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Bumpy road ahead of Lesotho poll
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Bumpy road ahead of Lesotho poll

Staff Reporter - May 22, 2017

By  Sechaba Mokhethi Maseru – While the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced determination to deliver a credible election and that they remain on course and faithful to…

Stability in the DRC:  a look beyond political agreements
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Stability in the DRC: a look beyond political agreements

Staff Reporter - May 08, 2017

By Yvan Yenda Ilunga Once again, the cycle of instability and political uncertainty has the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on high alert and agreements between prominent political…

A bird’s eye view of Lesotho polls, as race hots up
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A bird’s eye view of Lesotho polls, as race hots up

Staff Reporter - May 02, 2017

By Sechaba Mokhethi Maseru - With political parties hitting the campaign trail ahead of the June 3 elections, Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili is accusing civil society movements…

Checkmate: Biometric registration . . . Zimbabwe govt raises red flag
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Checkmate: Biometric registration . . . Zimbabwe govt raises red flag

Staff Reporter - Apr 03, 2017

By Lovemore Ranga Mataire HARARE - International relations experts have warned African governments to be wary of Western foisted biometric voter registration (BVR) and voting, which in…

Could Lesotho be lurching towards a shutdown?
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Could Lesotho be lurching towards a shutdown?

Staff Reporter - Mar 20, 2017

By Sechaba Mokhethi MASERU -Lesotho could face a governmental shutdown that might bring all state operations to a standstill because its 2017-18 budget was blocked by opposition before…

Lesotho goes to the polls, again …as PM Mosilili loses confidence motion
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Lesotho goes to the polls, again …as PM Mosilili loses confidence motion

Staff Reporter - Mar 13, 2017

> Sechaba Mokhethi MASERU - Political strife has thrown the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho back to the polls hardly a year after the country was ordered to…

African governments versus social media: Why the uneasy relationship?
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African governments versus social media: Why the uneasy relationship?

Staff Reporter - Mar 13, 2017

By Charlotte Cross MANY Kenyan social media users are worried that the government will shut down the internet during August’s general election. Kenya’s Communications Authority has attempted…

Zim opposition weakens ahead of next year’s elections
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Zim opposition weakens ahead of next year’s elections

Staff Reporter - Feb 03, 2017

Zimbabwe’s opposition political parties this week got an assessment they would rather it were quickly forgotten. The same evaluation gave the governing Zanu PF party an unexpectedly…

Elections: dominant story of Africa in 2017
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Elections: dominant story of Africa in 2017

Staff Reporter - Jan 23, 2017

Nic Cheeseman WHAT DOES 2017 have in store for African politics? This is not an easy question to answer. For one thing, Africa has a habit of…

‘Coalition deal only roadmap to elections’
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‘Coalition deal only roadmap to elections’

Staff Reporter - Nov 21, 2016

By Staff Reporter LUSAKA- A DEFIANT Joseph Kabila has told the Democratic Republic of Congo’s main opposition to “come and sign the deal” that could see him…

More contestation and uncertainty in DRC
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More contestation and uncertainty in DRC

Staff Reporter - Nov 07, 2016

By Stephanie Wolters THE joint summit between the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Luanda last week…

Quiet unease as DRC shuts down
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Quiet unease as DRC shuts down

Staff Reporter - Oct 24, 2016

By Aaron Ross KINSHASA-THE usually bustling streets of Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa were nearly empty on Wednesday amid a general strike called by the opposition…

Fears DRC sliding into civil strife
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Fears DRC sliding into civil strife

Staff Reporter - Sep 26, 2016

By Lenin Ndebele THE Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in the cusp of civil strife amid spreading riots and a heavy-handed police response to plans by President…

More African countries are blocking internet access during elections
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More African countries are blocking internet access during elections

Staff Reporter - Jun 10, 2016

By Hilary Matfess Last week, Ghana, widely acknowledged as one of Africa’s role models for best democratic practice, caught democracy watchdogs off guard when the country’s police chief…

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Clinton and Trump – their strengths and weaknesses

Staff Reporter - Jun 10, 2016

By Ivan Couronne Washington -Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are part of the same generation, but that is about the only thing they have in common: their careers,…

South Africa: There must be 50 ways to lose your President
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South Africa: There must be 50 ways to lose your President

Staff Reporter - Apr 25, 2016

Since the start of the year, the big political question has not been the local government elections, or what really happened at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.…

6 African elections to watch closely in 2016
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6 African elections to watch closely in 2016

Staff Reporter - Jan 20, 2016

> Omar Mohammed Some important elections took place in Africa in 2015. Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and Burkina Faso (despite some stops and starts) all saw democratic transitions…