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Published 22nd October 1999

Vol 40 No 21


Tanzania

After Mwalimu

When Tanzanians stop mourning their Pan-African hero, they will have to work hard to keep the peace he left them

Saddened by the death of their founding President, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, in London on 14 October, Tanzanians face a difficult run-up to the elections due next year without his steadying influence on the political stage. With Nyerere's death too will come far more strident calls to redefine Zanzibar's relationship with the mainland (AC Vol 40 Nos 10 & 11), which Mwalimu had said, perhaps prophetically, would happen only over his 'dead body'. President Benjamin Mkapa already looks more vulnerable in his bid for the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi's endorsement of him as its flagbearer for another five-year term. Certainly, it was Nyerere's backing that clinched the CCM nomination for Mkapa in 1995 and then helped him fight off opposition challengers such as Augustine Mrema. Nyerere squashed the populist Mrema's campaign by following him around the country and making better speeches to the wananchi.


Losing a peacemaker

The mediator died just when his services were most needed

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Cleaning up oil

At last people are taking Obasabjo's crackdown on oil crooks seriously

Recent high-level visitors to Abuja have left apparently convinced that President Olusegun Obasanjo is reversing 20 years of corruption and mismanagement in Nigeria's oil industry,...


All his own work

After a false start President Festus Mogae has passed his first electoral test

President Festus Mogae has gained the clear mandate he sought to govern in his own right. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party won its eighth successive victory at the general elec...


Bailing in

Under Western pressure, the IMF and the World Bank are going to help Luanda

Western governments, and Washington in particular, have been pressing the International Monetary Fund to be kind to Angola. They have lined up with the Luanda government's argument...


Diamond deal

As luck would have it, investment incentives and job creation measures by Botswana's new government could be paid for out of extra revenues from the recent recovery in the world di...


Ultra-deep dodo

It now seems clear that the almost unknown Swiss-based ProDev, which managed to get a foothold in Elf-Aquitaine's highly prospective ultra-deepwater oil block 32, was hoping to use...


Battle of Bailundo

The loss of UNITA's headquarters means more politically than militarily

After months of struggle, Angolan government forces have finally driven the rebels out of their headquarters in the Central Highland town of Bailundo, threatening a central symbol ...



Pointers

Saudi white knight

A three-headed battle for control of Ghana's flagship Ashanti Goldfields Corporation began after its board declared on 28 September that it couldn't meet potential liabilities of U...


Au secours!

Commerce Minister Khalifa Sall amazed British business audiences in Belfast, Glasgow and London by saying he wanted Senegal to be 'saved' from the influence of Paris. More conventi...