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A drive-by analysis of Malawi’s election

The whole election seems to have been pretty dodgy. From the outside it looks like all major parties have tried to cook the electoral books with some intense rigging, and the…..

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Not quite spring, but not nothing

Today, Monday, August 19, 2013, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who was the first woman to serve as Deputy President of South Africa (2005-2009), took the oath of office as Executive Director of UN Women. Then Over the weekend, Joyce Banda, first woman President of Malawi, was sworn in as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community, or SADC (at the same time that H.E Robert Gabriel Mugabe was sworn in as Deputy Chair). Stergomena Tax had been Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of East African Cooperation in the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania. Over the weekend, she was sworn in as Executive Secretary of SADC

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What does Tony Blair want from Malawi?

Until recently, Tony Blair had never visited Malawi. Last summer there was a lot of international press coverage on the discovery of oil under Lake Malawi. Since then he’s developed…..

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Joyce Banda has bigger problems than Madonna

The historian Margery Perham once wrote that “the basic difficulty” with the British colonial technique of indirect rule, of which she was a major architect, was “the great gap between…..

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Can African Heads of State Speak?

These days, well-behaved African heads of state are rewarded by Barack Obama with the chance to meet with him in groups of four and have their picture taken with him……