- Khadija Patel
Another brutal crackdown on protests in Kenya resulted in at least three fatalities on Monday. This has been coming for several weeks, ever since the opposition launched its weekly demonstrations against the country’s electoral commission, and raises serious questions about Kenya’s ability to hold a peaceful vote next year. By NJERI KIMANI.
Slowly but surely, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption drive is nabbing his predecessor’s key lieutenants. But what to do with former president Goodluck Jonathan himself? There’s enough circumstantial evidence to suggest that there is a strong case for Jonathan to answer, but it might just be more trouble than it is worth to arrest him. By SIMON ALLISON.
Pastor Evan Mawarire started the most subversive protest movement in Zimbabwe’s recent history by accident. He was fed up with the state of his nation, and decided to share his frustrations online. Turns out that he’s not the only frustrated Zimbabwean. In an in-depth interview, Mawarire tells SIMON ALLISON why Zimbabwe is broken – and how citizens can start fixing it.
On 23 September 2015 South African Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba announced that citizens of Lesotho who were working, studying, or running a business in South Africa without proper papers would have the opportunity to regularise their status for up to four years (until April 2020). By JOHN AERNI-FLESSNER.
The World Economic Forum has its critics. It’s a club for capitalists, a refuge for rich people, the kind of place where everyone lambasts Panama for being a tax haven in public and discusses its advantages in private. But still, it does have its advantages. It’s a place where interesting people meet and speak. Sometimes they miss each other’s point, sometimes it’s very interesting. So far, Tony Blair has appeared to back Paul Kagame’s bid for a third term as Rwandan President, and Siyabonga Cwele has told us the development of data networks needs to come with a “focus on security”. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Having started in 2007 with a mere 800 people setting up to play in the desert, this year, 10 festivals and 10 years later, the cap on ticket sales was put at 11,779 with roughly 20% of participants flying in from overseas to take part. What is the phenomenon of AfrikaBurn? What makes people spend thousands on a week of roughing it in the desert? And where is this festival, formed and created by the people who attend it, headed? By NADIA ROSENTHAL.
After 30 years of unsuccessful protests, even violence, Abdirahman Mahdi, the Ogaden National Liberation Front’s (ONLF) foreign secretary and founding member, denies it is time for the Somali rebel group to give up their dream of self-determination and warns of an Arab Spring-style insurrection in Ethiopia. Mahdi was interviewed by Al Jazeera’s MARTINE DENNIS.
Africa’s mining sector is in crisis. At its root is a lack of trust between mining companies, governments and civil society. A failure to tackle this will have adverse implications for economic growth and employment prospects just as Africa’s need for jobs is rapidly increasing. Hence the formulation of a Zambezi Protocol under the chairmanship of former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, which aims to improve trust between parties to ensure longer-term investment horizons and improved competitiveness for Africa’s mining sector. The Protocol emerged following a dialogue held last month by the Brenthurst Foundation between opinion formers and mining companies on the banks of the Zambezi. By GREG MILLS and DICKIE DAVIS.
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.