Tanzania is not yet out of the woods despite reforms by President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
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Current reforms in Tanzania lack popular participation and legal safeguards.
Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
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The Tanzanian president’s reform drive has endeared her to the populace but will also embolden opposition to her political ambitions.
Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) holds hands with opinion polls’ favourites, Deputy President William Ruto (left) and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
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Kenya’s ethnic-based politics often leads to electoral violence that hurts regional trade.
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan. Photo by Hannah McKay - Pool.
Hassan is winning party loyalists, and has launched a diplomatic charm offensive ahead of 2025 polls.
A new US report claims that China plans to open new military bases across Africa.
Foreign military presence is not very pronounced in Kenya, though British and American personnel either train or assist in security operations.
Tanzania opposition party leader Freeman Mbowe (centre) after being released from prison in Dar es Salaam in 2020.
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Despite the relative political stability over the years, Tanzania needs a new constitution to address contemporary challenges and strengthen institutions.
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan inspects a military parade following her swearing-in as the country’s first female president on March 19, 2021 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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She has been described as compassionate, rational and calm – attributes that are a far departure from her former boss.
Yusuf Haji was soft spoken, straight to the point, and open to ideas.
Haji was an astute leader who rode the wave of leadership over a long and illustrious career in government and politics.
John Magufuli (centre) waves as he arrives to give a speech at a campaign rally in August 2020.
President John Magufuli won a second term by a contested landslide and looks set to take even greater control of Tanzania’s democratic space.
Former President Mwai Kibaki signs the new constitution in Nairobi in 2010 before former Attorney General Amos Wako.
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Kenya’s constitution-making process has exhibited a gyration pattern that often starts with a belief that governance reforms can rectify the country’s problems, but ends up as a power struggle.
Tundu Lissu reacts to supporters as he returns home after three years in exile.
A united opposition could create enough momentum to unseat incumbent John Magufuli from power.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in August 2018.
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Kenya must pay more attention to the role of this agreement as an investment attraction vehicle and not just a simple tariff centred ‘traditional’ pact.
Somalia’s incumbent president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
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As Somalia prepares to choose new leaders in 2021, questions remain around the viability of the country’s clan-based electoral system.
Limited by illiteracy and workloads women are less involved in Turkana.
Turkana women weren’t properly represented in decisions made between the oil company and community.
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo (right) with outgoing President Hassan Sheik Mohamud.
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If Al-Shabaab maintains its hard stance, the possibility for dialogue will continue to be remote and Somalia’s government will be forced to intensify the war on terror through new strategies.
Many pastoralists in central Kenya lost access to their ancestral pasture lands in the early 20th century.
The simplistic assumption that the violence in central Kenya is the result of drought mask the more complex underlying dynamics of politics, access to resources and land.
A campaign poster of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in the streets of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu during the 2012 election period.
Despite complications and challenges, elections in Somalia promise to be a game changer.