Close

Support Global Voices

To stay independent, free, and sustainable, our community needs the help of friends and readers like you.

Donate now »

· January, 2021

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from January, 2021

A social media blackout persists in Uganda, weeks after the election

Uganda's longtime leader Yoweri Museveni was reelected for a sixth term, as rival Bobi Wine alleges massive irregularities, state inspired violence, intimidation and harassment.

Mozambican football back in action with the debut of all-women referee trio

Known as Moçambola, Mozambique's main professional football league restarted on 16 January after 10 months' suspension due to the pandemic.

In Tanzania, full-throttle COVID-19 denial leaves citizens without access to public health information

Since March 2020, the Tanzanian government has gone silent on the coronavirus with no data released to the public on infections or deaths.

A Zimbabwean journalist, two opposition politicians jailed for tweets about police brutality

Hopewell Chin’ono, Job Sikhala and Fadzai Mahere were arrested for tweeting about a police officer who allegedly beat a baby to death while enforcing COVID-19 regulations.

Sudan-Ethiopia border tensions mount in conflicted al-Fashqa region

Continual clashes between Ethiopian militia groups and Sudanese farmers in Sudan’s al-Fashqa region have put the Sudanese Army on the defense.

COVID-19, digital rights and Nigeria's emerging surveillance state

In Nigeria, contact-tracing apps raise valid concerns about the government's attempts to leverage this for future clampdowns on citizens' digital rights — long after the pandemic is long gone. 

In Mozambique, a tug of war between public health and digital rights during the pandemic

Under an extended state of emergency in Mozambique, several new digital platforms emerged to disseminate COVID-19 information. But these initiatives lack clarity in terms of data privacy and personal security.

Kenya must implement data protection law before 2022 presidential election

Kenya must act quickly to enforce its new data protection law. If not prepared, the ghosts of Kenya’s political past may once again come back to haunt its citizens.

In Guinea, President Alpha Condé takes his third term despite long-running controversy

Guinean president Alpha Condé succeeded in getting reelected for a third time by imposing a constitutional reform obtained in poll criticized by opposition and organizations.

Social media blackout, violent crackdown on opposition ahead of presidential elections in Uganda 

“Millions of young people demand reform and say their future is pitted against a small cadre of tyrants committed to retaining power at all costs,” says Bobi Wine. 

Lockdown to shutdown: How COVID-19 stifled digital rights in Zimbabwe

COVID-19 and its subsequent government policies have had far-reaching implications on digital rights and media freedom in Zimbabwe.

Namibia's COVID-19 internet rollout impresses, but excludes and widens control

Namibia's tech-driven effort to bring more Namibians online during the pandemic seems brilliant. But most of Namibia’s historically marginalized native populations have been excluded. 

In Uganda, COVID-19 rules are ‘perfect instrument for criminalizing dissent’

In Uganda, increased criminalization of misinformation during the pandemic infringed on citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and access to information, especially targeting journalists and human rights activists.

Cyclone Chalane hit Mozambique, leaving much less damage than previous storms

The storm lost intensity before it hit the country. With memories still fresh of Cyclone IDAI, which left 600 dead in March 2019, Mozambicans feared the worst.

About our Sub-Saharan Africa coverage

Nwachukwu Egbunike is the Sub-Saharan Co-Editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Njeri Wangari is the Sub-Saharan Africa Co-editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Dércio Tsandzana is the Lusophone (Portuguese) editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

* = required field
Email Frequency



No thanks, show me the site