After shopping for arms in Cairo and Christmas presents in London,
President Mugabe faces a harsh homecoming
Created in 1980 from two of Africa’s most effective guerrilla forces, Zimbabwe’s national army is struggling in Congo-Kinshasa. Zimbabwean troops have tried five times to retake the strategic
south-eastern town of Kabalo from local rebels and Ugandan troops. Each time, the better armed Zimbabwean forces repeated the same failed strategy; each time, they were repulsed.
Factionalism is alive and well in ZANU-PF ahead of its national conference in Gweru on 9-12 December. The internecine disputes played out in the provincial party elections of 28 N...
Security issues and Central Africa dominated a crowded Francophone summit
Congo confusion reigned as the 20th Franco-African Summit drew
to a close in Paris on 28 November. United Nations Secretary
General Kofi Annan spoke confidently of an immediate c...