The African Union and the European Union Part II: Security.

The African Union and the European Union Part II: Security.

The African continent faces a number of visible challenges within the security sphere. From sizeable but straightforward battles against narcotics dealing and piracy, to issues of immense complexity based on identity and sectarian conflict. Yet, among the 54 states that comprise the African region there are three issues the loom…

Ethnic clashes in the Mau had land and conservation undertones

Ethnic clashes in the Mau had land and conservation undertones

Unresolved issues of land and conservation of the Mau Forest Complex contributed to the ethnic clashes of December 2015 between the Kipsigis and Maasai in Narok County. Narok, Kenya—Unlike other Kenyans who celebrated Christmas with joy and cheer, Sila Kuyo marked the day with sadness and loss. Sila, 50, is…

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

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 is a freelance journalist.

Tanzania awaits final word on Lake Malawi dispute

Malawi and Tanzania have been at loggerheads on where the border should be drawn between the two countries on the third largest fresh water body in Africa-Lake Malawi also known as Lake Nyasa in the neighbouring country; Owen Nyaka investigates. A new revelation under President John Magufuli’s leadership shows that…

Owen Nyaka

Owen has been a jounalist since 2001 and worked in a number of print and electronic media including the Malawi's lone news agency.

Where to beyond Power Africa?

  The passage of the Power Africa bill through the US Congress this week will mean the creation of a new beginning for energy on the continent. The US Senate passed the act in mid-December, with a vote expected this week in the House of Representatives. The legislation, officially called…

A businessman’s solution to Uganda’s currency woes

Uganda entrepreneur Andrew Rugasira on January 10th launched Good African Chocolate to complement his existing line of Good African Coffees. Rugasira is hoping to leverage his decade long experience in getting his coffee onto western retail shelves to do the same for his chocolates. He is under no illusion that…

Paul Busharizi

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

Celebrating Africa’s innovators as the new year arrives

Between the 2nd and 11th December while world leaders and negotiators gathered at le Bouget for the climate conference, another important conference was going on in Paris. Planet workshops in partnership with a number of public and private organisations organised an African focus conference tagged “Land of African conference” at…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

How Africa can fight climate change by saving trees

“Paris is over. Now comes the hard part,” announced every obvious headline from the New York Times to the Bangkok Post, and most places in between. Heading back on the flight home, one wonders what the final signing of a climate change agreement really meant to delegates like Gabon, Democratic…

Thierry Durand

Thierry Durans is an environmental development consultant based in Paris with 5 years of experience of working in West Africa.

What does China’s new naval base mean for Djibouti?

Meeting on the sidelines of the China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) held last week in Johannesburg, South Africa, Djibouti’s President, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, and China’s Xi Jinping underlined their continued cooperation, stressing that the two states would strengthen mutual political trust and economic partnerships. This recently developed bond was all the more emphasized with…

Uganda: cattle rustling – once a revered cultural practice, now a trigger of conflicts

Cattle have always been a symbol of wealth and source of livelihood among many African communities. In the north eastern region of Uganda, cattle have an additional and important function among the Karimojong and Iteso, the two major ethnic groups. Both groups use cattle as a major currency for men…

James Odong

James is an all round journalist, broadcaster, writer, talk show host and human rights activist with a passion for news, good governance, the rule of law, gender and environmental protection.

Solar energy transforming lives in Kenya

Africa was dubbed the ‘dark continent’ due to the little knowledge that Europeans held about its populations and history. However, the phrase could be taking on a new meaning due to the fact that more than three quarters of the continent’s population live in rural areas and aren’t connected to the…

Lydia Limbe

Lydia Limbe is a freelance features writer who is based in Nairobi Kenya and has covered different parts of Africa, including the Indian Ocean Islands.