THE SIMILARITIES

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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.

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