Throughout East Africa, presidents are using a variety of controversial methods to overstay term limits and remain in power. Uganda might be the next to follow suit as its leader bumps up against its constitution’s upper age limit for holding office.
Much of the land in Uganda is owned by families under a traditional system, which uses geographical features as boundary markers and knowledge maintained by clan elders. The recent civil war has destroyed those markers, and most of the elders who know who owns what have passed away. As families return to their land, they now have a difficult task to prove it belongs to them.
Traditional land management in Uganda is causing problems as the country modernizes and land disputes rise. A spokesman for the country’s Ministry of Lands talked with the Global Press about how land owners can protect their land by documenting ownership properly.
An acrimonious national debate about French-speaking judges and teachers being assigned to largely English-speaking areas prompted the second government-led internet shutdown in English-speaking parts of Cameroon this year. One affected region, Buea, where many of the country’s tech startups are concentrated, has startup founders wondering how to startup again.
Zimbabwe’s land reforms led to widespread evictions and neglected farms, but it returned prime agricultural space to people who hadn’t been legally able to own or manage it for generations. GPJ sat down with two men – an activist and a one-time farmer – to discuss the land reforms’ long-term impacts.
Voters in this southern African nation will head to the polls in 2018, but the government body that runs the elections is viewed by many as being under the control of the ruling party. This lack of independence, critics say, is causing young voters to lose faith in the process and to stay home on election day.