In Case You Missed It: 5/1/17 – 5/31/17

By Raevyn Goates on June 4, 2017

BBC News

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.
In this week’s news, an Ethiopian is elected the new WHO Managing Director, South Africa’s President faces more investigations for alleged corruption, and longtime Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe goes on a speaking tour.
Ethiopian Politician Named Head of the WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as its new Director General. Ghebreyesus was formerly Ethiopia’s health minister, and is the first African to ever be elected to lead the WHO. He won the election by 66%, beating out the UK’s David Nabarro for the job.

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In Case You Missed It: 12/26/16 – 1/2/17

By Africa Agenda on January 4, 2017


Gambia Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news, politics take center stage in the African continent. Elections in The Gambia and Ghana are being finalized and a look ahead to Zimbabwe in 2018.

Election Results in The Gambia

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh surprised nearly the entire world when he acknowledged defeat in this year’s presidential election. However, it did not take him long to return back to form after he then came out and said that he will reject all results of the election.  

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After Birthday Saga, Mugabe Critics Offer No Solutions to Zimbabwe’s Woes

By Maite Wantwadi on March 10, 2016


Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe with his wife Grace cut a piece of cake during his birthday event at state house in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Feb. 22, 2016. Mugabe, who has been ruling the country since 1987, turned 92 on Feb. 21

This past week Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe celebrated his 92nd birthday.

In the midst of a severe drought and mass starvation, Mugabe spent a little over $800,000 with students singing, and with multiple politicians attending the event.

Writing for Quartz Africa, Tanashe Mushakavanhu states that “To outside observers, it can be hard to reconcile how Mugabe still manages to occupy such a beloved position in the Zimbabwean national psyche.”

“To critics and opposition politicians, Mugabe and his party are out of touch with the daily struggles of the country’s 14 million people.…

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Zimbabwe Tries Again

By A. Scott DuPree on August 1, 2013

Photo: All

A good friend of mine in Harare said to me three years ago, “please let there be no elections. The people here fear nothing more. We just want to be left alone for long enough to rebuild.”

Most people agree that elections are quintessential democratic rituals. But faux elections may only make things worse for democracy. Zimbabweans are right to fear them. The legacy of manipulated and violent elections has been collective torture.

Is this election exercise any different? Perhaps. Olesegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian president and head of the African Union monitors, has already called the elections credible.…

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Zimbabwe Elections: What are Africans hoping for?

By George Bamu on July 30, 2013

International Crisis Group


Many things have been written and said about the nation of Zimbabwe. Many of them are depressing, to say the least. But the country could be on the verge of change, if a new president is elected on July 31. The elections may pave the way for a new narrative, something entirely new, for the country.

That would be good news for the Southern African region, where lots of Zimbabweans have taken refuge while their country struggles to reform and to feed its people.

If change happens in Zimbabwe as some have predicted, the world would see someone other than long time President Robert Mugabe take control of the country’s destiny.…

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Changing Zimbabwe from Inside

By George Bamu on June 14, 2009

Tsvangirai at the White House

Photo: AP

Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was at the White House, June 12.

Tsvangirai met with U.S President Barack Obama and the two discussed about the future of Zimbabwe. At a news conference following their discussion, president Obama said the U.S. government was committing $73 million to assist Zimbabwe with some if its problems. However, this money was going directly to the people of Zimbabwe, according to the White House, and not to the Zimbabwe government.

The visit was part of a three-week tour of Western countries aimed at persuading foreign governments to offer aid to Zimbabwe in spite of the role of Robert Mugabe in managing the country.…

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No rest for the weary in Zimbabwe

By George Bamu on January 26, 2009

In yet another setback to bring lasting peace to Zimbabwe, Reuters News service reported Monday that there is deadlock in negotiations between the ruling ZANU PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) on the terms of implementation of the September 2008 power sharing agreement.

Both sides are currently at a regional summit to help broker a deal. This will be the last chance, the Reuters report says, for any constructive agreement to be reached. Afterwards, no one knows what would happen in Zimbabwe.


Why cry over spilled milk in Zimbabwe?

By George Bamu on December 16, 2008

It appears all hands are now on deck to push towards a peace deal in Zimbabwe. As I said the other day, no amount of pressure seems to be helping with calls for president Robert Mugabe to resign. I hear that U.S. Secretary of State Condi Rice might get involved with the negotiations between the ruling ZANU PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC).  Good news indeed!

So, I repeat, it does not help to continue to ask for Mugabe to step down. My preference would be for him to stay and assist with any transition that might occur to usher in reconciliation and stability in the country.…

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Opinion: The calm after the storm in Zimbabwe

By George Bamu on December 13, 2008

The worst has already happened in Zimbabwe.

When there is a cholera outbreak in which at least 500 people have already died, coupled with a political crisis that bears implications for all of Africa, we hear new a screaming that it is time for President Robert Mugabe to go.

I think a little differently about what is now taking place in Zimbabwe.

I don’t think it is time for Mugabe to leave when there are signs that a peace deal might be signed with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC).  I don’t think it is time for him to leave when he is beginning to loosen-up a little bit.…

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