2017 in politics
29 Dec 2017 KAYA VOICES
By Nomali Cele
In November 2016, (white) Americans voted for Donal Trump to be the 45th president of the United States. He was inaugurated in January of 2017 and the world has been on a wild ride with America. From the Muslim travel ban to America not doing anything to help nearby countries (Mexico and Puerto Rico) after natural disasters to suspicion of Russian involvement in the White House and taking Israel’s side by boldly declaring that the US EMbassy would be moved from Palestine to Israel. Don’t forget those tweets. America (and the rest of the world) has been having a hard year.
Zuma survived another vote of no-confidence
After months of opposition parties calling for it (and eventually going to court), the speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, announced that the voting in the motion of no-confidence in President Zuma would be by secret ballot.
According to a report by Africa Check, this was the fourth motion of no confidence that the National assembly voted on.
On 14 November 2017, Zimbabwean army officials took to the country’s public broadcaster to assure the citizens and the world that there wasn’t a coup going on. Days later, Zimbabweans started a mass protest calling for the country’s 93-year-old president to step down.
The day after the protests, it’s announced that Mugabe has been recalled by ZANU-PF but in his public address, he makes no mention of his intention to step down. The bewildered gasps could be heard around the world. Mugabe finally resigned on 21 November with impeachment proceedings already.
ANC National Conference
At the African National Congress’s conference, which many had been terming the party’s turning point, Ramaphosa defeated Dlamini-Zuma. However, due to the party doing away with slates, the resulting executive/top six left many wondering if Zuma’s camp had really lost.
Liberia is still on track
Liberia is facing its first democratic transfer of power from one president to another. This hasn’t happened since 1944. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman president of an African country, is due to handover to George Weah whom she defeated when she was elected in 2005. Weah is a former football star.
Liberia has spent the decade-plus since its democratic election of Johnson Sirleaf remedying the country after decades of corruption and civil wars but was battered by an Ebola crisis between 2014 and 2016.