A political crisis on Zanzibar – where a “rogue” election commissioner is preparing to waste time, money and goodwill on a vote with a predetermined outcome – is being overlooked by President Magufuli, argues Nick Branson.
Rising debt, the ever-growing prominence of social media and a battle for the soul of the ANC are just some of the things Jamie Hitchen and Nick Branson are expecting to see in Africa in the year ahead.
In November, Burkina Faso will elect a new president and parliament. Despite a period of political turmoil, Eloïse Bertrand says that the country is on the verge of completing a successful return to constitutional order.
The opening of the National Assembly on 17 November follows the inauguration of a new president, John Magufuli. Yet three weeks after Tanzanians went to the polls, Zanzibar is still mired in a political crisis, says Nick Branson.
In September 2015 floods in Freetown killed seven people and rendered several thousand homeless. Jamie Hitchen explores the systematic failings of city management that exacerbate the problems caused by heavy rainfall.
Individual politicians have received much greater attention than the manifestos they are supposed to promoting to Tanzanians. So what do the manifestos of ruling and opposition parties promise? Nick Branson investigates.
Maïlys Chauvin’s account of election preparations in Zanzibar highlights a number of worrying developments that challenges “received wisdom” about good governance in Tanzania and electoral credibility.