South Sudan’s Seemingly Unending War

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011 to become an independent, sovereign nation. However two years later, in December 2013, disagreements between two former rebel leaders Riek Machar and President Salvar Kirr plunged the nation into what would become a seemingly unending civil war. South Sudan has two main sides of political divide: SPLM,…

What is this so-called Wind of Change in South Africa?

The power of incumbency is such a hot topic for political debate in Africa. A sitting African president appearing on national TV, not for any other purpose, but to read out a resignation speech, is typically not an African thing. But when this happens, like we recently witnessed in South Africa, how should we tell…

Reflecting on Zimbabwe after the Coup

When President Mugabe’s resignation letter was read by the speaker of Zimbabwe’s parliament, the news ignited mixed reactions. Whereas a section of Zimbabweans hoped this would be an end to an era of massive corruption, poverty, economic instability and dictatorship, others saw this as a mere change of guard. Few weeks after being sworn in…

Kenya Election Rerun: What Is Next?

On September 1st, the Supreme Court in Kenya annulled the August 8th presidential election, on grounds of substantial illegalities and irregularities. Court ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Kenya’s elections body, to organize a fresh election within 60 days. On October 10th, opposition candidate Raila Odinga, backed by his fellow National Super Alliance…

Unseating Africa’s Incumbents: Myth or Possibility?

Becoming president is, without a doubt, the dream of many African youths. But how realistic is this dream? How achievable? Leaders who overstay in power have made the idea of political succession in Africa seem like a fallacy. In a continent with most of the longest serving, and certainly the oldest leaders in the world,…

ICC: Is Africa ready for Exit?

In recent years, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has received a lot of criticism from African governments. Some have accused it of selectively harassing African leaders, while others are proposing the amendment of the Rome Statute, the principal instrument that constitutes the court. The tension between Africa and ICC intensified in 2015, when South Africa…