression? By SIMON ALLISON.
If you don’t know the name, you should: more than any other African, Carlos Lopes is in charge of steering this continent’s economic future. As the head of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa, it is Lopes’ job to advise, cajole and direct governments into making sensible policy, and then implement it. He tells SIMON ALLISON how it should be done.
There’s been some kind of international peacekeeping force in Darfur for more than a decade. While their role has always been unpopular with the Sudanese government, the current iteration – a hybrid mission run by the United Nations and the African Union – is coming under huge pressure to withdraw. By NUBA REPORTS.
Hitting the campaign trail ahead of the 2017 election, Uhuru Kenyatta addressed a supportive audience in Nakuru. Once again, and although the charges against him have been dropped, the International Criminal Court proved to be a mightily-effective punching bag for the Kenyan president. By NJERI KIMANI.
Namibia’s efforts to crack down on its growing hard drugs problem have been severely compromised by turmoil in the police narcotics unit – including an internal probe of its commander over his alleged ties with an arrested drug merchant. By Tileni Mongudhi for The Namibian’s investigative unit in association with the Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism.
Domingos Catete got drunk one night and accidentally slept in someone else’s car. Eight years later, he’s still in jail, waiting to be charged. He’s just one of a number of similar cases, where Angolan authorities have abused and distorted the principle of preventive detention. By RAFAEL MARQUES for Maka Angola.
Did terrorists inch Africa and Europe closer together last month? An attack by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) at an Ivory Coast beach resort which left 22 dead was followed less than 10 days later by an attack in Brussels claimed by Islamic State (IS) that left 35 dead and injured more than 300. Many analysts believe closer security co-operation between African and European governments is sure to follow. By TERENCE McNAMEE.
Muhammadu Buhari spoke out clearly when he took over Nigeria’s presidential seat from Goodluck Jonathan in May last year: “We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents,” Commentary by Ayo Obe and Nnamdi Obasi for INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP.
A second trip, 32 years and a few months after the first, down the Mulungushi ravine was as exhilarating and interesting as it was all those years ago, the trolley going down a narrow track at a 45° angle connected to the “Allen West & Co, Brighton, England” winch at the top by a single cable, and some rudimentary engineering. You have to be a little off your own trolley to make the journey on that one. By GREG MILLS and DICKIE DAVIS.
After a long legal fight, both Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are now free from the attentions of The Hague. While Kenya’s ruling elite have welcomed the decision to drop charges, the victims of the country’s devastating post-election violence have a rather different response. By NJERI KIMANI.