The MPLA is trying to carve a puppet UNITA but this doesn't tackle the issue of Savimbi's troops
In one month, the government has transformed the Angolan political situation. Its intrigues became visible on 31 August, when it suspended ministers and parliamentarians belonging to the União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola. It is seeking to isolate Jonas Savimbi
and his movement’s military wing (AC Vol 39 Nos 10 & 16) and to forge a new, malleable UNITA in the capital under the leadership of Hotels and Tourism Minister Jorge Valentim. The ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola may hope that if it can wipe out Savimbi’s military capabilities, Valentim’s UNITA Renovada (Renewed) will become just another toothless opposition party.
As UNITA responds to the MPLA's 'final push', diamonds will be crucial
Jonas Savimbi’s União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola is sometimes reported to have recently recaptured most of the diamond-mining areas from which it had been ousted...
A row over a prawn farm and arms supply contract tests government accountability
Pressure is mounting on President Benjamin Mkapa to reconsider cabinet approval for a 10,000-hectare prawn farm in East Africa’s biggest expanse of mangrove forest. Most controvers...