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,…

Israel Threatens African Migrants With Deportation or Imprisonment

The Israeli government has given thousands of African migrants a decision: to leave the country or face imprisonment. If the migrants willingly leave the country within 90 days of the notice they will be given $3,500. Migrants were given the option of going to their home country or third countries. The two African countries commonly…

What will the Middle East look like in ten years?

The year is 2028. Much of the Gaza has become unlivable. Daesh (ISIS) has been destroyed, but another terrorist group looms close on the horizon. The Kurds have their own state, meaning Iraqi unity has been destroyed. The Assad regime is still in power, having vanquished the rebel forces thanks to Iranian and Russian military…

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…

A Power Struggle in the Rainbow Nation: Political Turmoil in South Africa

South Africa was thrown into political turmoil after the ruling ANC (African National Congress) party admitted that President Jacob Zuma had defied orders to resign. Moreover, the party had little idea of when the president would respond to the demand. The highest decision making body of the ANC decided to dismiss Zuma in an emergency…

Why is the World Silent on the Political Arrest of Diane Rwigara?

On 3rd May 2017, Diane Shima Rwigara announced her intention to vie for presidency in the 2017 general elections of the Republic of Rwanda which would pit her against popular but highly controversial incumbent President Paul Kagame among other candidates. Three days later, nude photos of her were posted on social media in an attempt…

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…

The Situation in Burundi: Is ICC’s Case Dead on Arrival?

On 25th October 2017, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor was authorized by the court to open proprio motu investigations into the Situation in the Republic of Burundi. Burundi becomes the latest of the sizable number of African states with situations before the ICC. With the inclusion of Burundi, the ICC has investigated 11 Situations,…

(Opinion) Rick Perry: A Reminder That Trump Never Drained The Swamp

November 9, 2017: On Thursday, November 2nd, Rick Perry — the Energy Secretary of the United States — controversially claimed that somehow, electricity created by fossil fuels is needed to prevent sexual assaults in Africa. The full quote, as published by the Hill, can be found below: “But also from the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are…

Will the East African Community Achieve a Political Federation?

Articles 123-125 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (EAC) provides for cooperation in political affairs as a pre-requisite to the formation of a political federation, which is the fourth and final step to achieving complete regional integration amongst the EAC member states– namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and…

When International Election Observer Missions Fail

On 1st September 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya set precedent by becoming the first African Court to nullify a Presidential Election on the grounds of illegality of the process, which was found to be marred by massive irregularities. The judgment contradicted the reports by several election observer missions, including the European Union (EU) Observer…

Africa’s Billionaire Club.

As a child, I always associated riches as a close relative to power. The kind of power that brings about respect through fear– you know, like most of the African leaders in this century. I would be lying if I said a part of me felt that those who gained wealth and were not directly…

Kenya’s Jurisprudence.

Jurisprudence; the study and theory of Law. The principles behind the law that make it so. Scholars and other legal theorists are among the lot that work and hope to obtain a deeper understanding and nature of the law, legal reasoning, legal systems and legal institutions as they are well enshrined in the constitution of…

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,…

Is The ICC Selectively Targeting African Leaders?

Presently, a total of 124 countries are State Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) comprising 34 African states, 28 Latin American and Caribbean States 25 Western European and other states, 19 Asia-Pacific States and 18 Eastern Europe countries. Accordingly, the African continent has the highest number of state parties to…

South Sudan: A Dilapidated Nation

South Sudan became a free nation on July 9, 2011. This independence was a result of the 2005 civil war. The hideous statistical outcomes of the country shocked the world across. The Sudanese population lives under helpless circumstances with no proper governance. Civilians die in misery and despair. Certainly, it is the current situation in…

African Elections Season

“This is probably going to be considered as the tightest race in the Kenyan political history as the polls are unable to indicate who exactly will emerge as the winner.”

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…

Violent Ethnic Politics: The 2017 Kenyan Elections

Should it not be a universally accepted rule of any democracy, that losing parties will accept the electoral result peacefully? It unfortunately seems as though power-hungry politicians worldwide are neglecting their commitments towards upholding national solidarity in their own, selfish personal interests. Donald Trump is and will not be the only fanatical crybaby who induced…

Saudi’s Split Personality Disorder: The Cholera Resurgence

The widespread devastation left by AIDS in the last 20 years has been horrifying, with the syndrome having swept mercilessly across Africa and claiming no less than 35 million lives to date. But the world has been forced to turn its attention to an equally contagious infection that was something of a dark horse, creeping…

What Happened to “Never Again”? The Withdrawal of Peacekeepers in Darfur

             Amidst the war-torn and ravaged Darfur, a region that has not seen peace or stability in over a decade, United Nations peacekeepers protect civilians from the violence that surrounds them.  Members of UNAMID, or the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, symbolize security and humanitarian aid, while also facilitating discussion regarding new agreements and…

The Failed State of the Central African Republic

Many wonder why most of the times very rich African and some South American countries are usually the dens of the most terrifying wars and coups. The Central African Republic was supposed to be the ‘El Dorado’ of Africa due to its rich mineral deposits which comprises of diamonds, gold, uranium, oil, and such other…

Macron on Africa: Imperialist Racism

The issues facing Africa are a direct outcome of economic, political, cultural and social exploitation of Africa, its natural resources and its manpower during the colonial era. France had a very extensive colonial empire throughout Africa especially in the larger parts of North and West Africa. The atrocities including wanton economic exploitation perpetrated by France are well documented.

If We Don’t Take Heed, Lamu Might Soon Become a Legendary Fairy Tale

It has been hailed as one of the oldest and best preserved ‘Swahili settlements in the world, a site of cultural exchange with European, Persian and Indian Cultures for over 700 years’ through Indian Ocean trade exchanges. It is Lamu, one of East Africa’s UNESCO heritage sites, an island that might soon take to the books…

South Africa: Second recession in less than a decade

What do you call a country who has experienced a second recession in less than ten years? Disaster? I call it South Africa. Yes, you read it right. South Africa is now officially in its first recession since 2009 after gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.7% in the first quarter of the year, following…