As Kenya Vote Nears, Troubling Signs Mount: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis

Kenya is the transport and commercial hub of East Africa, so a protracted crisis would result in significant disruptions further afield.

Africa In The Next 10 Years: What Happens When Zimbabwe’s Mugabe And Dos Santos In Angola Are Gone? (Part 2)

Strange as it might sound, the prospects for a post-dos Santos Angola seem better than for a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

Kenya’s Governor Mutua And The Power Of Social Media Spin: Old School Editors Meet Their Match

HE might not be universally liked, but there is no doubting that Dr Alfred Mutua is the most happening County Governor in Kenya today. Previously a journalism lecturer, then Government Spokesman in former president Mwai Kibaki’s government, Mutua clearly learnt a thing or two about spin. And his use of social media reveals a lot about how, in the hand …

The Curse Of Sisyphus: Why Democracy Isn’t Necessarily Good For Press Freedom In Africa

THINGS ARE KIND OF LOOKING UP FOR FREEDOM IN AFRICA. More Africans today under elected governments than at any other time in recent history. And at first glance press freedom, where Africa used to score notoriously badly, seems to be in relatively good health. The Arab Spring, which overthrew dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, has unleashed long-pent-up energies among the …