Mnangagwa was thought to simply too powerful to be fired – until he was. Once again Mugabe proved himself immune to conventional wisdom.
Barely two years ago Magufuli was hot stuff in Tanzanian and all over Africa. Long-suffering citizens looked at their own moribund governments and wondered what would happen if the man they called “Bulldozer” was in charge.
Lungu took advantage of a fire at a popular Lusaka market to declare a state of emergency, that gives him power to suspend Parliament, restrict freedom of movement, and impose a curfew.
By keeping quiet in the face of Lungu’s increasingly authoritarian bent, South Africa, SADC and the AU risk becoming just as complicit in undermining Zambia’s future.
Today, some 45 years later, the problems that precipitated the 1972 slaughter – ethnic tensions, populist politics and social inequalities – haven’t disappeared
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