ASUU, the Government and Tertiary Education in Nigeria: The Way Forward by Ashton Dagana

 Since 1999, successive governments have at least two things in common; ASUU and strikes. ASUU strikes. The ASUU strikes always follow the same pattern; initial noise about a possible ASUU strike, a warning strike, government ignores ASUU all along, the public isn’t particularly interested, ASUU goes on long strike, everyone gets interested, government and ASUU […]

New South African Airways bailout package shows government is not committed to transformation

 With low economic growth prospects, ever-increasing unemployment and destitution, government appears to be more concerned with the useless prestige and status that comes with our national airline, than the wellbeing of the South African people. In mid-July, EWN reported finance minister Malusi Gigaba saying that “too much money has been invested in cash-strapped South African […]

South African Airways – High cost of flying the flag and keeping a fossil in the skies

 A terrifying flock of pterodactyls — gigantic dinosaur-era flying reptiles long presumed extinct — was spotted in our skies last week. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba reassured us that there was nothing to fear. His incoherent explanation intimated that because junk status places us so near the bottom, we have no downside risk and his bankrupt […]

Why elections matter for democracy in Africa. The cases of Kenya and Rwanda

  Sarah Logan, International Growth Centre Critical elections are being held in Rwanda and Kenya. In Rwanda, the incumbent Paul Kagame will face Frank Habineza, of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and independent candidate Philippe Mpanyimana. In Kenya, Raila Odinga, representing an umbrella opposition party, the National Super Alliance, will challenge incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta […]

Rwanda Elections 2017 – Expert Briefing #RwandaDecides

  Presidential elections will be held on 4 August 2017 After a constitutional amendment in 2015, President Paul Kagame is allowed to stand for a third seven-year term in office In the 2010 election Kagame won 93% of the vote Rwanda’s legislature has two chambers: an 80 member Chamber of Deputies, who are elected by […]

All bets are off as Magufuli’s resource nationalism moves up a gear in Tanzania

  Dan Paget, University of Oxford The Tanzanian government has asked Acacia Mining, a subsidiary of the world’s largest gold mining company Barrick Gold, to pay approximately USD$190 billion in revised taxes, interest and fines. This latest development is a game changer in a dispute that pits mining companies against President John Magufuli’s government. It […]