Will Kenya stand up to Big Tobacco?

The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance called this month for a government probe into cigarette maker BAT, an investigation that is years overdue. For the better part of a decade, Kenya’s anti-smoking legislation has been delayed, diverted and influenced by BAT, with bribery claims first coming to light thanks to the…

Monica Gitau

Monica is a freelance journalist based in Kenya

DRC: Joseph Kabila’s desperate lobbying attempts laid bare

It is quite an audacious undertaking to compare a brutally despotic dictator against an exiled man who was forced to flee his home country to protect his life, and have the dictator come out on top. Alas, that is exactly what a recent sponsored hit piece in the Washington Times…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

Changing Climate Already Changing Africa: Are We Really Prepared?

The misfortune that comes with landslides and flooding has hit Sierra Leone, one of the jewels of Africa. May this moment of pain forever be etched in our memories as Africans as a lesson and moment of wisdom. To proceed let’s put things in perspective. In Sierra Leone and across…

Dr. Richard Munang

Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator.

Will Lesotho rise to the challenge of a new SADC reform deadline?

In early August, Prime Minister Tom Thabane of Lesotho promised that the small southern African kingdom would stop being the “bad boys” of the region and its 16-nation Southern African Development Community. “Enough is enough,” Thabane said, as he vowed to move forward with a framework for comprehensive reforms that…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

An international effort to help Sierra Leone

The images from Sierra Leone following Monday’s flooding and landslide are heartbreaking, leading some to wonder how much more trauma the small West African nation can absorb. It’s still rebuilding communities after an Ebola outbreak that claimed more than 3,500 lives before the World Health Organization declared its end little…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

The chilling effects of the Congolese press crackdown

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to stop harassing and detaining journalists after at least 18 reporters were arrested while attempting to cover anti-government protests at the end of last month. Demonstrators across the country had gathered…

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.

How PPPs can stop the next superbugs

Recent outbreaks of cholera in parts of Africa and the Middle East have served as timely reminders of the potentially devastating health, security, and economic threats posed by antibiotic resistance. Most recently, in light of the episodes that struck Kenya this summer, microbiologist Samuel Kariuki highlighted the growing risk posed…

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.