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28 September 2016 19:05 (South Africa)

We want some of that future: Zim's excluded parties a demand greater role

  • Greg Nicolson
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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

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Photo: A wound on a man’s hand after violence erupted at a rally that was supposed to be addressed by the Zimbabwe People First party president Joice Mujuru, in Glen View, Harare, Zimbabwe, 12 March 2016. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

#AfricanLivesMatterToo: The romanticising of a continent’s failures

By Babatunde Fagbayibo
Main photo: Nagomba E., 75, standing where her house used to be in Mwabulambo, Karonga district. She and her family were told to relocate in 2008 because the land was needed for coal mining. © 2016 Lauren Clifford-Holmes for Human Rights Watch

Op-Ed: Unregulated promotion of mining in Malawi causing hazards and hardships

By Birgit Schwarz
Photo: President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari speaks at the US-Africa Business Forum at the Plaza Hotel, in New York City, New York, USA, 21 September 2016. The forum is focused on trade and investment opportunities on the African continent for African heads of government and American business leaders. EPA/DREW ANGERER / POOL

Nigeria’s triple secession threat

By Simon Allison
Photo: Ma Gweja money courier Gerald Miyambo at work. Photo: Ray Mwareya

GroundUp: How does an illegal gold miner get money across the border?

By GroundUp
Photo: Berbera, Somaliland - a delegation from EU Naval Force’s sister mission, EUCAP Nestor and local Somaliland authorities visited HNLMS Johan de Witt to view the training. (Photo EU Naval Force)

Could Somaliland’s new port change the country’s future?

Photo: A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) worker carries a tusk of an elephant as they offload them from a container to a burning site at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, 20 April 2016. Containers loaded with ivory tusks from various parts of the country such as Mombasa, Voi, Nanyuki and other places are being offloaded at the burning site ahead of the ivory burning event on 30 April 2016 where 105 tonnes of ivory is set to be burned. This would be the single biggest haul ever to be burned. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Op-Ed: Calls for greater protection for African elephants could re-open international ivory trade

By Carlos Drews
Photo by Standard Media, Kenya

In the Hot Seat: Kenyan musician lands in trouble after a spell in the president’s chair

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Joseph Kabila, in Kinshasa, 19 February 2015. EPA/MICHAEL KAPPELER

DRC: Kabila cracks down – and will probably get away with it

By Simon Allison
Photo: A picture made available on 07 May 2016 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking during the 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the first such congress held in 36 years since 1980, in Pyongyang, North Korea, 06 May 2016. EPA/KCNA

Op-Ed: Africa’s role in strengthening sanctions against North Korea

Photo: A file photograph dated 15 June 2011 shows newly arrived Somali refugees at Ifo camp, one of three camps that make up sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Dadaab, north-eastern Kenya. Kenyan government announced on 06 May 2016 that it will close the country's two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, citing economic burden and security threats. The closure of the camps would displace some 600,000 refugees. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

How to get rid of refugees, Kenyan style

By Simon Allison
Photo: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) and his Deputy William Ruto (L) greet as they salute supporters at the Kasarani stadium during the official launch of the Jubilee Party ahead of the 2017 general elections in Kenya's capital Nairobi September 10, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Party politics the Kenyan way as politicians prepare for 2017 poll

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi address reporters after a meeting at the US Department of State in Washington DC on September 14, 2016. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain

A delicate balance: Mozambique’s Nyusi in Washington

Photo: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta smiles after winning in 2013 Presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU.

Op-Ed: Kenyan media is being silenced through violence

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A file picture dated 26 December 2014 showing smoke rising from a large fuel depot fire, al-Sidra, Libya, during fighting. EPA/STRINGER

ICG: After Libya’s oil grab, compromise could lead to a resumption of exports

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A child in Chikwidzire harvesting bananas. Photo: Ray Mwareya

GroundUp: Drought leaves women farmers open to exploitation

By GroundUp
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa honours Lt. Gen of the Lesotho Defense Force Tlali Kamoli during the official closing ceremony of the SADC Observer Mission, SADC House, Kingdom of Lesotho. 30 March 2015 (GCIS via Flickr)

amaBhungane: End in sight for Lesotho’s troublemaker-in-chief


Central African Republic: Inside the cholera epidemic

By Didier Martial Pabandji
Photo: Zambia's President Edgar Lungu attends a signing ceremony with French President Francois Hollande (not pictured) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 08 February 2016. EPA/PHILIPPE WOJAZER

Zambia: After a bruising election, Lungu confronts multiple crises

By Simon Allison
Photo: Fadumo Dayib (Harvard Kennedy School)

Somalia: As stability returns, Fadumo Dayib throws her hat into the election ring

By Teresa Krug
Photo: Namibia's them Prime Minister Hage Geingob leaves the fourth EU-Africa Summit of Heads of States at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 03 April 2014. EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

Inside the House Namibia Built: Open Windows and a breath of fresh air

By Greg Mills

ISS Today: East African Community must use its leverage in Burundi

By Stephanie Wolters
Photo: Three children ride in a donkey cart near Borakalalo village in South Africa's North West Province, Thursday 22 December 2005. EPA/JON HRUSA

The Great African Donkey Rush

By Simon Allison

AmaBhungane: Degrees of deception uncovered in alleged bogus university

Photo: Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe addresses a media conference at State house in Harare, on the eve of the country’s general elections, July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

The World Bank’s plan to bail out Mugabe’s government

By Simon Allison
Op-Ed: President of the African Union Commission Jean Ping during a press conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at a session of the Africa/EU summit in Tripoli, Libya, 30 November 2010. EPA/SABRI ELMHEDWI

Op-Ed: The truth according to Jean Ping

By Babatunde Fagbayibo
Photo: Chairman of the African Union Commission Jean Ping delivers a speech at a press conference during the 15th African Union Summit in Kampala, Uganda, 27 July 2010. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Gabon: Jean Ping and the boy who didn’t cry wolf

By Simon Allison
Photo: Members of the vigilante group of Amchidé, Far North, Cameroon. (CRISIS GROUP/Hans De Marie Heungoup)

ICG: In the Tracks of Boko Haram in Cameroon

By International Crisis Group
Photo: In this photo by an unknown photographer, police in Harare appear to beat a man.

GroundUp: Dodging tear gas in Zimbabwe’s riot-torn capital

By GroundUp
Photo: Mothers wash clothes in a Red Cross refugee camp after they left their township houses in the area due to the xenophobia attacks in the Primrose, Johannesburg, South Africa, 19 April 2015. Xenophobic attacks that started in the port city of Durban spread to Johannesburg. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: My Friend, a Refugee

By Gushwell Brooks