News & Analysis: Political impact

Delta variant deepens crisis for Tunisia’s fragile democracy

“A fast-deteriorating health situation has added to Tunisia’s political and economic woes as the aggressive Delta variant of coronavirus takes hold in a country with low vaccinations and the Arab world’s highest COVID-19 death rate.”

via Financial Times

How COVID-19 Undermines Democracy in Africa

“In prioritising public health, governments have drawn on emergency legislation to implement lockdown regulations. These measures narrow the gap between authoritarianism and democracy and can be used as a pretext for authoritarian regimes to hold on to power.”


Namibia: Three State House officials die of COVID-19

“Three statehouse employees have succumbed to COVID-19. This was confirmed by press secretary Alfredo Hengari on Wednesday morning.”

via The Namibian

Namibia’s president, first lady test positive for COVID-19

“Namibian President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingob have tested positive for COVID-19, the Namibian presidency said in a statement on Thursday. They were informed of their results on Wednesday evening.”

via News24

A billion-dollar COVID-19 deal linked to Kenya attracted the attention of US regulators

“In Kenya, citizens have protested allegations of corruption in the procurement and supply of COVID-19 equipment worth $71.96 million by a government agency. But the latest scandal to envelop the country has had international implications, pulling in a Canadian firm and American regulators.”

via Quartz Africa

The more Africans do business online, the more they hate internet shutdowns

“If African populations are skeptical now of limits on digital media, that opposition might grow as more enter the digital space for commerce, work, education, entertainment and social communications. Shutdowns will generate not only higher economic costs, but likely greater public outrage as well.”

via Quartz Africa

Who’s afraid of COVID-19? Somalia’s battle with the virus

“With one of the weakest health systems in the world and a government in turmoil, Somalia is struggling with a new wave of coronavirus infections that will likely lead to a surge in unrecorded and unrecognised deaths, health officials and aid workers warn.”

via The New Humanitarian

Botswana president in self-quarantine, to miss meeting on Mozambique attacks

“Botswana’s president will miss a Southern African regional meeting he had been due to chair on Thursday to discuss recent attacks on Mozambique after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, prompting him to self-quarantine, his office said on Tuesday.”

via Reuters

“A short illness?” Why we deserve to know what kills our leaders

“Presidents may not be constitutionally required to report on their health, but the secretive nature of all these deaths robbed countries of timely opportunities for reflection and frank discussions of health and illness.”

via African Arguments

COVID-19 inflames election violence in Africa

“COVID-19 may have increased the risk of electoral violence in four key ways: facilitating clampdowns on political opposition, fueling the proliferation of disinformation, worsening economic fragility and delaying elections.”

via African Business Magazine