Politics

Mystery surrounds death of Tanzanian president

The government says John Magufuli died of heart problems, but questions abound over what really happened to the 61-year-old, who had a doctorate in chemistry and warned against devastating Covid-19 lockdowns in Tanzania.   After spending the last year disputing…

Independent MP becomes Ghana’s kingmaker 

Ostracised by the ruling party, a single lawmaker holds the balance of power in Ghana’s feuding parliament. Shunned by Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the rundown to the December election, independent MP Andrew Asiamah Amoako has become the…

News in brief

NIGER The West African nation looks set to see its first democratic transition of power next month, after a one-time Interior Minister, Mohamed Bazoum, won Niger’s second-round presidential vote. Niger’s Electoral Commission announced that Bazoum, the ruling party candidate, had…

Will Zuma bring down the ANC?

Former South African president Jacob Zuma is facing possible jail time for refusing to give evidence to an anti-corruption commission.  The investigation into Jacob Zuma’s alleged corruption took an unexpected turn in February, after the former South African president and…

ICC in the dock 

As a former child soldier is convicted of war crimes for his role in Uganda’s brutal conflict, Zachary Ochieng asks whether The Hague is a roadblock to peace in Africa.  The conviction of former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic…

Liberia gripped by downfall of graft tsar

The country’s Nigeria-born anti-corruption head has been forced to quit after allegedly faking his own ID. By Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia. Liberia’s strict immigration laws have come under scrutiny, after the head of the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission was forced to…
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