Why history will judge Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza harshly

Posted on Mon 15 June 2020 in Africa • Tagged with Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza, Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye, Rwanda, politics

President Pierre Nkurunziza arrives to inaugurate Burundi’s Chinese-built state house on September 27, 2019. (Photo by ONESPHORE NibigIra/AFP via Getty Images)

David E Kiwuwa, University of Nottingham

Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi’s football-loving president and self-proclaimed pastor, has died at the age of 55. By all accounts this was …


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Kenya: why elite cohesion is more important than ethnicity to political stability

Posted on Mon 02 March 2020 in Africa • Tagged with Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Kenyan elections, politics

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) shakes hands with the opposition coalition leader Raila Odinga to symbolise a truce in March 2018. Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images

Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham; Gabrielle Lynch, University of Warwick, and Karuti Kanyinga, University of Nairobi

Kenyan politics is often depicted as …


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