Politics is supposed to be about servant leadership but neither Odinga nor Ruto carry themselves with the gait of servant leaders. Both expect and demand power. Neither is a reformist candidate. Both represent continuity.
Rwanda has been praised for its economic achievements but political persecution and human rights violations remain rife in the country.
This is the fourth in a series of articles that will review and comment on surveys related to the August 2022 general election, providing analytical tools to enable the reader to assess their credibility and potential impact.
Who between Raila Odinga and William Ruto will win over the undecided voter? Will George Wajackoyah’s candidacy provoke a run-off? Is the IEBC ready to deliver credible polls?
Institutions, including universities, have internal and external lives that are mutually constitutive. Institutional cultures reflect and reproduce prevailing and intertwined national and global contexts, challenges, and opportunities. USIU-Africa’s institutional culture exhibited the complexities and contradictions of its history, location, and aspirations.
Across Africa projects of capitalist extraction still ensure evictions, mass expropriations of land and misery. Today the government of Tanzania wants to expand the space for luxury tourists to enjoy picturesque views of nature – a wildlife fantasy of nature supposedly untouched by humans. Laibor Kalanga Moko and Jonas Bens argue that justification for the dispossession of indigenous communities has shifted from “economic development” to “wildlife conservation”.
Nadia Sayed assesses the Black Lives Matter movement two years after mass protests erupted following the assassination of George Floyd. We share a talk she gave at Marxism festival in London in July 2022, which is based on her article for the International Socialism Journal. Defending the movement’s achievements while considering its weaknesses, Sayed argues that mobilising the power of the working class is crucial to ensuring that Black Lives Matter is not merely a moment but the beginning of a movement that delivers fundamental change.
Africa's engagement with the world before European colonialism holds unexpected episodes of un-colonial power relations.
The volume of plastic waste in Kenya demands clear regulatory and policy frameworks and not patchwork measures.
The 2017 ban on plastic carrier bags represent a significant first step towards alleviating the problem of plastic pollution but developmental plasticity, and not recirculating plastic, is the key.
Deputy President William Ruto has been the greatest political beneficiary of the 2010 constitution. However, historical precedent and dialectical odds are stacked against him, argues Wanjala Nasong’o, and he is unlikely to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta come 9 August 2022.