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Julius Nyerere’s ideas and legacy remain objects of debate in contemporary politics, especially in an election year. Getty Images

A contested legacy: Julius Nyerere and the 2020 Tanzanian election

For all of the shortcomings of Nyerere’s regime, his ideas continue to inspire Tanzanians fighting for a more equal and democratic future, over 20 years after his death.
A campaign poster of John Magufuli of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party who is seeking re-election as president in October. Ericky Boniphace/AFP via Getty Images)

How to hold elections safely and uphold democracy during the COVID-19 pandemic

International observation will not insulate controversial polls – such as Tanzania's in October – from malpractices, but will make them less likely and allow them to be exposed.
President Pierre Nkurunziza arrives to inaugurate Burundi’s Chinese-built state house on September 27, 2019. (Photo by ONESPHORE NibigIra/AFP via Getty Images)

Why history will judge Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza harshly

History will judge Nkurunziza as a man who brought unnecessary pain to a nation that had long suffered from political misrule.
Ugandan activist and writer Stella Nyanzi outside a Kampala court after a ruling in her favour against President Yoweri Museveni Sumy Sadurni/AFP via GettyImages

Naked protest: how ordinary citizens reveal truth to repressive regimes

When protesters strip naked to amplify their political voice, it is often a last resort within very restrictive regimes.

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