Bongo victory in Gabon meets with muted response

International response was muted Monday following a weekend decision by the Constitutional Court in Gabon to uphold the contested August re-election results that return President Ali Bongo to office. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for restraint and respect for human rights in a statement Sunday, while welcoming Bongo’s appeal…

AU acts on election unrest in Gabon, DRC

The African Union plans to send observers to Gabon, to assist the Consitutional Court with a recount of votes cast in last month’s disputed presidential election. The Peace and Security Council of the AU has asked for observers from other French-speaking nations to assist, the Mail & Guardian reports. The…

Victory for Museveni in Uganda polls brings legacy into sharp relief

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni’s victory to rule for a fifth term  left the capital, Kampala, an opposition stronghold, in stunned silence as dark clouds loomed over the east African nation’s political future. After a three month campaign the Electoral commission announced that Museveni had won an assailable 5.6m votes or…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

Uganda: elections marked by less violence, despite anxiety

Ugandans went to the polls Thursday with reports of delays in the delivery of voting materials in many polling stations of the capital Kampala. Despite these glaring hitches, the just ended campaign season has been marked with a low level of violence and campaign mayhem in comparison to the four…

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

At 30 years in power, Museveni’s record is a mixed bag

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, on Tuesday celebrated thirty years in power. He is now on the last leg of his campaign to extend his rule by five more years. When he seized power in 1986, he promised to rule for four years and was famously quoted saying Africa’s problem…

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

Zanzibar: CCM call for election rerun

While the situation remains calm in Zanzibar, the archipelago has not had a parliament since November last year due to questions over the validity of the presidential vote. Even though President John Magufuli was the winner in Tanzania, Zanzibar remains in a confused state of affairs. The semi-autonomous archipelago went…

CAR: 20 candidates call to suspend the vote count

20 of the 30 candidates competing for the position of president in Central African Republic have demanded that authorities halt the vote count due to what they consider to be abnormalities in the ballot, reported Reuters. Polling stations opened on the morning of Wednesday December 30 after numerous delays. The…

Kagame announces bid for third term

Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president, has announced that he is planning to run for re-election in 2017. Kagame is seeking a third term after a constitutional referendum approved the modifications that will enable him to run for three more terms which means he could stay ruling Rwanda until 2034. Initially, the…

Polls open in CAR

The much delayed presidential elections are going ahead today in the Central African Republic. Polling stations opened this morning with the hope that the awaited elections will bring some stability to the country by returning democratic rule. CAR has gone through many years of violence after President Francois Bozize was…