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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.
A group of men protest while pulling a cart carrying the body of Vitallis Ochilo Owino in the Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenya, on May 4, 2020. Vitallis Ochilo Owino was allegedly beaten to death by police officers while walking in the streets after curfew hours. LUIS TATO/AFP via Getty Images

Why violence is a hallmark of Kenyan policing. And what needs to change

The level of accountability within police agencies in Kenya is very low. They operate with impunity, because they know they will get away with it.
The date of arrest and a red cross marked on the face of Felicien Kabuga on a wanted poster at the Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit office in Kigali, Rwanda, on May 19, 2020. (Photo by Simon Wohlfahrt/ AFP via Getty Images)

What Kabuga’s arrest means for international criminal justice – and Rwanda

Given the contested success of transitional justice in Rwanda, the arrest showcases the mixed record of international justice.
A red marks the face of Felicien Kabuga, one of the last key suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, on a wanted poster at the Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit office in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by SIMON WOHLFAHRT/AFP via Getty Images

Rwandans will want Félicien Kabuga tried at home. Why this won’t happen

Though genocide survivors would ideally want Kabuga to be prosecuted in Rwanda, it won't be possible, for legal or political reasons.
Tom Thabane, prime minister of Lesotho, during a recent visit to Ethiopia. Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Lesotho’s prime minister plays for time. But the end beckons

Power is visibly draining away from Tom Thabane. But, even at 80 years old, he remains a wily operator, and seems determined to cause maximum trouble to secure his immunity from prosecution.

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