Loise Ndegwa


About Loise Ndegwa

Loise Ndegwa is currently a Masters student at the University of Cape Town studying International Relations. She is also a Mandela-Rhodes scholar 2016 Cohort.

Most African Countries Are Generally Becoming Less Fragile

The Fragile State Index (FSI) 2019 showed that most African countries are generally less fragile, with slight improvements since previous years. The FSI, published by Fund for Peace, ranks countries based on how different pressures they face “impact their levels of fragility.” The FSI takes into account variables such as […]


Bobi Wine: The Face Of Uganda’s Opposition

Over the past year, MP Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly referred to as Bobi Wine, has been the face of Uganda’s opposition. He has become a fiery opponent of the oppressive Museveni government. As his local support base increases and international support spreads, the Ugandan government has clearly demonstrated they will intentionally and publicly suppress the opposition in the […]


The Jihadist Movement In Mozambique

On Tuesday, 23 October, more than 100 people were arrested in Tanzania, accused of planning to create radicalization camps in Northern Mozambique. This series of arrests is part of widespread security operations in South and East Tanzania. Two weeks before, 189 suspected Islamist militants, including 42 women, began their trials […]


African Political Trends: The Rise In ‘Constitutional Coups’

Comoros president Azali Assoumani is the latest African president to use a constitutional reform to cling to power with an iron fist. The Comoros National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced on 31 July that an overwhelming majority of the country (92.74%) voted for government-backed constitutional reforms that will allow the president […]


Grenade Attack During Rally Held By Ethiopian Prime Minister Results In Casualties

Soon after the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia finished his speech on June 23rd at the Meskel Square, a grenade was denoted causing 10,000 supporters to run in fear of their lives. His supporters were eager to hear about his new reformist agenda. As a result of the attacks, […]


The Role Of Youth In Peace And Conflict In Africa

On December 9th, 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted one of the most ground-breaking resolutions in its history; UNSCR 2250 (2015) recognized the need for youths to play an “important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace security.” UNSCR resolution 2250 identified five key […]


Niger Suffers Yet Another Suspected Boko Haram Attack

At around 10 pm on Monday June 5th, three assailants conducted simultaneous suicide bombing attacks targeting a Koranic school, a Mosque and a shop in Diffa administration in Niger. Conflicting reports are being circulated regarding the identity of the attackers; it was either three women or two women and one […]


Main Opposition Party In The Republic Of Guinea Calls For New Protests Against President Conde

The main opposition in the Republic of Guinea, Union des Forces Démocratures de Guinée (UFDG), resumed protests over the local election held in February 2018. The opposition party called for strikes aimed at crippling activity in the capital city of Conakry. Local elections and the protests that followed The local […]


Equatorial Guinea’s Supreme Court Upholds Decision To Dissolve Main Opposition Party

On May 7, the Supreme Court of Equatorial Guinea upheld the February 26 decision to dissolve Citizens for Innovation (CI), the country’s main opposition party. The court rulings also maintained the 30-year jail terms handed to 21 of its members. The military coup and the consequences Dissolving CI came less […]


Four Mass Graves Discovered With Victims Of The Rwandan Genocide In Kigali

On Sunday April 22nd, Rwandans woke up to the news that four mass graves were discovered containing thousands of victims of the Rwandan genocide. This discovery of these graves forces the country’s 11.92 million citizens to once again address one of the most horrific events on African soil. The Rwandan […]


UN Ready To Charge Senior South Sudanese Officers And Officials With War Crimes And Crimes Against Humanity

On 23rd February 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) in South Sudan announced that they have enough evidence to charge at least 41 senior officers and officials with war crimes and crimes against humanity during the four-year civil war. Background on the conflict in South Sudan South Sudan, […]


Life After Mugabe: The Era Of President Emmerson Mnangagwa

It has been two and a half months since former President Robert Mugabe resigned from office. This momentous occasion ushered in Emmerson Mnangagwa as the third President of Zimbabwe. The Mnangagwa presidency serves as a transitional government that will prepare the country for the upcoming election. During the World Economic […]


The Illusion Of Democratic Peace In Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 50 years since the process of independence began in the African continent – at the height of the Cold War – the discussion of democratic peace still looms. Scholars, governments and concerned citizens alike contemplate the implementation of democratization throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, which is heavily influenced by the […]


Human Trafficking From The Horn Of Africa Into The Arab Peninsula

When discussing African immigrants seeking greener pastures, most media sources discuss the migrant routes into Europe. Many of these stories focus on trafficking and smuggling routes in the most used route in Libya by gangs and militias who have chosen to exploit vulnerable persons. The recent stories of the slave […]


The Members Of Zimbabwe’s New Cabinet: Old Wine In New Wineskins?

On November 22nd, a scenario that seemed impossible to Zimbabweans came true. In a televised address, the Speaker of the Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, read President Robert Mugabe’s resignation letter, effectively ending his 37-year reign in power. The news, as expected, was met with much excitement, leading to streets parties celebrating […]