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.
An eyewitness says this time he believes “the government is in trouble”.
Following widespread media reports that Hailemariam had announced that “all” political prisoners would be released, an aide quickly clarified that he had been mistranslated and that only “some” people would be pardoned.
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.
Human rights violations are “being committed in a more clandestine, but equally brutal, manner” than in the past. The UN predicts Burundian refugees will top 500,000 by the end of the year.