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Whose judge is it anyway?

A battle royal is in progress over selecting the new Chief Justice; he or she could end up deciding who becomes the next president

The Chief Justice of Zimbabwe, Godfrey Chidyausiku, reaches the compulsory retirement age of 70 during February, which has set the cat among the factional pigeons of the ruling Zim...


The state of Jacob Zuma's presidency

Relentless attacks on the President's character are weakening the economy and undermining his influence on the succession

With ten more months as leader of the African National Congress (ANC), President Jacob Zuma tried to shore up his government with a flurry of populist policies – long on rhetoric a...

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ZANU-PF digs for votes

Fuel trader Trafigura is boosting the ruling party by lending at an inordinate rate to a flagship agricultural programme

The commodity giant Trafigura is providing major financial support to a government programme called Command Agriculture in what is widely seen as a major boost to the Zimbabwe Afri...


Naval deal under spotlight

Luanda's latest lavish defence contract has eerie echoes of Mozambique's controversial naval procurement

Angola is planning a major expansion of its navy with the help of Privinvest Group, the company which supplied fishing vessels and high-technology military patrol boats to Mozambiq...


Artfully dodging debt

A growing faction in the governing Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo) favours repudiating its US$2 billion in questionable secret loans. It wants those responsible for th...


Squeezing the banks

The government has decided to mobilise domestic savings and deposits to plug the gap in public finances under the routine-sounding name of the State's Annual Debt Plan. The measure...


Hery's hard line

The three-cornered fight between the president and his predecessors looks set to continue, and with it yet more instability and conflict

Just when Malagasy politics appeared to be edging towards a more consensual mood, with the last-minute passage of the 2017 budget and a distinctly upbeat December donors' meeting i...


Power struggle goes nuclear

The ANC's bitter internal battles threaten to slow government business to a crawl 

On South Africa's Reconciliation Day on 16 December, President Jacob Zuma's speech in the North-West Province was brought to a halt when strong wind and heavy rain blew away the ma...


Frelimo's quagmire

The people who trapped the country in secret debts are still in charge and likely to remain, but investment is falling

President Filipe Nyusi is weak and not in effective control of either the country or the governing party, the Frente de Libertação de Moçambique. Political instability will be exac...


Mugabe's waiting room

Vice-President Mnangagwa looks increasingly set to take over the reins despite the First Lady's strong opposition

The country's restless public has failed to dislodge its nonagenarian leader, Robert Mugabe, who has ruled since 1980. If predictions of his demise have been as premature as they h...


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