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What we’re reading, 7 October 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.

Zambia proposed reforms to constitution causes jitters

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, has proposed constitutional reforms that would sharply increase his powers ahead of the general elections in 2021, sparking concerns about Zambia’s democratic credentials.

Why UPDF has banned red berets

The leading Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) banned anyone other than military personnel from wearing red berets, reported New Vision (Uganda). The beret has been used by opposition leader Bobi Wine and his supporters as a symbol of resistance.

In Ethiopia, the times they are a-changin’

The East African (Kenya) published an opinion piece around the political landscape in Ethiopia under the leadership of Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. The piece noted that whilst in previous decades the country has been led by corrupt dictatorships, the Ethiopian government is now making visible efforts to increase transparency. It concluded that Ethiopia sets a clear example of how, “free politics and economic reforms can work to re-engineer a country” and lead to a better future.

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