Secession – Will Somaliland Be Africa’s 55th Country?


  Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo recently claimed that more than one million citizens, out of the country’s population of 3.4 million, had signed a petition calling for the international community to recognise Somaliland. Since 1991, and the collapse of the Siad Barre regime in Somalia, the region has declared itself independent. But should it? […]

I Didn’t Know There Was Much Corruption During My Regime – Goodluck Jonathan


 As anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria intensify efforts to recover stolen funds from political office holders who served in the last dispensation, former president Goodluck Jonathan has admitted he was unaware that much corruption occurred under his regime. In a meeting with President Buhari recently, it was gathered that the Bayelsa born politician was shocked when […]

Presidential Election In DR Congo Has Been Postponed Due To Lack Of Funds

Joseph Kabila

 The Electoral body in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Saturday disclosed that presidential elections in the country will be delay until at least July 2017. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) cited lack of funding and delays in voter registration as the major factors behind the postponement. This announcement effectively means that incumbent […]

How Economic Liberalization Can Strengthen Africa’s Fragile Democracies

Africa Butterfly

 Some call it Africa’s second liberation. After freedom from European colonisers came freedom from African despots. Since the end of the cold war multi-party democracy has spread far and wide across the continent, often with impressive and moving intensity. Remember 1994, when South Africans queued for hours to bury apartheid and elect Nelson Mandela as […]

Zambia’s Reputation As Stable Haven Tested After Contentious Poll

Zambia Election Result

 These are worrying times in Zambia, a southern African nation that takes pride in its peaceful, democratic history. After the president won re-election by what seems like an impossibly narrow margin, the nation’s opposition alleged last week’s poll was rigged and said it plans to challenge the results in court. On Tuesday, police announced they […]

Zambia’s 2016 Elections: Democracy Hovering On The Precipice


  When Rupiah Banda conceded defeat to Michael Sata in Zambia’s 2011 elections, many commentators hailed the peaceful transfer of power as a sign that the country’s democracy had matured. Twenty years after ousting the United National Independence Party (UNIP) in the historic 1991 multi-party elections, the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) lost to Sata’s […]