13 September 2021

ECOWAS/Guinea: Ecowas lacks effectiveness in enforcing good governance amongst its members. “(M)ilitary coups in the region and growing moves by political incumbents to elongate their stay in office through dubious constitutional amendments are proving a tough challenge.” Ecowas has reacted with suspensions to coups – but has never suspended a country whose president has unconstitutionally sought one more term of office – Condé in Guinea and Ouattara in Côte d’Ivoire being the latest examples for this.

South Africa/Bride abductions: Ukuthwala = the kidnapping, assault and rape of girls as young as 13 and 14 by older men, forcing them into customary marriages. “In sum, (the author’s) findings affirm that custom cannot be understood as formulaic or benign.” Ukuthwala points to “the very close relationship between marriage processes and rape” and to “how the institution of marriage continues to diminish women’s sexual autonomy”.

12 September 2021

Nigeria: Switching off mobile phone towers (along a “sustained air and ground operation”) in Zamfara is the latest measure in the state’s fight against “armed men rule” and the kidnapping crisis. While it seems that the measure has some success, it may drive the criminals to neighbouring states.