We start in South Africa as the country comes to terms with last week's upheavals and looks forward to a new cabinet and a budget on Wednesday (21 February). Its northern neighbour, Zimbabwe, has been in mourning after the death of opposition leader Morga...
This week we start, inevitably, in South Africa with
the latest scenes from the seemingly unending drama of President Jacob
Zuma's departure. Then to Nigeria where the
government is belatedly acknowledging calls for sweeping constitutional
changes. In Tan...
It took Chief Justice David Maraga to give a constitutional perspective to the political ructions in Kenya over the last week. The government has ignored court orders to lift its closure of four television stations that broadcast Raila Odinga's theatrical...
We start this week in Addis Ababa where the African Union is faced with a slew of tough decisions on security and restructuring its management. And then to Nigeria where former President Olusegun Obasanjo's open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari has sh...
For the past four decades there has been a recurring motif in Nigerian politics. A new government
takes power on the crest of popular approval
but soon falls short of expectations.
The sequence started with Shehu
Shagari's National Party of Nigeria gover...
We start in Addis Ababa this week with the opening of a
critical summit of the African Union. Then to Monrovia for the
carnival-like inauguration of President George Weah. After that we go to the
European courtrooms for the latest episode in Nigeria's
In politics as in economics, 2018 will be the year of the
variable-speed Africa, as our special survey of the year ahead makes
clear. Sometimes, the sharp differences are between regions:
high-growth economies in Ethiopia,
Tanzania and Kenya in the east
The New Year begins with a wave of change in Southern Africa. The new leaders in South Africa and Zimbabwe are under pressure to turn around their countries' weakening economies, but they have also inherited a morass of political and legal problems. At le...
This week we concentrate on two important changes of leadership in South Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as their implications for the region. We would also like to take this opportunity to send you our best wishes for 2018 and to let you know that our corre...
After this year’s cliff-hangers in Kenya,
South Africa and Zimbabwe, some may have expected a
brief respite from political drama in 2018. No chance. At least eight
countries are due to hold national elections next year.
The most strongly contested electi...