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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 Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. Normally, President Robert Mugabe is reluctant to appear to be the author of major decisions, preferring them to look like the inevitable consequence of the law or of ZANU-PF's internal processes. It was thus that ex-Vice-President Joice Mujuru was removed in 2014, for example.


The state of Jacob Zuma's presidency

Jacob Zuma. Pic: Pool/ABACA ABACA/PA Images

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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Leader's demise imperils deal

Tshisekedi's death has given Kabila new opportunities to stall political agreement while violence worsens in the east

The death in Brussels on 1 February of the historic, charismatic opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 84 is a stark blow to the C...


The untouchable funds

Frauds uncovered in state pension and other public savings schemes are set to escape President Magufuli's anti-corruption blitz

It is looking increasingly likely that President John Magufuli's anti-corruption campaign will steer clear of investigating the abuse of state pension funds, including the National...


Professional fouls

Ali Ben Bongo tried to make a festival of the Cup of Nations. But many were still angry about last August's disputed election

Opponents of President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba hesitated over whether to use the Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON), the continent's football jamboree held every two years, to kick off fr...


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...


MPs reject foreigners' choice

Angered by corruption and continuing insecurity, MPs picked the maverick Farmajo. But the regime still depends on outside help

Colonel Gebre's face was a study in distress. Ethiopia's ubiquitous pro-consul, who has never concealed his sense of entitlement to decide Somalia's future, was crestfallen as the ...


Taylor tries to sway vote

Candidates rush to fill the vacuum soon to be left by Johnson-Sirleaf. Even Charles Taylor is making his views felt from prison

A scramble to replace Africa's first elected female president, Nobel Prize winner Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, at elections in October has led to strange alliances and the intervention o...


Poaching and gamekeeping

An increasingly public rift has opened between Forum for Democratic Change leader Kizza Besigye and the celebrated journalist Andrew Mujuni Mwenda. Mwenda been accusing Besigye of ...


Don't read the fine print

Morocco's re-admission to the African Union leaves unresolved a major contradiction between the Kingdom's constitution and that of the AU, to which Morocco is now a signatory since...


Access all assets

The arrest of Abdiaziz Hassan Giyaajo Amalo, a trusted advisor of outgoing President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, will be of interest to the government of United States President Donald ...


Kith, kin and cosh

Army reshuffles ensure ruling family dominance and install tough officers to deal with regional unrest


The endless election

Bombs, bribery, and dirty deals have delayed the selection of the president. The electoral process has lost credibility


The scramble for the chair

Low intrigues and high politics will decide the choice of the African Union’s next leader. All bets are off as new favourites emerge


Front lines in flux

The UN-backed unity government is disintegrating while rival armed blocs in the east and west gear up for a battle for Tripoli