What we’re reading, 11 March 2019
Each week the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to governance in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.
Everything is rotten in the state of Kenya
The East African (Kenya) published an op-ed focusing on Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts to eradicate corruption. The piece emphasised the widespread nature of corruption in Kenyan politics, stating that it damages Kenya’s viability as a nation state. The article concluded with a plea for a “complete paradigm shift” to fight the phenomenon.
Sudan’s story is told in many ways
The Arab Weekly (pan-Arabic) published an article reflecting on protests and uprisings in Sudan that have called for an end to the rule of Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir in recent months. The piece illustrated the country’s troubled history, characterised more recently by growing pressure from foreign powers and internal human displacement driven by conflict in the western region of Darfur. The article highlighted that Sudan had consistently ranked poorly in the IIAG.
U.N. accuses Burundi of forcing it to close human rights office
Africanews (pan-African) reported that Burundi has forced the United Nations to shut its local human rights office after 23 years. The article noted that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet stated that Burundi believed that it had made sufficient progress in human rights and argued that the existence of the UN human rights office was therefore no longer justified.