- Greg Nicolson
An arduous three-year political transition came to an end in the Central African Republic on 30 March with the inauguration of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, winner in the 14 February run-off presidential elections with almost 63% of the vote. But the country’s crisis is far from over. By THIBAUD LESUEUR for INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP.
The chanters are Mourides, members of Senegal’s most prominent Sufi order. They are celebrating the Grand Magal, the order’s annual festival which sees two-million jubilant devotees thronging the streets of the holy city of Touba, deep in the country’s dusty interior, in a three-day frenzy of feasting, worship and rapture. By MARK WESTON.
One Zambian mine, Kansanshi in Solwezi, has consistently paid most corporate tax countrywide over the past decade. Mining, too, is the country’s main foreign exchange earner, and supplies one-fifth of government revenue. But while mining remains important, it will never generate the number of jobs that Zambia needs to create for its growing population. A more diverse approach is needed. By GREG MILLS and DICKIE DAVIS.
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.