Monthly Archives: March 2015

Ivory Coast needs a transition phase

By Eric Edi
With a sluggish reconciliation process, nation is not ready for a presidential election

Laurent Gbagbo Picture

Laurent Gbagbo, former Ivorian president

The apparent calm in the West African nation is deceptive. Many unresolved issues have created seething tensions that make the likelihood of renewed violence real. A transitional phase is required, for all actors to prioritize the birth of a new contract and prepare a new electoral cycle by building on past failures. Continue reading

Rwanda: ‘Under no circumstances’ clause is inviolable

Prof. Charles Kambanda

Prof. Charles Kambanda – On Rwanda’s presidential terms limit in the 2003 constitution

There is no legal instrument or method to circumvent the presidential terms limit under Article 101 of Rwanda’s constitution, save for a coup which would suspend or abrogate the constitution in its entirety. By the letter and spirit of the 2003 constitution, while the length of a presidential term may be decreased or increased from the current seven years, the two terms limit cannot be legally lifted. Continue reading

Ashesi University: A New Model of Leadership for Africa

By Ken Maguire

Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum

Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum

Awuah has entertained many offers to build or lead other schools, but for now, he says, “we will not attempt to replicate (Ashesi) unless we think we are ready.” He’s saved every document, including the original business plan, in hope of writing a book.

Africa’s rich and powerful are almost as easy to spot as its ubiquitous poor. Many of them shuttle to and from work and around towns like Accra, Ghana, in shiny chauffeured cars and oversized SUVs.

That’s not how Patrick Awuah ’89 rolls. The man who wants to revolutionize how Africa educates its future chief executives of government and business—he’s spent $700,000 of his own money doing it—drives himself to work in a 1999 Honda CR-V, looking more like a suburban dad than a mover or shaker. Continue reading

Ashesi University in Ghana: an example of African higher education renaissance

Tanzania’s Kikwete says Burundi should heed president term limit; risks regional tensions

Tanzanian President Jakawa Kikwete whose forces are part of the international brigade of intervention whose objective is to target armed forces operating in Eastern Congo.

Tanzanian President Jakawa Kikwete whose forces are part of the international brigade of intervention working alongside MONUSCO in Eastern Congo.

President Pierre Nkurunziza is expected to seek a third mandate, and the comment will have reverberated within the region.

TANZANIAN leader Jakaya Kikwete called on Burundi to abide by a peace agreement that limits presidents to two terms in office, amid speculation President Pierre Nkurunziza may seek a third mandate. Continue reading