26 February 19

People in the DRC aren’t going to get the change they voted for after botched election

In the final days of 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) staged a historic presidential election after a series of delays postponed the vote for more than two years. The country was due to vote for a new president
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15 February 19

Tanzania is starting to look a lot like a one-party state once again

At the end of January, Tanzania’s parliament granted the country’s ruling government sweeping powers over rival political parties. Opposition legislators were quick to criticise the amendments, arguing they cement a “one-party rule” Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ruling party. For analysts looking at
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01 February 19

Kenyans should support the KRA’s move to broaden tax compliance

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has ambitious plans for the next three financial years: the taxman is aiming to almost double the number of taxpayers to seven million, both by encouraging taxpayers to pay their fair share, blocking delinquent taxpayers
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28 January 19

These are Africa’s fastest-growing economies in 2019

Despite growing speculation of a global economic crisis in 2020 and mounting challenges facing African nations, the International Monetary Fund and the African Development Bank (AfDB) both predict overall growth in Africa will improve in 2019 and 2020. In the 2019
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24 January 19

Was the DRC’s presidential election rigged?

Long before the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) finally held its long-delayed presidential election last month, speculation that the vote would be rigged was rife among large sections of the country’s political opposition. Initially, outgoing President Joseph Kabila was accused
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22 January 19

Could violent protests in Sudan topple Bashir?

Over the past two weeks, Sudan has been gripped by anti-governmental protests with security forces opening fire on crowds with live ammunition on multiple occasions. The Sudanese government says at least 19 people have been killed in protest violence but
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22 January 19

After almost 30 years, Ethiopia’s ethnic federalism is falling apart

As of 1991, Ethiopia has been the strongest working example of ethnic federalism, dividing the country into multiple regions and assigning land to major ethnic groups. For a country with more than 90 ethnolinguistic groups and a long history of ethnic
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20 January 19

What would a Chinese economic slowdown mean for Africa?

China’s extensive investment in Africa has drawn a lot of attention in the Western media over the past couple of decades. The Asian powerhouse has established itself as the single largest investor in Africa, promising to invest $175 billion across
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04 January 19

South Sudan’s rape crisis is shockingly unremarkable

According to new figures from the United Nations, over 1,100 people have suffered sexual violence in South Sudan this year, the highest figure since 2015. Pramila Patten, the UN’s senior-most expert, says rape and abuse is being used by both government
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21 December 18

Year in Review: The key things that happen in Eat Africa 2018

A lot can happen in East Africa over a 12-month period and every year there are landmark events that promise to shape the future of the region. Change comes quickly in this part of the world – both good and
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