Uganda: out of the frying pan in 2015 and into the fire in 2016?

Uganda: out of the frying pan in 2015 and into the fire in 2016?

Ugandans are looking to the New Year with a combination of hope but mostly concern as 2015, a year characterised by economic hardship and rising political tension, winds down. In April the central bank raised its policy rates, a move for which they received a lot of criticism as inflation…

Paul Busharizi

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

Rwanda: Kagame’s strong rule endures

Rwanda: Kagame’s strong rule endures

President Paul Kagame’s Rwanda has defied international pressure and followed in the footsteps of other countries in the region by changing the constitution – enabling the former rebel commander and leader of the ruling party holds onto power. Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni scrapped term limits in 2005 and recently, Burundi President Pierre…

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

Benin: prime minister survives helicopter crash

Benin: prime minister survives helicopter crash

Benin’s prime minister, Lionel Zinsou, survived a helicopter crash when travelling to the northwest region of the country. The helicopter crash-landed on Saturday when attempting to land at a stadium in Djougou, Benin’s Interior Ministry, spokesperson, Leonce Houngbadji said. Houngbadji added that no one was hurt in the incident. When…

CAR: elections delayed by three days

Yesterday, the Central African Republic’s National Election Authority announced that the presidential and legislative elections will be delayed by three days. The elections were scheduled for Sunday December 27 and now will be held on Wednesday December 30. Prime Minister Muhamat Kamoun said that the delay was “to allow for…

Uganda: Pope Francis visit a welcome relief from campaign fever

Pope Francis visit to Uganda, a trip steeped in history, at the end of this week, threatens to bring much needed relief to a country in the throes of its most competitive presidential campaign in decades. Pope Francis will be the third Pope to visit Uganda when he touches ground…

Paul Busharizi

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

Ugandans should wake up, smell the coffee and get rid of Museveni

Elections, the vehicle that citizens are supposed to use to choose their leaders and effect the change they want, mean very little when the person you are trying to oust has spent decades entrenching himself as deeply as possible into power. This is a fact Uganda’s leading opposition leader, Dr….

Patience Akumu

Patience is a Kampala-based features writer who specialises in human rights and social justice issues.

Zanzibar officially annuls elections

Zanzibar the semi-autonomous archipelago has officially annulled its elections held last month after rising tension and violence over the self-proclaimed victory by the opposition before the official results were announced. The local election commission in Zanzibar scrapped the Zanzibar presidential vote saying “gross violations” had been committed. Agence France-Presse reported…

Uganda gears up for three-way presidential race

At the end of the two-day nomination process in Uganda’s capital, Kampala on Wednesday, it is clear that a three-way race for the presidency is on the cards, an unfamiliar situation that promises some tantalising outcomes. President Yoweri Museveni, the wily veteran going into his fifth presidential bid, lines up…

Paul Busharizi

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

Tensions continue to rise in Zanzibar

Tensions in Zanzibar continue to grow with two bombs exploding only minutes apart from the main city. However, no one was killed or injured. On Sunday Tanzania held national elections including a vote in Zanzibar which is a semi-autonomous archipelago. The opposition had claimed victory after Sunday’s vote but the…

Is Tanzania’s electoral behavior taking a turn for the worse?

Dogged by suspicions of planned rigging way before the poll date, fears of poll violence and an electorate seen as intolerant in its first really competitive elections, Tanzania seems to have taken a new turn. NAIROBI, Kenya— Tanzania’s 2015 general election has been described as different from other elections held…

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.

Cote d’Ivoire: hoping to sustain peace during elections

Cote d’Ivoire is gearing up for presidential elections set for tomorrow (October 25). The campaigning part of the election run up formally ended yesterday, with seven candidates running against incumbent President Alassane Dramane Ouattara. Ouattara was elected in 2010 but not without tension and violence. The then-president Laurent Gbagbo refused…

Time for Change in Tanzania

Despite a rapidly transforming world, bringing about change remains a difficult prospect. One example is Tanzania’s upcoming election on October 25th. For the first time in 55 years the ruling party, CCM (Party of the Revolution), faces the prospect of defeat if the elections are free and fair. Unfortunately, the…

Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe

Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe is a Member of Parliament and Chairman of Chadema, Tanzania’s leading opposition political party.

Tensions in Burundi continue to rise

On October first the European Union announced that it was imposing sanctions on four officials close to Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza. The EU executed a travel ban and asset freeze on the four for allegedly blocking peaceful attempts meant to help resolve the country’s nearly six-month-long conflict. The sanctions stimulated…

Guinea: President Alpha Conde wins second term

Guinea’s President, Alpha Conde, has won the absolute majority in the first round of elections and is now set to serve his second five-year-term. The announcement that Conde had won the October 11 poll was made on Saturday declaring that he had taken nearly 58 per cent of the vote….

Challenging patriarchal systems in DRC: women running for office

Heartbroken, Berthe Mapendo Muke returned to the village she knew full of life only to find it burned to the ground. Green, mountainous and packed with soil, Masisi turned to ashes because of perpetual conflict from armed groups and ethnic militias. In the past two decades there’s been bloodshed in…

Roxanne L. Scott

Roxanne L. Scott is a freelance reporter based in Queens, New York.