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Can Botswana’s democracy carry spirit of the Kalahari?

Botswana has long been hailed as a ‘miracle’ of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. In the last ten years however, this gilded reputation earned during 1970’s and 1980’s which reflected high economic growth levels and political stability, has lost much of its lustre. This apparent shift and recent developments seem to support claims of increasing centralisation of authority of the President, corruption, cronyism, misuse of state funds during elections in favour of the ruling party, and crackdowns on dissenting opposition politicians and journalists.

Commemorating Gukurahundi

There are many things that Zimbabweans are still too scared to speak about in public and that the government is very keen to keep buried. But the most sensitive issue by far is Gukurahundi – the codename for a brutal military operation in Matabeleland in the 1980s that left over 20,000 civilians dead.

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Zambia Elections 2016: ZEIC Launches Citizens Pre-Election Report

A pre-election report providing a comprehensive view of events and activities in the run-up to the elections. In this report offered to key stakeholders and the electorate, ZEIC notes a number of key issues that may be determining factors in the delivery of a free fair and credible elections.

Ozias Tungwarara's picture

Tanzania 2015 Elections: Failure is not an Option

In many instances election management resembles crises management.

Ozias Tungwarara's picture

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.


Proposed SADC Parliament

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State Reconstruction in Zimbabwe

The meeting explored some of the most important challenges presently facing state reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, and considered strategies to accelerate the process.

Sisonke Msimang's picture

True leadership has no gender

I was younger than my colleagues in senior management and had just had a baby. And, of course, I was a woman working in the notoriously male-dominated sector of human rights and governance.

Ozias Tungwarara's picture

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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