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Losing control in Kasaï

Kabila benefits from a refugee crisis as politicians use militias against each other. But the President could be burned too

This was never a strife-torn region. The Kasaï provinces had long escaped the fate of less fortunate parts of Congo-Kinshasa but in the past year, violence has grown sharply. A lar...


Casino Jack plays his hand

A disgraced agent's attempt to profit from introducing Sassou to Trump came to nothing but US lobbyists are raking it in

Known as 'Casino Jack' for his work on behalf of Native Americans setting up casinos, and with a Kevin Spacey movie charting his spectacular rise and fall, Jack Abramoff served nea...


IMF to rescue of CFA

The International Monetary Fund's US$642 million bail-out of Gabon has sparked a flurry of emergency loans to countries in the Communauté économique et monétaire de l'Afrique centr...


Action plan to crack the Inga enigma

Congolese officials have asked Chinese and Spanish consortia to join forces to realise the dream of a colossal hydro project at Inga

Some see the call by the Congo-Kinshasa's government for a joint Sino-Spanish plan to develop the much-delayed Inga hydropower project as a political trick to keep both China and t...


The Anglophone spring

Discrimination against English-speakers is rooted in a risky regime complacency about their grievances

Headed by an Anglophone former Prime Minister, Peter Mafany Musonge, the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, which President Paul Biya order...


Kabila thriving on chaos

The President is manipulating opposition politicians while giving the impression of proceeding towards elections

True to his recent form, President Joseph Kabila has chosen to appoint a long-time former oppositionist as Prime Minister. It is part of his continuing efforts to stay in power and...


Militias change gear as violence surges

Peacekeepers, aid workers and refugees are all at greater threat as the ethnic dimension increases in importance

Aid workers in the north of Central African Republic were in the process of withdrawing their personnel from increasing danger when anti-Balaka guerrillas struck far to the south a...


What Bongo owes

The International Monetary Fund has confirmed the dire state of the Gabonese economy in its Regional Economic Outlook report for sub-Saharan Africa, released on 9 May. Far worse th...


Bongo's fund embrace

Oil can no longer cover up the cracks in the economy. The IMF is being urged to demand an end to the elite's profligacy

Extravagant spending, collapsing oil revenue and a ruling elite that views state funds as its own property have pushed President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba's government into the arms of...


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