Zambian political parties move forward with dialogue on reforms

Zambian political parties move forward with dialogue on reforms

Zambia is moving forward with plans for an inclusive political dialogue chaired by the country’s religious leaders, amid renewed concerns of political violence spurred by clashes earlier this month during a parliamentary by-election in Chilanga. The Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) has been working on the process since last…

Kabila’s Latest Gambit: Stacking the DRC’s Constitutional Court

While health workers race to protect his people, almost 8 million of which are already on the verge of starvation, from a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Congolese leader Joseph Kabila is—as usual—looking after his own interests. A year and a half after the official end of his…

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.

DRC says Kabila foe Katumbi is not a citizen, but will he return?

There’s been much speculation on when and how Moïse Katumbi, the exiled Congolese political leader who announced a presidential run in March, will return to the country. Katumbi, the candidate of the “Together for Change” coalition challenging Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, has said he will return home…

Sierra Leone: Maada Bio inauguration marred by stampede

In Sierra Leone, at least one person has died and another 20 were injured during the inauguration ceremony for President Julius Maada Bio in Freetown on Saturday. “The death figure may rise because we are still taking injured people from the stadium,” a Red Cross official, Unisa Carew, told Agence…

Emergency GNA meeting follows Libya election HQ attack

Libya’s Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidential Council for the Government of National Accord (GNA),  called an emergency meeting with security leaders Wednesday following a terrorist attack on the national election headquarters in Tripoli. The head of the Presidential Council for the Government of National Accord (GNA) issued a statement…

Buhari plans 2019 election run, heads for official London visit

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced plans Monday to run for a second presidential term in the 2019 elections, a much-anticipated decision amid concerns over the 75-year-old Buhari’s health and fitness for office. Buhari made the decision public ahead of his departure for the UK on Monday, where he plans to meet…

Zambia’s PF tosses Cambridge Analytica into spat with Hichilema

Politicians in Zambia are distancing themselves from opposition political leader Hakainde Hichilema, following his accusation that Janet Rogan, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) representative and country coordinator in Zambia, helped President Edgar Lungu to manipulate votes in the 2016 election. They’re also taking the opportunity to call for an…

Cameroon bans weapon sales in Anglophone regions

Cameroon’s government has banned the sale of weapons in six of the country’s regions, including the troubled Anglophone areas and those adjacent to them. Paul Atanga Nji, the Permanent Secretary of the National Security Council and Minister of Territorial Administration, said the sale of weapons for hunting and self-defense, as…

Maada Bio wins Sierra Leone election

Julius Maada Bio, the opposition candidate of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), has won the country’s presidential election runoff with 51.8 percent of the votes, the National Election Commission (NEC) announced late Wednesday. Maada Bio received 1,319,406 votes, narrowly defeating All People’s Congress (APC) candidate Samura Kamara, who took 48.2 percent…