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Published 12th May 2006

Vol 47 No 10


The Spill Blood succession

After Mugabe, the country may be run by a female president and a retired soldiers' club

With the nom de guerre Teurai Ropa ('Spill Blood'), Vice-President Comrade Joyce Mujuru Chimurenga (née Runaida Mugari) has been consecrated as front-line successor to President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, blessed by himself, senior military officers and her husband, former army commander Solomon Mujuru. As Mugabe's girlfriend during the liberation war, Mujuru evidently still holds a place in his heart. A year after her appointment, she is more comfortable in the vice-presidential office and gives orders more stridently. She says things will change when she is in power, promising economic reforms, more private enterprise and competition. She and her husband own vast tracts of land and have big investments in mining.

Brass at the top

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Soldiers and ex-soldiers hold top jobs in agriculture, industry, government and the diplomatic corps. Now they are trying to run the economy, with orders to turn Zimbabwe's fortune...

It's the government, stupid

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If it doesn't trigger the dispatch of a protection force, the Darfur accord will have failed

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Who makes the shirts?

China's booming exports cause political problems for Mbeki's ruling alliance

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The new two

Top ministers fall from grace and the new ones may lack the weight to stop the rot

Two new ministers are the main beneficiaries of the government corruption saga (AC Vol 47 Nos 6 & 8). Amos Kimunya was promoted from Lands to Finance, Martha Karua from the backwat...

JZ is innocent, so far

After his acquittal on rape charges, Zuma is back in the running

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Who's in charge here?

A sick president, a one-day government, a broken economy. What next?

Nobody seems to be in charge of Guinea. The authority of the state and the economy of the world's second largest bauxite producer (after Australia) have steadily dwindled since Pre...


There goes the party

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Bakili's bullets

The arrest on treason charges of Vice-President Cassim Chilumpha and two of his close associates - Yusuf Matumula, ex-Trustee of the Bakili Bullets football team, and United Democr...

Filling the lanterns

The auction for new acreage in Angola's rich offshore oilfields, which began in Luanda on 9 May, will increase China's stake in Angola's oil and gas industry. China already takes 1...