Zimbabwe’s ruling party appears to be resorting to violence to block the main opposition party, MDC Alliance, which is headed by Nelson Chamisa, ... from campaigning and mobilising supporters in its stronghold, the rural areas. If the ruling Zanu PF fears an incursion into its heartland, how might the MDC Alliance respond?
Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan, is now being accused of not only continuing in her predecessor John Magufuli’s security tactics, but also of using repressive policies to maintain a one-party state.
In regional matters, Tanzania has deployed the second most military personnel, 270 to date, to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM).
“For President Samia Suluhu Hassan, the challenge is to protect Tanzania’s security, calm Mozambique’s concerns, manage Rwanda’s attempt to expand its sphere of influence into southern Africa, and ensure her acceptability to the Tanzanian political and security elite,” reports Africa Confidential.
The fight against the Islamists
- In 2017, the police and Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) rooted out Islamists who had Salafist and jihadist followings that were different from the traditional local Muslim establishment and attracted disaffected youth.
- Many were killed, but some escaped to Cabo Delgado, while others ended up in the DRC via Burundi.
- Now, Tanzania is defending itself from fighters entering into the country amongst the thousands displaced by the Cabo Delgado insurgency and crossing the border.
Samia’s security in office
Following Magufuli’s death, there were rumours that some did not want then Vice-President Hassan to take over, however, the top generals in the army guaranteed her succession as per Article 37 of the Constitution.
While her first 100 days in office appeared promising, having opened more freedom of expression, recent actions against the opposition suggest she will not veer that far off the path of Magufuli.
President Hassan has not strayed far from her predecessor’s policies, both domestically and across the region.
The full version of this article can be found in Africa Confidential.
Understand Africa's tomorrow... today
We believe that Africa is poorly represented, and badly under-estimated. Beyond the vast opportunity manifest in African markets, we highlight people who make a difference; leaders turning the tide, youth driving change, and an indefatigable business community. That is what we believe will change the continent, and that is what we report on. With hard-hitting investigations, innovative analysis and deep dives into countries and sectors, The Africa Report delivers the insight you need.View subscription options