In Other Places, Proceeds Of Corruption Are Ploughed Back Into The Economy – Not So In Africa

In the cases of Malawi and Nigeria, the fight against corruption has clearly been favoured by changes in government.

Why Africa’s Dictators Live Long While Its Democrats Die Off Quickly: The Political Gods Have A Naughty Sense Of Humour

Ghana’s President John Atta Mills, died on Tuesday aged 68. If the gods of democracy exist somewhere out there, then they are sending very mixed signals to African democrats. There is now a nearly-established fact of African politics. The strongmen and dictators not only rule longer (naturally), they also seem to live longer than the democratic ones. In 2007 Nigerians …

Malawi’s President Mutharika Dead; Was He Hero Or Villain, And What Did His Re-Election In 2009 Tell Us About Democracy In Africa?

Vote rigging, buying, and selling are the price we pay for democracy in Africa. Like all investments, if you put in money long enough and are able to withstand the ill winds, it pays off. Right now, if an African election is fair, it is a bonus we must take and quickly bank. Otherwise, the more important thing is to vote …