Democracy, Good Governance and Development in Africa
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Democracy, Good Governance and Development in Africa


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Questions surrounding democracy, governance, and development especially in the view of Africa have provoked acrimonious debates in the past few years. It remains a perennial question why some decades after political independence in Africa the continent continues experiencing bad governance, lagging behind socioeconomically, and its democracy questionable. We admit that a plethora of theories and reasons, including iniquitous and malicious ones, have been conjured in an attempt to explain and answer the questions as to why Africa seems to be lagging behind other continents in issues pertaining to good governance, democracy and socio-economic development. Yet, none of the theories and reasons proffered so far seems to have provided enduring solutions to Africa’s diverse complex problems and predicaments. This book dissects and critically examines the matrix of Africa’s multifaceted problems on governance, democracy and development in an attempt to proffer enduring solutions to the continent’s long-standing political and socio-economic dilemmas and setbacks.



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EDITEDBY Munyaradzi Mawere & Tendai R. Mwanaka
Democracy, Good Governance and Development in Africa Edited by Munyaradzi Mawere & Tendai R. Mwanaka L a ng a a R esea rch & P u blishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher: LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective ISBN: 9956-763-00-4 ©Munyaradzi Mawere & Tendai R. Mwanaka 2015All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying and recording, or be stored in any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher
List of Contributors
Munyaradzi Mawere holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Dr Mawere also holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and B. A. (Hons) Degree in Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe. He is currently Professor in the Department of Culture and Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University. Before joining this university, Dr Mawere was a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and at Universidade Pedagogica, Mozambique, where he has also worked in different capacities as a Senior lecturer, Assistant Research Director, Postgraduate Coordinator and Associate Professor. He has an outstanding publishing record of more than one hundred pieces of work which include more than twenty books and over eighty book chapters and papers in scholarly journals. His research interests include, but not limited to, development and knowledge studies, political anthropology, science and technology studies, environmental issues, African studies, coloniality, decoloniality, post-coloniality, African political systems, culture and heritage studies. Tendai R. Mwanakaisa multidisciplinary and collaborative artist and writer who live in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. His contracted books coming out in 2015 include,Zimbabwe: The Urgency of Now (creative nonfiction and essays), Finding a Way Home (stories novel), Revolution (poems), A Dark Energy (novel), Development, Governance, and Democracy: A Search for Sustainable Democracy and Development in Africa (scholarly essays, co-editor), Best New African Poets 2015 Anthology (poetry, co-editor). Other books published include,Keys in the River (stories novel), Voices from Exile (poetry), Zimbabwe: The blame game (creative nonfiction and essays). He is also a visual artist (photography, painting, drawing, collage, video…), sound/musical artist, mentor, translator, scholar/theorist/thinker, reviewer, editor, critic...; over 400 pieces of various works have been published in over 300 journals in over 27 countries, translated into French, Germany and Spanish.
Patrick Uchenna Nwosuis a lecturer in African and Comparative Religion, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. A Roman Catholic priest, he holds a Ph.D. degree in Comparative Religious Studies from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria (2010) and a Master’s in Christian Studies from the same University (2006) specializing in Inter-religious Dialogue. He also has the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), University of Ado-Ekiti (2009) now Ekiti State University, Ekiti; Bachelors of Theology and Philosophy from Urban University Rome (2000 & 1994). His primary areas of research are interdisciplinary approaches to the religions of the World, African Cultures and Ancestral Societies in Africa with focus on Okonko and Ogboni Societies in Igbo and Yorubalands. He is the author of “Introducing the Study of Comparative Religion” and “Theory and Practice of Secrecy: Focus on Okonko and Ogboni Societies in Africa”, both published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, 2012. Artwell Nhemachena holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is currently a leacturer at the University of Namibia. His research interests include culture, indigenous knowledge and development, political anthropology, peace and conflict, democracy, civil society, postcolonial transformation, African jurisprudence, environmental issues and African studies, science and technology studies. Alex Magaisais a law lecturer at Kent Law School, the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. He has previously taught at the University of Nottingham, also in the UK. He holds an LLBs (Hons) degree from the University of Zimbabwe and an LLM and PhD degrees from the University of Warwick in the UK. His teaching and research interests are in the area of Public Law and has written widely on constitutional law in Zimbabwe. Between 2011 and 2013, he was retained as a technical adviser to Copac, the Parliamentary Committee that spear-headed the constitution-writing exercise in Zimbabwe, leading to the adoption of the new Constitution in March 2013. He was also retained by the Office of the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, where he was an adviser to Mr Tsvangirai. Dr Magaisa is a regular writer and commentator on legal
and political issues in Zimbabwe, using his experience from the fields of both academia and politics. His work can be viewed at Richard Asanteis a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. He holds a doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana under the Harvard University, USA/University of Ghana Split-PhD Programme. Dr. Asante is also the Head and Research Coordinator of the History and Politics Unit of the Institute of African Studies, responsible for initiating and coordinating teaching and research projects in the unit in particular and the Institute in general. His research interests span the political economy of African development, democratisation, and human security. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in African politics and development, he has published on democracy and public sector governance, human security and decentralisation. Dr. Asante is currently the Regional Manager of Anglo West Africa of the Varieties of Democracy (V-DEM), a research Project designed to provide an alternative measurement of democracy, hosted at the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Ngonidzashe Marongweis a lecturer in the History and Development Studies Department at the Great Zimbabwe University located in Masvingo City, Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in African History from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. He is a past Andrew Mellon Foundation Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research, UWC (2009–2010 & 2012); and a SEPHIS fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, India (2011). Gertjan van Stam was born in the Netherlands. For 10 years, he and his family have lived in the rural village of Macha, in the Southern Province of Zambia. Before that he stayed for 2 years in rural Murambinda, Zimbabwe. He has been involved with strategic developments in ICT, in Africa, since 1987, culminating in an MTech (cum laude) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University,
South Africa. Currently he is Foreign Research Fellow at the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe and PhD student at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He lives with his family in Masvingo and Harare, Zimbabwe. His goal is to identify and inspire local talent and introduce appropriate technologies to build the necessary capacity for community-led activities to yield sustainable human development outcomes. His quest is for a logical framework for understanding dynamics of change in African communities and engendering leadership capable of inspiring, initiating, implementing, operating, and scaling up sustainable progress and the use of technology in the local community. Since 2011, Gertjan has volunteered in strategy-making at the IEEE, the largest professional institute in the world. He is part of IEEEs Ad Hoc Committee for Humanitarian Activities, working on Social Innovation, especially in ‘thought leadership and advocacy.’ His activities in Zambia were featured in IEEE. The Institute, and his career were documented in an award-winning IEEE video at Try Engineering. The activities in Zambia were documented worldwide though BBC Clicks. Gertjan authored the book Placemark, fervent blogger, and has published extensively on findings and lessons learned in rural Africa. Annastacia M. Mawereis a graduate teacher at Nyamandi High School in Zimbabwe. She holds a B. A. (Hons) degree from Great Zimbabwe and a post-graduate diploma in education (PGDE). She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. Her research interests include but not limited to community development, governance, women studies, knowledge studies, ethics, culture, African traditional religions, and African traditional institutions.Akiti Glory Alamu holds a PhD in the studies of religions. He is currently with the Department of Religions at the University of Ilorin in Ilorin in Nigeria. His research interests are, but not limited to, sacred places, indigenous communities’ traditional practices, African traditional religions, and conservation.
Misheck P. Chingozhaholds BMgt (HR), MBA, MSc. in Peace Leadership and Conflict Resolution from the Zimbabwe Open University, an MSc. in Development Studies from the Women’s University in Africa (WUA). Mr Chingozha is also a holder of a Diploma in Adult Education from the University of Zimbabwe, Diploma in Business Studies (FBS), a National Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering, Certificate in Electrical Engineering (HEXCO), Certificate in Accountancy (ZAAT), and Skilled Worker Class One (manpower). Chingozha is also an incumbent part-time Lecturer in the Faculties of Commerce and Law, and Applied Social Sciences at the Zimbabwe Open University. Besides, Chingozha is an incumbent Senior Officer at the Rank of Chief Superintendent in the Police Force, and is currently based in Mutare urban. Chingozha has written and published a Shona novel and co-authored 4 modules for the Zimbabwe Open University. His research interests lie in the areas of development, policing, gender, leadership, indigenous knowledge systems, and environmentally related issues. Lemuel E. Odehis a graduate of the Lagos State University Ojo-Lagos in B.A. History and International Studies, an International Relations and Strategic Studies and a Ph.D. in History from the Benue State University Makurdi. His area of research is Diplomatic History & International Economic Relations. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of History & International Studies, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Dr Odeh has published extensively in the areas of economic history and international relations. Tinashe Mawereis a PhD Researcher in Gender Studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. He is also a Mellon Foundation Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research at the UWC, South Africa. Peter Ateh-Afac Fossungucurrently an independent is researcher andbush-fallingin the ‘Forest University’ in Quebec, Canada, Peter Ateh-Afac Fossungu is ‘officially’ bilingual (English & French); having (1) assisted in teaching Comparative Politics at the University of Windsor (2013-2014) and (2) taught Law in
Cameroonian universities for a number of years, between1989 and 1995. He holds a host of university degrees, including the following from Canadian academic institutions: a Master of Arts in Political Science (University of Windsor, 2014),Docteur en Droit(Université de Montréal, 2000), Master of Laws (Air & Space) from McGill University (1997), and Master of Laws (University of Alberta, 1992). From Université de Yaoundé he obtainedDiplôme d’Études Approfondies(1989), Maîtrise en Droit(1988), &Licence en Droit(1987). He has published extensively on various aspects of society in Africa and North America. Tapuwa Raymond Mubayais a Lecturer and a PhD candidate at Great Zimbabwe University, Faculty of Culture and Heritage Studies. Before joining Great Zimbabwe University, Mr. Mubaya worked for National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) for eight years as the Curator of Archaeology and Head of the Great Zimbabwe Monument Conservation Centre. Currently he is heading the Department of Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University. Mr Mubaya holds a Master of Arts Degree in Heritage Studies from the University of Zimbabwe. He is also a member of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) and the Zimbabwe Association of Professional Archaeologists and related Disciplines (ZAPAD. His current research interests are focussed on heritage management and conservation, cultural tourism and museums. Mubaya has written and published fourteen articles in internationally esteemed scholarly journals and is the co-editor of the book:African Cultures, Memory and Space: Living the Past Presence in Zimbabwean Heritage. Pedro Celso Jovo studied International Relations and Diplomacy at Instituto Superior de Relacaoes (ISRE). His research interests include domestic violence, local governance, coloniality, decoloniality, and Africa-EuroAmerican relations. Jovo is a multi-talented academic who doubles with filming and acting. Joshua Chikozho is a holder of a Master’s Degree in Heritage Studies from the University of Zimbabwe. He is the current Curator for the BaTonga Community Museum. His research interests
include but not limited to community museum, intangible heritage and heritage management.