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What we're reading, 26 August 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.

State of emergency declared in eastern Chad hit by inter-communal conflicts

Chadian President, Idriss Déby declared a state of emergency in the Chadian eastern provinces of Sila and Ouaddai, following the escalation of ethnic clashes which resulted in dozens of deaths this month.

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Uganda abolishes mandatory death penalty

The Parliament of Uganda has abolished the mandatory death penalty for certain crimes, amending four different laws including the Anti-Terrorism Act, which previously prescribed capital punishment.

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A lot on the platter for Magufuli at SADC

The Citizen (Tanzania) published an opinion piece the appointment of Tanzanian President, John Magufuli as South African Development Community (SADC) Chairperson. The piece emphasised that strong leadership is essential for the SADC to achieve its objectives: regional integration and economic development. It noted that upon his appointment, Magufuli pledged to ensure that the region fully utilises its resource potential, adding that this is likely to bolster economic growth. However, it called on Magufuli to urgently tackle challenges such as the lack of funds for infrastructure projects and the cost of doing business in the region.

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