Assessing the alarm over Zambia’s Lungu and a state of emergency

Assessing the alarm over Zambia’s Lungu and a state of emergency

There is no escape, really, from the realization that the incremental encroachments on Zambia’s democratic freedoms have now moved the country into a frightening moment. Word that President Edgar Lungu is to declare a national state of emergency appears to mark a new phase of political power for a president…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Benin reveals Talon had surgery during Paris stay

Officials in Benin said Monday that President Patrice Talon did in fact undergo two separate surgeries during a recent visit to Paris that sparked much speculation about the state of his health. On May 26, Talon received treatment for a prostate lesion, the statement released to media said. The minor…

Gabon politician arrested for bomb threats ahead of ICC inquiry

A former presidential candidate in Gabon was arrested Friday after leading a group of armed opposition members who took over television broadcast stations in Libreville, demanding that they broadcast a message calling for President Ali Bongo to step down within 72 hours and make way for opposition coalition leader Jean…

Kenya: Audit finds millions of discrepancies in voter registrations

An independent audit of Kenya’s voter registration rolls shows a number of discrepancies, including 2.9 million voters with some type of inaccuracy in their records, with the recommendation that thousands of names of now-deceased persons need to be removed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya. Comprehensive…

Joseph Kabila: The Dictator in His Labyrinth

Trying to stave off what could be Africa’s next civil war, the United States and the European Union have hit several high-ranking officials in President Joseph Kabila’s government with sanctions for their alleged role in human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The officials are close associates of…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.