Robert Mugabe was a brilliant man and a cunning political operator whose elaborate network of patronage and violent repression made him a cult-like figure who was both respected and feared. And the implications of his gross misrule in Zimbabwe will continue to be felt far and wide.
Constitutionally, state power is derived from the people of Malawi through open and transparent democratic choice. Its use and purpose are solely for the benefit of the people of this country. Credible and fair elections, therefore, form the bedrock of our democracy as a chosen system of government.
Dr. Susan Thomson, an assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Colgate University, has written extensively on Rwanda -- its history, its political elites and current realities -- and this latest contribution is a formidable one. Our director Jeffrey Smith offers a candid assessment of this insightful and altogether daring book, recently published by Yale University Press.
On this day forty-seven years ago, Cameroon ceased to be a federal republic and became instead a unitary state, essentially scrapping our 1961 constitution. May 20 is consequently a time in which Anglophones are reminded of this tragedy – the overall ruse that was employed to institutionalize the marginalization of their people.
I am asking that our international partners, media outlets and journalists, and fellow democrats worldwide to pay close attention to our election. I assure you that something is happening on the ground. Mauritanians are increasingly demanding and agitating for the democratic future that they deserve.
In Togo, the government of Faure Gnassingbe is cleverly managing the expectations of the international community in a highly manipulative way, restricting civil liberties within the country while making surface-level, seemingly positive adjustments to the long-ruling regime. Do not be fooled by the duplicity, writes guest blogger Wolali Ahlijah.
To be sure, reclaiming peace in Cameroon, and in turn, the Central African region, is of paramount importance today and moving forward. It is manifestly evident that the Biya government is both unwilling and incapable of achieving these necessary ends, which are being demanded by the country’s long beleaguered citizens, as well as neighboring countries.