A tale of two Egypts is unfolding just weeks after masses of Egyptians – between 18 and 35 million (according to police/protestors figures, which is at least threefold the number who overthrew President Hosni Mubarak’s government in February 2011) – took to the streets all over the country in what is now described by anti-Morsi supporters as a “June 30 Revolution”.
Orji Uzor Kalu, the controversial former Abia State governor and business tycoon, has made no secret of his determination to run for Nigeria’s top office in 2015, just as he did unsuccessfully in 2007. In a bid to learn what makes the man tick, Baba Chenzira went to meet him.
Once upon a time, they called him the best president in Africa; then from 2000 when Zimbabwe began its controversial land reform programme, he became a Hitler, the worst dictator in Africa. Western leaders refused to even shake hands with him. Today, on the eve of crucial national elections in Zimbabwe, the West is back in Harare, seeking friendship and reconciliation with the man they recently called a tyrant. Reporting from Harare, our editor Baffour Ankomah says vindication and victory could never be sweeter for Zimbabwe’s president and his people than to see his former enemies coming back with doves in hand.
What message are the people of Kenya sending to the world, especially the West, with the election of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto even though they face ICC charges?
It is 18 months since the Patriotic Front (PF) government of Michael Sata came to power in Zambia. Apart from being under pressure to deliver its mega election promises, the government has now come under criticism for its human rights and governance record. But the government insists it is upholding the rule of law. Reginald Ntomba reports from Lusaka.
As Ghana’s Supreme Court begins to hear the mother of all cases – brought by the opposition presidential candidate, Nana Akufo- Addo (pictured right), seeking to overturn the December 2012 presidential result – evidence is emerging that desperation is making Akufo-Addo’s faction in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) plan extrajudicial tactics to get its way. Osei Boateng reports.
Kenya’s new president was born a Catholic, grew up a Catholic, and was helped by the Catholic Church behind the scenes to win the 4 March presidential election, reports Wanjohi Kabukuru.
When Kenya’s historic “Battle of the Sons” ended on 4 March, the son of the nation’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta had trounced the son of the former vice president Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory sent pollsters and Western diplomats in Nairobi scurrying for cover, for none had given him a dog’s chance to win, let alone in the first round. Was it why his opponent, Raila Odinga, chose the legal route to overturn the result via the Supreme Court? Our Kenyan correspondent, Wanhoji Kabukuru, looks at all the dynamics.