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…

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: 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.

Guinea elections go ahead

Guinea’s elections are still continuing amid questions into boycotting the polls and violence in the lead up. Clashes in the capital, Conakry, have continued since Thursday killing at least two people and injuring around 20, reported Deutsche Welle (DW). These presidential elections are to be the second democratic vote the…

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza wins third term in office

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza wins his third term in office in disputed presidential elections. The results were announced on Friday by Burundi’s electoral commission. The elections have been marred with violence and were boycotted by Nkurunziza’s opposition. Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, the head of the electoral commission, told reporters on Friday…

Burundi’s presidential elections continue amid violence

Monday July 21, Burundi’s presidential elections have gone ahead amid violence in the country. Since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s announced that he was planning to run for a third consecutive term widespread tension and violence erupted in the country. The night before the elections gunfire and explosions killed two people in…

Controversial Burundi elections

Monday June 29, 2015, polls opened for the first round of Burundi’s controversial parliamentary elections amid violence and turmoil within the state. The African Union has announced it is pulling out its election observers stating that the elections are neither free nor fair. There has been much international criticism since…