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…

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…

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,…

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…