Burundi’s President Nkurunziza facing opposition for seeking third term; In Tanzania, President Magufuli faces down alleged high-handedness. And as Rwanda’s President Kagame’s critics wonder whether he will ever retire, Kenyan President Kenyatta has slugged it out with opposition leader Raila Odinga at the ballot box and the Supreme Court and they still have a rematch on October 26 and Uganda’s President Museveni’s parliamentary majority clears his way towards a life presidency..
reverse this tradition.
His decrees touching on the public service and on mining companies suspected to be fleecing the country with little regard to due process has betrayed the makings of a strongman.
The banning of political rallies, altercations pitting law enforcers against lawmakers critical of the government, the yet-to-be resolved near-fatal shooting of legislator Tundu Lissu who is recovering at a Nairobi hospital and the banning of some newspapers are cited by civil society as evidence of encroachment and trampling over fundamental freedoms.
That the civil society is lobbying for changes in law to allow for a presidential election to be challenged in court speaks volumes about the changing political landscape in the region.