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A tale of two ANCs

The ruling party at war with itself searches for answers to a looming recession, spiralling unemployment and failing parastatals

Two wings of the African National Congress – the constitutional and the rent-seeking – are engulfed in a civil war which could turn the country's economy into a pariah shunned by a...


Chaos helps Mutharika

Malawi's defeated oppositionists are taking different attitudes to May's disputed presidential polls, and that appears to be playing into newly re-elected President Peter Mutharika...


Austerity first

The Finance Minister’s IMF-backed reforms will impose harsher cuts while aiming to end subsidies for elite farmers

Agricultural subsidy reforms that reach to the heart of Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front's (ZANU-PF) patronage structure – which underpins the regime &...

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Readying for protest

Mnangagwa tightens the noose on civil activists to distract attention from the faltering economy

The arrest of five civic activists on 20 May typifies the crackdown President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is implementing. Aware of the penury into which most citizens are forc...


Mutharika’s narrow win

The final result had to be decided in court, so narrow was the victory margin and so mired in accusations of rigging

After a bitter, though largely policy-free, campaign in which the main candidates jockeyed for ethnically advantageous alliances while flinging accusations at each other, the High ...


Little cash, no credit

The liquidity crisis continues while the exchequer has a different kind of problem with liquids to deal with

The government's chronic shortage of cash has resulted not only in late payment of salaries for public servants, but also in a four-week default on a large loan repayment for new e...


The Ramaphosa relaunch

The President has the mandate to purge corruption from the ANC but his foes in the party will complicate reform efforts

President Cyril Ramaphosa's mandate at the polls, amid waning support for the ruling African National Congress and rapidly growing support for the populist Economic Freedom Fighter...


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