In 2015, keeping power by force went out of fashion for some East and Central African leaders, who instead found ways to stay at the top legally -- but not without a fierce opposition.
Just days after the high profile killing of the son of a prominent Burundian human rights activist, Rawanda's President Paul Kagame urged Burundi to avoid reverting to the ethnic violence that engulfed both countries in the 1990s.
The October 25 referendum opens the door to President Denis Sassou Nguesso serving a third term in office, and has sparked opposition protests in the country.
Rwanda's spy chief Karenzi Karake was arrested for war crimes at London's Heathrow Airport on Saturday, and Rwanda are being forced to pay $1.5 million to bail him out.
General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake was arrested at Heathrow airport, under a seven-year-old Spanish indictment that accuses of him of ordering massacres, alleged to have taken place in the wake of the country's 1994 genocide.
Almost 20 percent of the population has signed the petitions, but Kagame's strong-arm tactics lead many to question their authenticity
Gen. Bruno Mandevu was appointed to head an army operation against FDLR rebels, but just five days later was accused of committing 121 rights abuses, including allegations of rape and summary executions.
During the three-month Rwandan Genocide 20 years ago, 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus died at the hands of their friends and neighbors.
The feel-good redemption stories I've been reading are way too simplistic.The Tutsi-led RPF are still in power and Rwanda’s current president, Paul Kagame, was their commander in 1994.
Feel-good stories about Rwanda oversimplify the supposed transformation of a country that once seemed without hope.