By now almost anyone with an interest in African politics is aware of the “coup that is not a coup” that occurred in Zimbabwe nearly two weeks ago. On November 14th, 2017 members of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF) detained President Mugabe and his family and some other Mugabe loyalists and commandeered the national broadcasting system in an action the ZDF dubbed “Operation … [Read more...] about What’s next for Zimbabwe after the “coup”
In 2016 after attending my first Re:publica, a techie conference in Berlin, I wrote of a need for Africa to have what I called a “collective thinking space” where like-minded actors on the African continent would converge to share ideas and inspire each other. The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 2017 (FIFAfrica17) which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa which I … [Read more...] about “Fake News” and Internet Shutdowns in Africa – What is to be Done?
The economic divide between the rich and the poor in Africa is enormous. There can never be a similarity of the kind of lives people lead on either side. This article is not a discussion about the rich or the poor. I am simply addressing the African political leader. These are all the elected leaders of Africa from representatives of the smallest units to the Heads of State … [Read more...] about Dear Mr. African Politician
At a political rally of November 2015, the then Presidential Yoweri Museveni of Uganda promised to provide free sanitary pads to schoolgirls if elected. He argued that girls should not have to miss school because they cannot access sanitary pads. Naturally there was a lot of excitement amongst those of us with an interest in menstrual hygiene when Museveni won the … [Read more...] about Uganda: There is no money for sanitary pads
Following #ThisFlag leader, Pastor Evan Mawarire’s decision to quit Harare for the United States, a lot of political discussion in Zimbabwe has ranged from whether he is a “sell out” or if he was justified to leave the country, as his life was under threat. The sell-out group claim Pastor Evan should have finished what he started – that is leading demonstrations against … [Read more...] about Pastor Evan, hero or villain: The cult of personality in Zimbabwe