Articles by: Dennis Penu

Kenyan Elections: Mixed feelings

Kenyan Elections: Mixed feelings

September 6, 2017 at 3:59 PM

 “Africa is Rising!”. This popular cliché came first to mind following the announcement of the 4-2 majority decision by the Kenyan Supreme court to annul the 8th August 2017 presidential elections results and order fresh one. The reason? It “was not conducted in accordance with the constitution” and therefore theRead More

Gambia: Yahya Jammeh and the ECOWAS’ R2P

Gambia: Yahya Jammeh and the ECOWAS’ R2P

January 20, 2017 at 4:11 PM

Following failed shuttle-mediation, troops contributed by some ECOWAS countries are in a ‘show of force’, threatening to use it if (ex) President Yahya Jammeh does not end his over-stay in office as Gambian head of state and allow (new) President Adama Barrow to take over after his ‘exiled’ swearing-in asRead More

More transparency, less trust? : Elections in Ghana

More transparency, less trust? : Elections in Ghana

November 22, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Once again the world looks on to get another democratic inspiration from Ghana, the beacon of stable governance in Africa, as she heads to the presidential and parliamentary polls on 7th December 2016. As usual, the ‘red-carpeted’ run-up to the elections is paced by many policy discussions about Ghana’s electoralRead More

UN on ISIL: Why the talk?

UN on ISIL: Why the talk?

November 30, 2015 at 7:16 AM

On Friday, the 13th November 2015 the breaking news of the unfolding horror of a terrorist attack gained global attention. It was Paris, again, and French President Francoise Hollande needed to order a pitiless response in the face of brutal adversity from a terror group that claimed victory in theRead More

Mugabe’s African Union: Looking ahead

Mugabe’s African Union: Looking ahead

November 13, 2015 at 1:27 PM

  On January 30th 2015, African leaders took the decision to make Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Chairman of the African Union despite its distastefulness to the West. This was no mere formality as some would argue; considering that in 2006, Omar Al Bashir of Sudan was overlooked to make DenisRead More

Sustainable Development Goals: African needs

Sustainable Development Goals: African needs

September 2, 2015 at 5:38 AM

As we head to the United Nations in September 2015, we accept the reality that many governments have not succeeded to achieve the aspirations of their people as enshrined under the Millennium Development Goals. So here comes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the rescue.  Diplomats from 193 countries reachedRead More

Burundi, Constitutionality and the Dynamics of Political Conflicts in Africa

Burundi, Constitutionality and the Dynamics of Political Conflicts in Africa

July 23, 2015 at 8:47 AM

  ©Reuters As a West African, I have wished that the cohesion that exists between our regional league of countries and proactivity is anything close to what we see in the East-African countries; whether for the purposes of concerted development or in the maintenance of peace and security. But thenRead More

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Goodbye Ebola, Hello Caution

May 31, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Significant peace and security concerns arise because the epidemic will, in its tracks, introduce a great deal of community level changes to human interactions, institutional responsiveness and human security dilemmas that may be overlooked.

Xenophobia in South Africa: A Mutation of Precedence

Xenophobia in South Africa: A Mutation of Precedence

May 7, 2015 at 5:42 AM

The governments of Ghana and Nigeria saved themselves from the current ordeal being experienced in South Africa by using the strategic expulsion process to placate the ego and frustration of their citizenry.