Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Abiy Ahmed’s Catch-22: What Should Ethiopia do?

Ethiopia is convulsing with national problems that will test the mettle of Abiy Ahmed’s administration. The country also faces a fraught situation emanating from...

Chilling Possibilities for Africa in the Aftermath of COVID-19, and What the African Union...

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released a revision of its January 2020 African Economic Outlook. The subtitle of the initial 2020 Outlook, “Africa’s economy...

The Election of Lazarus Chakwera as Malawi’s President: Hope notwithstanding daunting Challenges Ahead

The election of Lazarus Chakwera as President of Malawi is a cause for celebration, for multiple reasons. One reason is that the...

Why Zambia’s “Disgruntled” Young People Deserve Support

On Monday, 22 June 2020, some notable young people in Zambia staged a protest in an undisclosed location, lamenting Zambia’s multiple woes. Before the...

Zambia’s Continued Slide to Authoritarianism under the Edgar Lungu Regime

With 14 months to go before the 2021 general elections, Zambia’s calamitous decline of democracy continues. Calculations by The Economist’s Democracy Index show that since Edgar Lungu...

Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza: A Mixed Legacy and Lesson for African Leaders

Pierre Nkurunziza’s unforeseen death is as baffling as the recent politics of the country he led for the last 15 years. In his 15...

The George Floyd Affair: A Call to Ponder on the Treatment of Black Lives...

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in the United States has provoked widespread protests and revived the “Black Lives Matter” fervour. I don’t...

SADC: A Necessary Body or a Needless Cluster of Cowardly Cronies? 

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) convened an Extraordinary Organ Troika plus the Republic of Mozambique Summit of Heads of State and Government on 19 May...

Why Tiny Burundi Could be a Genesis of Regional Crisis

Last week I wrote a commentary about the worrying circumstances surrounding Burundi’s run-up to the 20 May 2020 elections. Burundi’s tragic history has been mainly blighted...

A Thought for Burundi

Africans ought to spare a thought for Burundi; the country is in political turmoil, and it will probably pay in terms of lives and...

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