With the demise of Pierre Nkurunziza, all eyes are on Burundi's new president as he inherits a political framework that has repressed press freedom and silenced independent media voices.
The community's response to the pandemic has been fragmented despite gestures of regional solidarity
The former president's complex legacy has often been marred by violence.
The sudden death of Burundi’s former president, Pierre Nkurunziza, marks the end of a long reign, characterised by violent political crises.
History will judge Nkurunziza as a man who brought unnecessary pain to a nation that had long suffered from political misrule.
Will President Pierre Nkurunziza peacefully relinquish office after the May poll?
The African Union's intervention track record in conflict situations is mixed.
Incidents of violence and growing fear and uncertainty have pushed over 400 000 Burundians to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.
CITES' decision seeks to increase levels of monitoring so that we can be more and better informed about the illegal trade of Mukula and over-harvesting.
The presidents' wives hold a lot of sway within the political power structure.
Government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security is increasing.
East African countries use a scorecard to monitor maternal and child health progress in the region.
Research found that only a quarter of anaesthetists working in main referral hospitals in East Africa used the WHO safe surgical checklist.
The UN doesn't have the magic formula to end tensions in Burundi. It's up to the country's leadership.
With proper regulation, Lake Victoria's fisheries could increase production without damaging wild stocks or the environment.
Helping refugees find avenues to generate income and live independently from aid can be positive for donors, agencies, and refugees alike.
Democratic and authoritarian countries are moving further away from each other.
The economy is another concern and could lead to wholesale political collapse as more and more Burundians are left without vital services.
The DRC could be the exception after a year in which opposition parties fared badly across East and Central Africa.
Women identify more with their government representatives based on ethnicity rather than gender.