Africa

Joseph Kabila has violated SADC’s founding objectives without consequence

Political instability rocked the Democratic Republic of Congo in December 2016, when Joseph Kabila chose not to stand down as president of the central African nation when his term in office ended. He remained as president of the DRC.

Today, the DRC is encumbered with an unelected head of state that has scant regard for the common law, human rights and ...

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Uganda MPs vote to scrap presidential age limit

Uganda’s parliament has approved a constitutional change that will allow the current president to run for an unprecedented sixth term in office. After three days of debate, MPs voted overwhelmingly to remove the age limit of 75 for presidential candidates. It means 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled for more than 30 years, can seek re-election in 2021. A ...

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Ramaphosa vows to fight South Africa corruption

The new leader of South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to fight corruption and pursue a policy of “radical economic transformation”. Closing the party’s conference, he said tackling unemployment and poverty should also be key party policies. Mr Ramaphosa was elected on Monday to succeed President Jacob Zuma as party leader. He is in a ...

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Jonathan Moyo a political refugee in Kenya?

Former ZBC presenter Ezra ‘Tshisa’ Sibanda has said it is now clear that the former Zanu-PF spin doctor Professor Jonathan Moyo is being hosted by the Kenyan government as a political refugee. Sibanda made these remarks on social media on Sunday when he shared two images showing Moyo wearing a barret “belonging to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ruling JUBILEE coalition.” The ...

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How Jacob Zuma’s presidency shaped South African speech

With just days before South Africa’s scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma steps down as leader of the governing African National Congress (ANC), we look at how the controversies around him have influenced the way South Africans express themselves. Here are our top 10 phrases which have become part of the vocabulary since President Zuma became ANC leader in December 2007. 1) ...

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