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Tanzania 2015 Elections: Failure is not an Option

In many instances election management resembles crises management.

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Xenophobia in South Africa: A lack of visionary leadership

One of the reasons cited for South Africans’ hostile attitude to foreigners is the causal link between foreigners and the country’s social ills, What's the role of the visionary African leadership in light of the current crisis.

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Malawi and South Africa: A tale of two elections

As President Jacob Zuma was being inaugurated as South Africa’s president for a second and final term, his Malawian counterpart, President Joyce Banda was annulling the just held elections.  She cited section 82 (2) of the constitution that provides that the president shall provide executive leadership in the interests of national unity and ordered fresh elections in the next 90 days.

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Is RENAMO eating its own vomit?

On Monday this week RENAMO announced that it was pulling out of Mozambique’s 1992 peace accord, which ended a brutal 16 year civil war that killed a million people.  The decision came after the Mozambican army attacked RENAMO’s military base in Santungira in Central Sofala province and sent Alfonso Dhlakama, the leader of RENAMO, fleeing into the Gorongosa mountains.

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Uneven playing fields fosters violence

The recent outbreak of violence in Mozambique, widely suspected to be the work of RENAMO, is deeply worrying not only for Mozambique but the whole sub-region. Already calls are being made for SADC and AU to engage with the deteriorating situation after four policemen and three civilians were killed in ambushes of a truck and two buses at the weekend.

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Polling time in Kenya and Zimbabwe

Kenya and Zimbabwe hold critical elections this year. Kenyans will go to the polls on 4th March to elect a president, members of the senate and parliament, county governors, civic wards, and women county representatives. Just 12 days later, Zimbabweans will vote in a referendum on a new constitution and then hopefully hold presidential and parliamentary elections in July.

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Ethiopia's twin obelisks

It stands erect like a genetically modified Obelisk. 20 floors of the new African Union (AU) headquarters jar the Addis skyline. Government functionaries, continental civil servants and NGO types mix and mingle, renewing acquaintances, checking when you flew in and when you will fly out.  “We need to talk...can we do lunch...let’s have a bilateral." Hands move in and out of jacket pockets and wallets as we exchange colourful business cards. It's tea break, we stuff ourselves with muffins, Danish pastries and sandwiches.

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Democracy in South Africa is a messy business

Another strike, another big stink? The South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) is threatening to go on strike next week. This after president Jacob Zuma forgot to consult the 220,000 member union before signing the Municipal Systems Amdendment Bill into law. Not that the president is obliged to consult unions before signing bills into law, in this instance Zuma made a pledge to the SAMWU that he would consult them before signing the bill.

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