Sport hunting in Tanzania has long been synonymous with government corruption, with access to the lucrative sector believed to be controlled by a small group of elite politicians. However, the appointment of a new Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism suggests an imminent end to this trend, as sport hunting has finally attracted the attention of President John Magufuli’s war against corruption.
As President Kabila’s hold on power becomes more and more tenuous, persistent instability across the DRC has become the government’s main excuse to continue to delay new elections. This unrest appears to have been exacerbated by the actions of various illicit networks who, according to various observers, are acting on behalf of the government.
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In his two years in power, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has only made a handful of official trips abroad, raising fears that his focus on domestic affairs is having a detrimental effect on Tanzania’s wider foreign policy.
A recent cabinet reshuffle appears to have increased President John Magufuli’s authority and control over Tanzania’s commercial industries and wider political landscape following the appointment of several alleged political allies to positions of influence.
Despite not having yet confirmed his intention to run for a second presidential term in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari is attracting support from all corners of the ruling APC. It remains the case that many politicians recognise the benefit of Buhari serving a second term, ostensibly benefits for their own further political or economic advancement.
The relationship between politics and newspapers in Nigeria has evolved over recent years as the newspaper industry struggles to remain solvent. Ultimately, this financial instability has exposed the industry to political interference, as both newspapers and journalists are more inclined to refine their reporting to retain favour with those elites that are in a position to help them financially.
Freedom of speech in Tanzania is set to suffer another blow as new online content regulations are on the brink of becoming law in 2018. Ostensibly aimed at ensuring that digital platforms are not used to spread immoral or offensive activities, the regulations have the potential to severely restrict freedom of expression, raising concerns that the bill will be utilised as a political tool to silence dissent.
Created to investigate corruption within the government, Ghana's newly appointed Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu faces the challenging task of investigating and prosecuting public officials found guilty of corruption, as questions remain as to the extent of the position's independence.
Kidnap for ransom is a dominant form of criminality in the Niger Delta, having evolved from being a tool used by local militant groups - to simultaneously fund their campaign against the government and attract international attention - to a hugely profitable business in and of itself. This activity has grown to involve an extensive network of actors.
While the Catholic Church has consistently played an important role in the DRC's post-independence politics, it has become increasingly vocal in its criticism of Kabila's attempts to remain in power past the end of his mandate. Many observers now view the religious institution as an increasingly vital member of the civil society opposition movement.
Aliko Dangote’s new refinery – which is expected to be operational in 2019 –represents a huge potential boost for the Nigerian economy. Of equal interest, it will also secure Dangote’s eminent position in Nigeria’s economic and political circles, potentially at the expense of some politically-connected individuals who are alleged to have improperly profited from importing refined petroleum.
Nigeria has long been dominated by ethnic divisions, with many political relationships formed on the basis of ethnicity and region. While the Yoruba are one of the most populous and dominant ethnic groups in Nigeria, its influence in political circles remains largely regional, with the exception of a few major political kingmakers.