Author Archives: Nic Cheeseman

What is going to happen in the Kenyan Elections 2017, and what do they mean for the country?

Who is ahead in the Kenyan election campaign, what does it tells us about Kenyan politics, and what does this mean for the country’s future? Latest analysis of the Kenyan polls ahead of voting day on 8 August by Justin Willis, Nic Cheeseman and Gabrielle Lynch. Click though for the free to download PDF.

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President Museveni and the battle over presidential age limits in Uganda

Michaela Collord analyses President Museveni’s efforts to remove the constitutional age limit so that he can stand for office once again at the next election … and maybe the one after that …

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The race for Nairobi, and the rise and rise of Mike Sonko

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman reflects on the battle for the Governorship of Nairobi and asks whether the populist outside Mike Sonko can take the seat and go on to one day become president.

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Lungu tries to have his cake and eat it: a state of emergency in all but name

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman reflects on President Lungu’s decision (not to) call a State of Emergency, and where his assumption of greater executive power leaves the state of democracy in Zambia.

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President Lungu requests emergency powers in Zambia

President Edgar Lungu has sought parliamentary approval for extra powers in a move that could lead to a State of Emergency in Zambia. Listen here for the audio as DiA brings you the story first…

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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Kenya’s 2017 elections

Are you researching the Kenyan elections of 2017? Are you looking for a place to publish your work? If so, then click through for more information because Nic Cheeseman, Karuti Kanyinga, Gabrielle Lynch, Mutuma Ruteere, and Justin Willis are acting as guest editors for a special issue, and they want to hear from you …

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Ghana’s new Chief Justice has a tough job on her hands

The country’s second female Chief Justice inherits a judiciary that is still reeling from an undercover media investigation that revealed endemic corruption, writes Michael Gyekye.

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48 opposition MPs suspended in Zambia, as IMF props up government

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman responds to the news that 48 opposition MPs have been suspended as Zambia begins to finalise an economic rescue package with the IMF.

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The moral economy of elections in Africa

Livestream the lecture by Professors Nic Cheeseman, Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis from the British Academy at 6:00pm UK time today (Tuesday 13 June), and access the powerpoint slides and other links to blogs and journal articles.

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Four ways the Kenyan election could be rigged – and how to stop it

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman looks at the prospects for election rigging in the Kenyan general election on 8 August, and what can be done about it.

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