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AD480: Ugandans see social media as beneficial and want unrestricted access, but are wary of its use to spread fake news

In Uganda, restrictions on Internet and social media use are becoming common. Since 1 July  2021, Internet users have begun paying a 12% tax on Internet data, in addition to an 18%  valued added tax (Mwesigwa, 2021). The Internet tax replaces the over-the-top tax,  popularly known as the “social media tax,” which the government imposed in 2018 in a bid  to restrict access to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and other platforms. 

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AD479: Plus d’unité que de division ? Au Cameroun, les avis sont partagés

Le Cameroun est un pays riche en cultures et en traditions. Du fait de son histoire de colonisation, le Français et l’Anglais sont les deux langues officielles, faisant ainsi une des particularités de ce pays en Afrique. La diversité culturelle est la raison pour laquelle le pays est dénommé « l’Afrique en miniature » (Serra, 2009).

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AD478: Economic insecurity persists for South Africans

In South Africa, the economic hub of Africa, years of stifled growth have been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic’s extended restriction of economic activity. The economy shrank by 7% in 2020 (World Bank, 2020), causing widespread material deprivation, job losses, and anxiety about the future. Signs of recovery, though seen for four consecutive quarters, have been modest (Statistics South Africa, 2021a).

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AD477: Zimbabweans’ fear of retaliation for reporting corruption compounds ‘pandemic within a pandemic’

In his inaugural speech in November 2017, President Emmerson Mnangagwa pledged to fight corruption, a scourge that he said “remains the major source of some of the problems we face as a country, and its retarding impact on national development cannot be over- emphasized” (Sithole-Matarise, 2017).

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AD475: Zimbabweans grapple with water shortage amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Zimbabwe’s water and sanitation crisis predates COVID-19 by decades. But it appears to be worsening, and bringing additional dangers during the pandemic.

Access to clean water has long been declining, especially in urban areas. Human Rights Watch (2020) reports that while 84% of Zimbabweans had access to safe drinking water in 1988, that proportion had shrunk to 72% by 2000 and to 64% by 2017. More than 2 million people in the greater Harare metropolitan area have no household access to safe water for drinking.

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AD474: South Africans’ trust in institutions and representatives reaches new low

In July 2021, as South Africa grappled with a third wave of COVID-19 infections, widespread looting and rioting erupted in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the two most populous provinces (Daily Maverick, 2021). The riots damaged businesses, public buildings, and key infrastructure and left at least 342 people dead, and order was restored only after the state deployed 25,000 army troops (Business Day, 2021; Davis, Nicolson, & Simelane, 2021).

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AD473: Les Gabonais font peu confiance à la police et à la gendarmerie

Dans tous les États, le rôle principal de la gendarmerie et de la police consiste à assurer la sécurité des personnes et des biens et de maintenir l’ordre public. Pour cela, les agents affectés à la sécurisation doivent construire une relation de confiance avec les populations pour susciter leur adhésion.

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AD472: In Zimbabwe, citizens call for free cross-border movement and open trade

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state” as well as “the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country” (United Nations, 1948).

And the African Continental Free Trade Area aims to create a single market with free movement of goods and services between countries (World Economic Forum, 2021).

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AD471: Majority of Gambians say their country is heading in the wrong direction

In December 2021, Gambians will head to the polls for their first presidential election since the removal of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh in 2017. Amidst a proliferation of political parties and an increasingly liberal media environment, the election is expected to be keenly contested (Jaw & Jeng, 2021).
 
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AD470: Emaswati approve of government’s COVID-19 response, but remain skeptical about vaccines

Since its first case in March 2020, Eswatini has recorded 26,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 806 deaths as of 4 August 2021 (World Health Organization, 2021). To contain the outbreak, the government quickly declared a national emergency and instituted night-time curfews, school closures, restrictions on non-essential travel, limited sales of alcohol, social distancing, and mandatory wearing of face masks (Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini, 2020).

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AD469: Zimbabweans see traditional leaders as influential but want them to stay out of politics

The functions of traditional leaders in Zimbabwe’s rural areas are outlined in the Constitution and the 1988 Traditional Leaders Act. They include promoting and upholding the cultural values of their communities, facilitating development, and administering communal lands. They are also charged with protecting the environment, resolving disputes in their communities, and exercising any other functions conferred or imposed on them by an act of Parliament.

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AD467: South Africans support government’s COVID-19 response but are critical of corruption and skeptical of vaccines

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in South Africa was identified on 5 March 2020. Since then, the country has recorded more than 2.3 million cases and at least 70,018 deaths related to the disease (National Institute for Communicable Diseases, 2021), although the real death toll could be more than twice as high (News24, 2021).

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AD466: Zimbabweans endorse legitimacy of taxation but have difficulty finding out how government uses tax revenues

Taxation is an essential tool for domestic resource mobilization as well as policy making, shaping the distribution of resources among wealthy and less-wealthy citizens and enabling the government to address national development objectives (AFRODAD, 2011).

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AD464: Gone but not forgotten: Most Ugandans want presidential term and age limits reinstated

In 2005, the Parliament of Uganda amended the Constitution to remove presidential term limits, allowing incumbents to run for re-election indefinitely (Observer, 2012). In 2017, lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to repeal the presidential age limit requiring that presidential candidates be less than 75 years of age (BBC, 2017). This allowed President Yoweri Museveni, age 76, to claim his sixth consecutive term in the recently concluded elections.

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AD463: Though alert to its dangers, Zimbabweans embrace social media and demand unrestricted access

Social media is having a huge impact on the daily lives of people throughout the world. A popular tool in both personal and professional life (Breen, 2015), social media allows users to stay updated and connected with little regard for geographical borders, and is competing with traditional media as the go-to source for information (Digital School of Marketing, 2019).

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AD462: Les Sénégalais déplorent la hausse du niveau de corruption mais craignent des représailles en cas de dénonciation

La corruption constitue l’un des plus gros freins au développement du continent africain. Elle cause, à elle seule, une perte annuelle estimée à 148 milliards de dollars, soit 25% du produit intérieur brut (PIB) de l’Afrique (Financial Africa, 2019). Pour lutter contre ce phénomène, le gouvernement du Sénégal a créé, depuis 2012, l’Office National de Lutte Contre la Fraude et la Corruption (OFNAC), une autorité administrative indépendante dotée de l’autonomie financière.

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AD461: Ghanaians are united and hospitable but intolerant toward same-sex relationships

Tolerance is a pre-condition for stability in a society with a variety of cultural and religious traditions. In Ghana, a secular and heterogeneous society (Armah-Attoh & Debrah, 2015), peaceful coexistence of different ethnicities and religions is strengthened by policies that foster internal mobility, such as a national service program that allows youths to spend time outside their home regions, as well as by urbanization connecting different ethnic groups in marriage and daily life (Throup, 2011).

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AD458: Zimbabweans endorse government’s COVID-19 response but voice concerns about corruption and lack of assistance

Zimbabwe has not been spared the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 16 June 2021, the country had recorded 40,077 confirmed cases and 1,635 deaths of COVID-19 (World Health Organization, 2021). Lockdowns have threatened many households with destitution and hunger (News24, 2021).

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AD457: Mauritians’ demand for democracy remains high despite waning quality

On 17 May 2021, former attorney general and prominent government critic Jayaram Valayden was detained by Mauritian security forces and charged with organizing a rally in contravention of the country’s Quarantine Act, a COVID-19 containment measure that prohibits public gatherings of more than 10 people (CNBC Africa, 2021).

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AD456: Malgré qu’il soit difficile de s’informer sur les impôts, les Togolais sont favorables à en payer plus pour plus de services

Afin de limiter les pertes énormes de recettes à cause de la faiblesse de son système fiscal et douanier, le Togo a rendu opérationnelle depuis 2014 la politique dite « régie intégrée » avec l’avènement de l’Office Togolais des Recettes (OTR). Cette politique consiste à fusionner les services des impôts et des douanes en une seule entité dotée d’organes et d’un système de fonctionnement plus efficaces, et a pour objectif de collecter les recettes fiscales et douanières pour le compte de l’Etat et des collectivités locales (Djallo, 2015).

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AD455: Les Tunisiens ont confiance en leurs tribunaux mais pensent que les gens ne sont pas égaux devant la loi

La Tunisie se place huitième en Afrique et 56ième au niveau mondial selon l’Indice sur l’Etat de Droit du World Justice Project (2020) (Le360afrique.com, 2020). Basé sur des données primaires, cet indice mesure le rendement de chaque pays sur l’Etat de droit à travers huit facteurs : contraintes aux pouvoirs du gouvernement, absence de corruption, gouvernement ouvert, droits fondamentaux, ordre et sécurité, application des règlements, justice civile et justice pénale (Agence Ecofin, 2018). 
 
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AD453: Mauritians’ assessment of election quality took a hit in 2019

In November 2019, Mauritians conducted their 11th general election since independence in 1968, handing the ruling Militant Socialist Movement a clear victory and Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth a five-year term. In the Economist Intelligence Unit (2019) Democracy Index that followed in early 2020, Mauritius ranked as a “full democracy,” 18th worldwide and No. 1 in Africa.

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AD451: Les Sénégalais souhaitent un accès sans restriction aux réseaux sociaux, mais déplorent les fausses informations et les discours de haine

Pour les défenseurs de la démocratie, la presse est l’institution non gouvernementale la plus indispensable et la plus redoutable (Girard, 2019). Selon eux l’accès à l’information est primordial pour permettre aux citoyens de s’informer sur l’actualité économique, politique et sociale afin de demander des comptes aux dirigeants élus.

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