Progressive gains made under the government of President Mwai Kibaki, such as the freedom of press and speech, have disintegrated. The men overseeing Kenya’s cultural landscape have rolled back artistic freedom.
Ethiopia’s rate of 2.4 million new internally displaced people in 2018 far exceeded Syria’s. Reformist Abiy’s aggressive reform agenda has won praise, but shaking up Ethiopia’s government risks exacerbating several long-simmering ethnic rivalries.
Whether it is translators being leaned on for “simplified” accounts or bad-faith corporate social responsibility purporting to involve a marathon trip from Kenya to South Africa in a wheelchair, cautionary lessons abound.
Mnangagwa is no born-again democrat. He was Mugabe’s hatchet man for 37 years, and now half of the country’s US$10 billion domestic debt has been run up under his administration.
In a continent where only 6% of arable land is currently irrigated, Ethiopia aims to allocate US$15 billion to irrigation development by 2020.