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The futility of elections: Re-thinking democracy in East Africa

Elections do not guarantee greater freedom or democratic governance and have contributed to instability and economic setbacks

In conversation with Kizito Mihigo, the gospel singer who died in a Rwandan jail

‘The only thing they want is for us to sing the praises of President Kagame,’ said Kizito Mihigo, in one of the last interviews before his death.

The Africans in exile who live in fear of transnational repression

Governments across sub-Saharan Africa violently pursue exiles abroad. Democracies must push back

Editorial: Campaigns in the time of Twitter

Just as a “nobody” can spew falsehoods and propaganda on social media, so too can a political leader — only with more dire consequences.

Burundian refugees in Tanzania face increasing danger

Human Rights Watch has documented cases of Burundian refugees being tortured and forcibly returned by Tanzanian authorities

Fearless Burundi MP suffers in jail

Fabien Banciryanino, who challenged state on political murders, detained in notorious prison

Why do presidents cling to power?

Four former heads of state speak about what being president is actually like

Burundi’s new security minister has a long and bloody past

Gervais Ndirakobuca is under international sanctions for human rights violations — abductions, disappearances, murder, turture — when people protested against the president seeking a third term

Danger: Burundi’s new president

Évariste Ndayishimiye’s first speech as president, and the conspicuous absence of Burundi’s main opposition leader, do not bode well for democracy

Remembering the cruelty of strongman Nkurunziza and his regime

Burundi’s president was a cruel and tyrannical leader under whom no one was safe, not even schoolchildren

Burundi’s president put politics before the pandemic. Now he’s dead

We don’t know if the coronavirus killed Pierre Nkurunziza. We do know that, in his absence, Burundi has a chance to take the pandemic seriously

Election preview: Burundi braces for divisive vote

The poll is going ahead with virtually no precautions besides prayer to protect citizens against the spread of Covid-19

Despite elections, Burundi is still a long, long way from redemption

Whether citizens vote for the ruling party or the opposition, Burundi’s democracy is still in an unfavourable state

High-stakes election threatens Burundi’s stability

Bitter rivals are contesting the presidential election and changes to the Constitution will make it unlikely that the losing party will concede defeat, raising prospects of violent protests

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