By emphasising Tanzanian citizenship, Nyerere’s ujamaa policies created a sense of unity and effectively removed the kind of ethnic politics that dominates Kenya, for example.
Following a pattern that is emerging across authoritarian states, the proposed constitutional change in Uganda to lift the age limit and enable Museveni to stay on came via a private member’s bill.
At every stage of wealth creation profits are often redistributed according to private interests. African leaders see themselves as best placed to serve both the national interest and political-ethnic groups they represent.
Kenya is the transport and commercial hub of East Africa, so a protracted crisis would result in significant disruptions further afield.
“Every election in Africa is either stolen, rigged, disputed, or compromised. Does Africa need elections?”
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