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No-fly zone for legal eagles

The presidency is working to remove police and prosecutors who refuse to suspend actions against highly influential people

The decline in independence of South Africa's top criminal justice institutions is accelerating as President Jacob Zuma redoubles his efforts to immunise himself and his entourage from prosecution over corruption. That is the verdict of a growing number of legal experts as more and more senior police officers and prosecutors are removed. Corrupt business links with the governing African National Congress and the Presidency are mounting, so the pressures on prosecutors and investigators to be soft on them multiply. State officials are increasingly facing administrative suspension if they do not comply.

ZIMBABWE

The mighty fall

ZANU-PF’s purge of the Mujuru faction is far from complete and the succession no clearer as Mugabe turns 91

Having removed Joice Mujuru from the leadership of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, the party seems unable to decide what to do next. Mujuru enjoyed strong popu...

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NIGERIA

Democracy delayed

Even a six-week postponement of the elections looks unlikely to slow the momentum of opposition presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari

Such is the febrile mood in national politics that President Goodluck Jonathan felt compelled to tell delegations from the European Union and the Economic Community of West African...

NIGERIA

Policing the vote

There is another way to influence election results, without tampering with the actual vote: to encourage or discourage turnout by using the security organisations. Opposition parti...

BURUNDI

Massacres in the mist

As June's presidential election approaches, the political atmosphere is deteriorating and political violence is on the increase

President Pierre Nkurunziza has yet to declare whether he will stand for another term in the 26 June presidential election. Increasing signs that he will stand include the growing ...

SOMALIA

Old faces, old problems

The horse-trading which led to a new government leaves many hostages to fortune. We detail the bargaining that led to the latest cabinet

On 9 February, after weeks of bickering among politicians, Somalis were given a new government. In some respects, it's not very different from the old one; some ministers from the ...

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC | CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE

The friendless mediator

An angry UN has asked Sassou to end the peace talks in Nairobi but has few better ideas about achieving reconciliation

It's been a bad year for Congo-Brazzaville President Denis Sassou-Nguesso. He is official mediator in the Central African Republic conflict for the Communauté économi...

SOUTH AFRICA

A rowdy state of the nation

President Zuma's vision of the road ahead failed to ignite passion. Only the chaos that descended on Parliament stood out

Despite fist fights and forcible expulsions from the chamber of the National Assembly, African National Congress officials insisted President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Addre...

BURKINA FASO

Between street and barracks

The country prepares for a democratic dawn at the October elections but stubborn soldiers want their privileges guaranteed

The mass movement that toppled President Blaise Compaoré last October is at increasing odds with the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle (RSP, AC...

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Obiang’s own goal fest

Hosting the Africa Cup of Nations won some prestige for the regime but could not paper over the cracks

From the glass-fronted VIP section of the main stand, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo had a perfect view as crowd violence in the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo spiralled out of c...

CAPITAL FLIGHT

Out of Africa, taxes

A leak of secret documents from Luxembourg reveals corporations avoiding paying tax, which can also mean less revenue for African treasuries

Confidential documents from PricewaterhouseCoopers leaked late last year revealed how about 350 companies around the world negotiated advantageous tax deals with the Luxembourg au...

CONGO-KINSHASA

Poll date set

The Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI, the electoral commission) has named 27 November as the date for the next parliamentary and presidential electi...

ETHIOPIA

Air turns blue

The opposition Semayawi ('Blue') Party has fiercely attacked the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia for disallowing 24 of its South Omo candidates from standing in the 24 May gen...

NIGERIA

Lots of gunboats, little diplomacy

High political tensions and a flood of weaponry into the Niger Delta presage trouble in this month’s elections

KENYA

What the prosecutor saw

The ICC has now published its brief for the abandoned case against Kenyatta. It reveals a brutal and cynical conspiracy

ANGOLA

Oil fuels Luanda panic

The crash in the price of crude oil may not have worked through the economy yet but it has already trashed all spending plans

TUNISIA

Doubts over banks sell-off

Privatisation looms for the state’s big stake in banking but the public could end up paying the debts of ex-President Ben Ali’s cronies

KENYA | INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

ICC murder mystery

Much confusion surrounds the abduction and apparent murder of a witness in the ICC trial of William Ruto and Joshua Sang

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Sub-Saharan Africa's economic performance chart

ECONOMY | AFRICA

A year of decisions after a decade of growth

As China slows down and the US dollar strengthens, will African governments try to diversify and industrialise their economies?

SOUTH SUDAN

US security and Chinese capital

There’s a build-up of arms and fighters in the Upper Nile oil fields amid doubts about the latest ceasefire deal

ZAMBIA

Narrow win stretches nerves

The new President’s thin mandate leaves the internal faction-fighting little changed as he picks his cabinet

 

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