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Belief in democracy is on the decline in Africa. Traditional institutions can help restore its importance

      By Vladimir Chlouba, University of Richmond   Democracy in Africa has not had a good year. Military juntas from Mali to Niger appear to have cemented their grip on power. Sudan’s democratic dreams were dashed when the country’s two most powerful strongmen opted for war. And there’s now evidence that ordinary Africans may be losing faith in democracy as the best form of government. Afrobarometer, an organisation […]

todayMay 17, 2024 5

South Africa

South Africa’s election management body has done a good job for 30 years: here’s why

    By Dirk Kotze, University of South Africa   More than in previous elections, South Africa’s Electoral Commission (IEC) will be tested to the hilt in this year’s national and provincial elections on 29 May. For the first time in 30 years, the electoral majority of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is in jeopardy. This makes the upcoming poll the most consequential one since 1994, when the country […]

todayMarch 20, 2024 16


Swapo party begins leadership race after Geingob’s death

The death of President Hage Geingob has started a new leadership contest in the Swapo party. This has led to changes in important party positions, like vice president and president. The vice president's choice might show who could be the next leader after Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah. Swapo Secretary for Information and Mobilisation, Hilma Nicanor explains what’s next.   Local Political Scientist Rui Tyitende weighs in on the matter.

todayFebruary 6, 2024 23 2

Maji-Maji uprising

Opinion Pieces

300,000 Tanzanians were killed by Germany during the Maji-Maji uprising – it was genocide and should be called that

Klaus Bachmann, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and Gerhard Kemp, University of the West of England Political actors in Tanzania have in recent years demanded compensation from Germany for colonial atrocities committed in the early 20th century. In early 2017, the National Assembly of Tanzania stopped short of putting the label of genocide on the atrocities committed by German troops during the Maji-Maji uprising (1905–1907). During a visit […]

todayNovember 20, 2023 2