Uganda: elections marked by less violence, despite anxiety

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

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 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…

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

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

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

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.