Why is the World Silent on the Political Arrest of Diane Rwigara?

On 3rd May 2017, Diane Shima Rwigara announced her intention to vie for presidency in the 2017 general elections of the Republic of Rwanda which would pit her against popular but highly controversial incumbent President Paul Kagame among other candidates. Three days later, nude photos of her were posted on social media in an attempt…

Reflecting on Zimbabwe after the Coup

When President Mugabe’s resignation letter was read by the speaker of Zimbabwe’s parliament, the news ignited mixed reactions. Whereas a section of Zimbabweans hoped this would be an end to an era of massive corruption, poverty, economic instability and dictatorship, others saw this as a mere change of guard. Few weeks after being sworn in…

The Situation in Burundi: Is ICC’s Case Dead on Arrival?

On 25th October 2017, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor was authorized by the court to open proprio motu investigations into the Situation in the Republic of Burundi. Burundi becomes the latest of the sizable number of African states with situations before the ICC. With the inclusion of Burundi, the ICC has investigated 11 Situations,…

(Opinion) Rick Perry: A Reminder That Trump Never Drained The Swamp

November 9, 2017: On Thursday, November 2nd, Rick Perry — the Energy Secretary of the United States — controversially claimed that somehow, electricity created by fossil fuels is needed to prevent sexual assaults in Africa. The full quote, as published by the Hill, can be found below: “But also from the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are…

Will the East African Community Achieve a Political Federation?

Articles 123-125 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (EAC) provides for cooperation in political affairs as a pre-requisite to the formation of a political federation, which is the fourth and final step to achieving complete regional integration amongst the EAC member states– namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and…

When International Election Observer Missions Fail

On 1st September 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya set precedent by becoming the first African Court to nullify a Presidential Election on the grounds of illegality of the process, which was found to be marred by massive irregularities. The judgment contradicted the reports by several election observer missions, including the European Union (EU) Observer…

Africa’s Billionaire Club.

As a child, I always associated riches as a close relative to power. The kind of power that brings about respect through fear– you know, like most of the African leaders in this century. I would be lying if I said a part of me felt that those who gained wealth and were not directly…

Kenya’s Jurisprudence.

Jurisprudence; the study and theory of Law. The principles behind the law that make it so. Scholars and other legal theorists are among the lot that work and hope to obtain a deeper understanding and nature of the law, legal reasoning, legal systems and legal institutions as they are well enshrined in the constitution of…

Unseating Africa’s Incumbents: Myth or Possibility?

Becoming president is, without a doubt, the dream of many African youths. But how realistic is this dream? How achievable? Leaders who overstay in power have made the idea of political succession in Africa seem like a fallacy. In a continent with most of the longest serving, and certainly the oldest leaders in the world,…

Is The ICC Selectively Targeting African Leaders?

Presently, a total of 124 countries are State Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) comprising 34 African states, 28 Latin American and Caribbean States 25 Western European and other states, 19 Asia-Pacific States and 18 Eastern Europe countries. Accordingly, the African continent has the highest number of state parties to…

South Sudan: A Dilapidated Nation

South Sudan became a free nation on July 9, 2011. This independence was a result of the 2005 civil war. The hideous statistical outcomes of the country shocked the world across. The Sudanese population lives under helpless circumstances with no proper governance. Civilians die in misery and despair. Certainly, it is the current situation in…