Politics

Fri,16Nov2018

Politics

Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of Sokoto, Nigeria

All rights reservedWith his long commitment to interfaith dialogue  and social justice, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah  of the Catholic diocese of Sokoto sounds some warnings about threats to Nigeria’s national cohesion

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OPINION: Tanzania has always been an autocracy

Once upon a time, there was a democraty...
At lunchtime on 7 September 2017, I was followed home from parliament. Outside my home, two gunmen emerged from a car and opened fire at close range with sub-machine guns. My car was sprayed with 38 rounds of bullets, 16 of which hit my body. I was flown to the Nairobi Hospital in Kenya for emergency treatment. My lead surgeon later told me that I lost my entire stock of blood three times over.

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Spotlight: Jewel Howard Taylor

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Elected vice-president in December, the ex-wife of war criminal Charles Taylor is a rising star in Liberia’s politics. Clearly ambitious, she is content to play second fiddle to President Weah for now

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OPINION: Is making the right noises enough of a plan?

Is making the right noises enough of a plan?

Were there a prize for making all the right noises, then in his first 100 days as president of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa would surely have won it. Assiduously projecting a businesslike demeanour, he was anything but the crocodile of old. His performance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, carefully calibrated for the cameras, was masterly.

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Nigeria: Back to the drawing board

 

SEYLLOU/AFPConstitutional reform is suddenly top of the agenda again, with distribution of oil revenues and security  the burning issues ahead of elections next year

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South Africa: Who guards the guardians?

 

Photo: Kim Ludbrook/EPA/MAXPPKey judicial and security institutions were undermined over the course of Zuma’s two terms as president. Fixing them is one of  the new Ramaphosa administration’s top goals

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I won’t change the constitution: Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President, Mauritania

 

Photo: Watt Abdel JelilWithout mincing his words, the head of state reviews some of the country’s issues, including his succession, relations with neighbouring countries and the Bouamatou saga

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