June 28

Heresy about DR Congo’s Mobutu

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Why there was never a South Korean but a Congolese miracle Let us present an alternative history of the world. The year is 1960 and we have two countries – Mexico and France – each with a per capita income of $100. Both countries have emerged from colonial rule, Mexico by neighboring Brazil, and France [...]

June 21

The trouble with Mbabazi’s candidacy

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In challenging Museveni, Mbabazi may have made his boldest political move ever but equally the most fatal one On Monday Amama Mbabazi declared his intentions to challenge President Yoweri Museveni for the leadership of the NRM and the country. The message launching his campaign was the most mature. He did not make scathing personal attacks [...]

June 14

Why Africa should leverage her strength

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Our continent needs to focus on its positive attributes and use those to inspire future generations The definitive clash of wills during the Second World War that paved the way for the defeat of Nazi Germany was the battle of Stalingrad. Soviet leader Josef Stalin had ordered the Red Army to fight to the last [...]

June 7

African elites and Mzungu worship

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Exposing the hidden bias behind our obsession with Western goodness and Africa’s dysfunctions The greatest triumph of the colonial state was not the integration of our economies and social/political systems into the international capitalism system. That could have been achieved without colonialism and via free trade. Colonialism’s greatest triumph was the colonisation of our minds. [...]

May 31

Rebuilding the FDC brand

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What FDC needs to do to reinvent itself and generate morale among its supporters After his defeat in this month’s elections, Ed Miliband did the honourable thing and resigned the leadership of the British Labor Party. Miliband followed an evolving tradition of unsuccessful political party leaders in the United Kingdom – Neal Kinnock, John Major, [...]

May 25

Nkurunziza’s slippery slope

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How the current crisis in Burundi is likely to ignite a regional conflagration Pierre Nkurunziza wants to remain president of Burundi. His opponents don’t want him to. Nkurinziza says the constitution allows him another term in office. His opponents say the Arusha Accords, which formed the basis of the constitution, do not. The Constitutional Court [...]

May 18

Re-examining the impact of elections

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Why elections in India select criminals for politicians but produce dedicated public servants in Norway and Sweden I have argued before that the very specific way democracy has evolved in Uganda is injurious to the common good. I use the word “very specific” because I am aware that other countries have had a different experience. [...]

May 12

The dynamics of Uganda’s elections

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How electoral competition eliminates public spirited candidates and increases the numbers of self-interested ones Around election-time,many candidates for office from across the political divide come to me for advice or assistance. We discuss practical political issues: How do I raise money for my campaign? Who are the individuals (there are hardly any organisations) I can [...]

May 4

When should Kagame retire?

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The benchmarks that Rwandans should discuss as forming the basis for sustainable peaceful transfer of power President Paul Kagame believes in presidential term limits and desires to retire in 2017. I say this with a lot of confidence because I have had many discussions with him on this matter and his views have been consistent. [...]

April 26

Xenophobia in South Africa

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How the flaws in the post-apartheid political settlement have shaped the current anti-immigrant sentiments Last week, “popular” anger in South Africa exploded into a new wave of violence. Youths wielding machetes and looking like Rwanda’s interahamwe in 1994 roamed the streets burning and/or slashing their victims without pity. The violence was both saddening and illuminating. [...]