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Vol 40 No 22

Published 5th November 1999


Rhodies to the rescue

Some of Ian Smith's old friends are helping to finance Robert Mugabe's Congo war effort

Zimbabwe's war in the Congo gets costlier by the day. As the bill rises, the failure of President Robert Mugabe's government to budget accurately for its intervention has caused a new rift with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Domestic opposition is growing, too, as Morgan Tsvangirai's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (AC Vol 40 No 18) asks awkward questions about the Zimbabwe Defence Force's contracts and the 'growing militarisation of the economy'.

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