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Unpacking Raila's resistance

As the country simmers after its election re-run, churchmen take to diplomacy – and politicians to the street and social media

In an eloquent address to a full auditorium at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on the morning of 9 November, Raila Odinga, leader of Ken...


Counting on the counties

Hopes are high that however dangerous national politics may be, regional government will reduce ethnic and economic tension

Devolving power to Kenya's 47 counties was one of the main provisions of the 2010 constitution drafted in response to the post-election violence in 2007-08. Moderate government and...


Buried in the wreckage

The 14 October bomb is still causing aftershocks, exposing fault lines in the government's approach and a lack of political purpose 

Al Shabaab's atrocity in Mogadishu on 14 October – the number of dead was recently updated to over 450 – is shedding light on some of Somalia's many contradictions. One...


Making policy on the hoof

President John Magufuli has picked an unexpected new fight on the Kenyan border. Over 1,100 cattle seized from Maasai herders in Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and Mara regions in late Oct...


Laying down the law

Arrests of dissidents and plans to restrict political freedom show Magufuli's authoritarian intent

Tanzania's experiment with multi-party democracy may be drawing to a close after 25 years and five general elections. A draft Political Parties Act proposing significant new restri...


No let-up in southern fighting

Battles rage in the southern province of Equatoria, where a rival rebel group threatens to split the opposition

Since the collapse of South Sudan's Western-backed peace deal in July 2016, civil war has engulfed much of the three Equatorian provinces which comprise the southern third of the c...


What the landslide buried

Nobody got what they wanted from the election re-run. Kenyatta got a weaker mandate and the opposition's tactics misfired

Surely no president can look on a 98% majority with as much dismay as President Uhuru Kenyatta. The boycott of the 26 October poll by his main rival, Raila Odinga, gave him a massi...


Oromia on the edge

The unrest is threatening to get out of control and the State of Emergency only put problems on pause

The latest round of violence in Oromia demonstrates the increasingly complex, and dangerous, nature of Ethiopia's protracted political crisis. It also reinforces the impression tha...


A question of legitimacy

President Uhuru Kenyatta starts his second term facing street protests, legal challenges to his election, and deep divisions in the electoral commission

Neither side in the over-heated election row looks ready to talk, let alone negotiate. Taking a shot at his opponents for representing the 'politics of darkness' and accusing them ...

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Both sides double down

The government is launching a new offensive, with US military backing, against Al Shabaab's strongholds in the wake of last weekend's truck bomb in the capital

The first response to the government's declaration of a 'state of war' against Al Shabaab on 21 October was a roadside bomb killing seven people, mostly women, in a minibus at Dani...


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