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Published 17th December 2004

Vol 45 No 25


Zimbabwe

A heartbeat away

By suppressing dissent in his party, the President puts at risk its ethnic balance

The struggle for the succession to President Robert Mugabe gets sharper every day. His latest purge of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front puts his loyalists into the top jobs. Less obviously, it upsets the delicate ethnic balance by which Mugabe, from the smallish Zezuru group, has for more than 20 years seen off all challengers. He has put his ally Joyce Mujuru (aka 'Teurai Ropa' - Spill Blood) into what looks like the key position of first Vice-President, ready to take over if anything sudden happens to Mugabe.


Morgan's method

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change will benefit from the factional rivalries in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has tol...


Guebuza's day

Frelimo has won a huge but tarnished victory in this month's elections

The result was not quite what Mozambique's young, post-war generation would have hoped for. President-elect Armando Emilio Guebuza, poised to succeed Joaquim Chissano after the ele...


Man with a past

Armando Emilio Guebuza (61), from Nampula, was associated with the worst abuses of Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo). As Interior Minister during th...


Diamond diagnosis

Official diamond export earnings are set to reach as much as US$120 million for 2004 compared to just over $70 mn. in 2003. This is partly an effect of the Kimberley Process, which...


Now for the hard work

Having won clean elections, Kufuor's government has serious work to do

Ghanaians surprised themselves on 7 December, when 84 per cent of the electorate turned out to return John Agyekum Kufuor of the New Patriotic Party to the presidency for a second ...


Boom boom, China's coming

Production is soaring, prices are up and Luanda is finding new friends

With all the world betting on high oil prices, Angola's post-war economy is set to boom and to boost its soaring trade with China. The Finance Ministry credibly forecasts growth of...


The truth of the matter

Will President Kabbah act on a series of damning reports on human rights and corruption?

The government has yet to respond to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which released a first version of its final report in October. There is no doub...



Pointers

On edge

The fighting in North Kivu threatens both next year's promised elections and Congo's fragile peace. President Joseph Kabila's cheerleaders in Kinshasa blame Rwandan aggression for ...


A shining example

Congo's Christmas wish, a three-year US$84 million Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility, was granted by the International Monetary Fund on 6 December, after years of failed reform...


Don't sign anything

The United States wants to ensure that its citizens (and those of its ally, Israel) are not summonsed by the International Criminal Court (ICC), set up under the Rome Treaty to dea...


Correction

In our Namibia feature 'Sam's successor' (AC Vol 45 No 24) we described the United Democratic Front as a 'former DTA component'. The UDF had an alliance with the Democratic Turnhal...