Fears Tanzania Is Head For One Party State

For generations, Tanzania has been a beacon of peace and stability in a region characterised by civil unrest. It has stood out as a wise kid among more restless neighbours. In 1979, for instance, the town of Moshi hosted critical Ugandan talks that led to elections in 1980. In 1993 and then...

Here’s the Secret to Opposition Success in African Elections

Opposition parties around the world have had enough of taking defeat in dubious elections lying down. Instead, opposition leaders in low-quality democracies are using a new playbook — launching campaigns to discredit elections. In a previous article (“Discrediting elections: Why the opposition playbook carries risks”, M&G Online February 27), I...

Magufuli: Is He An Enemy Of Journalists?

President Magufuli Many outside of Tanzanian borders have heralded President John Pombe Magufuli as a model African leader. His initiatives immediately after assuming power were admired as a new prudent management style. Inside Tanzania, the case appears different. Magufuli is harrassing journalists and muzzling the press, a clear case of...

FW De Klerk denies apartheid was a crime against humanity

FW De Klerk, South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, has learned the hard way that 'whatabout-ism' is no longer acceptable in modern politics. He recently gave an interview to mark his historic 1990 speech when he publicly freed Nelson Mandela and unbanned political organisations. During the interview on the national TV broadcaster he was...

ANC leaders echo shameful past on corruption

The African National Congress (ANC) is living up to the shameful stereotype of what is wrong with post-colonial Africa – unethical and corrupt African leaders who exercise power through patronage. The widespread corruption in post-apartheid South Africa is epitomised by what is now referred to as “state capture”. The effects of the entrenched...