Ep13. A conversation with Constantine Manda about increasing authoritarianism in Tanzania

Bracelets for supporters of Tanzania’s long-ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, or CCM. (Bukulu Steven/Wikimedia)

In this week’s podcast, we speak with Constantine Manda (@msisiri), a doctoral student in political science at Yale University who hails from Tanzania. We talk about recent events in Tanzania, including the firing of Tanzania’s information minister and the arrest of rapper Nay wa Mitego, and how these events signal growing authoritarianism in the country since the election of President John Magufuli. Constantine also shares a few book recommendations, including an endorsement of Dan Magaziner’s The Art of Life in South Africa, featured in an earlier episode.

In this week’s episode, we play the song “Cash Madame” by Tanzanian artist Vanessa Mdee. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud, and Instagram. Check out the video for “Cash Madame” right here:


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