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Jul 24th, 2017

  • Claude Kabemba
    A closer look at Africa’s elected governments suggests that they are not different from autocratic regimes. The elected ruling elites rely on an intricate web of personal, family, clientelism and ethnic ties, and on the military and intelligence services to control state resources and oppress society. What is also emerging in Africa’s democracies is the incapacity of citizens to organise and to hold leaders to account, even when they violate the constitution, take actions that undermine stability and human rights, and are involved in corruption. 

Nov 23rd, 2015

Mar 05th, 2015

  • Tendai Biti

    On a chilly Monday morning on February 16th, 2009, I walked into the New Government Complex in Harare’s Central Avenue. As I strode for the very first time down a poorly lit corridor, eyes strained and necks stretched behind wide open doors to catch a glimpse of the newcomer with a reputation for short temper. I was ushered into a comfortable office that was to become my home for the next four and a half years. 

    I had just become Zimbabwe’s eighth Minister of Finance. 

Feb 27th, 2015

Jul 18th, 2014

May 21st, 2014

  • Ozias Tungwarara
    Voting in Malawi got off to a chaotic start this morning due to lack of materials such as the voters’ roll, ballot papers, ink, pens, and ballot boxes.  This resulted in many polling centres opening late.  There have also been reports of rioting, burning of some polling stations and destruction of polling materials by frustrated voters.  Several polling stations had not opened by noon.  The capacity of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to manage the logistics had always been an area of concern.
     
    The MEC was frantically printing the final v
    Malawi, HRDB

May 17th, 2014

  • Ozias Tungwarara

    Malawians will be electing a president, law makers and local government leaders on May 20th.  This is the fifth election since the country returned to plural politics in 1994.  One would wonder why it is important for the Open Society Foundations to be concerned about the integrity of elections in Malawi given its minimal geo-political significance compared to countries such as Nigeria, DRC, South Africa, Egypt, etc.  Yet Malawians deserve no less an opportunity to exert popular control on national decision making by exercising real choice to elect their representatives.

Feb 20th, 2014

Feb 19th, 2014

Feb 06th, 2014

Feb 03rd, 2014

Jan 28th, 2014

Jan 27th, 2014

Jan 22nd, 2014

Jan 15th, 2014

Jan 14th, 2014

  • Richard Lee

    In all the justified furore about the absurd arrest of a Zambian opposition leader for referring to President Sata as a sweet potato (or defaming him if you have (a) lost touch with reality or (b) are in the upper echelons of the police or ruling Patriotic Front), a crucial issue has been largely overlooked.

Dec 03rd, 2013

Nov 20th, 2013

Nov 19th, 2013

Nov 17th, 2013

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