Author Archives: Nic Cheeseman

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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Tanzania – President Magufuli versus the investors

Michaela Collord takes a look at the impact of President Magufuli’s populist policies in Tanzania, after a special presidential committed issued a report alleging that Acacia mining has been deliberately under reporting the amount of gold in containers being held in Dar es Salaam.

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Is Africa becoming more democratic?

In celebration of Africa Day, DiA’s Nic Cheeseman considers whether Africa is becoming more democratic, and argues that things look better than you might think …

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The Moral Economy of Elections in Africa – Talk Announcement

The impact of elections in Africa project featuring Professors Nic Cheeseman, Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis will launch its findings on Ghana, Kenya and Uganda at a talk in London on 13 June 2017, with Dr George Bob-Milliar as discussant. Click through for more details and to reserve a place.

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The Uses and Abuses of Social Media in Africa

A recent conference at the University of Edinburgh went “Beyond the Hashtag” to explore the impact of social media in Africa. Don’t worry if you missed it, because Brooks Marmon has written this great summary of the key findings to bring you up to speed.

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Uganda – President Museveni’s term of “no joking around” takes a dramatic turn

Is President Museveni’s anti-corruption crusade in reality just an attempt to protect insider interests? And why has the president stopped “joking around? Michaela Collord investigates …

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What chaotic party primaries mean for Kenya’s General Election

In his regular column for Kenya’s Sunday Nation newspaper, DiA’s Nic Cheeseman reflects on the country’s chaotic and controversial party primaries, and whether they imply that the general election will see a return to the political violence of 2007/8.

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Zambia: Is a State of Emergency Inevitable?

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman is interviewed by Radio France International’s Daniel Finnan about the deteriorating political situation in Zambia and the prospect of the introduction of a State of Emergency by President Edgar Lungu. Listen to the interview here.

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Zambia: President Lungu sacrifices credibility to repress opposition

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman looks at the political crisis in Zambia, where the opposition leader has been charged with treason, and analyses the prospects for democratic backsliding.

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South Africans are learning that they’re not that exceptional after all

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman looks at the political crisis in South Africa, and argues that simply removing President Jacob Zuma will not solve the country’s problems.

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