Uganda and Rwanda historically have been closely linked, with each playing a key role in the other’s political development, but all that could now be in peril.
An Afreximbank study said the volume of intra-Africa trade could amount to $400bn if AfCFTA led to market information being shared and widely available among African countries.
There have been some bright spots, like the rise of more resilient opposition movements in the DRC and Uganda. But elsewhere on the continent, as in Tanzania and Zambia, repression is on the rise.
A well-loved Congolese dance of 2005, Kisanola, (meaning a comb) also involves a movement representing the shaving of one’s hair to the bone – a metaphor for how the DRC people have had everything taken from them.
The US has detained suspects without trial for nearly two decades at Guantanamo Bay, far longer than South Africa’s apartheid state ever detained anyone without trial.