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Tagwirei's pipeline under threat

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Pic: covenenergy.com

President Mnangagwa is backing a new oil company against a fuel cartel run by the generals' favourite businessman

A company registered in the United Kingdom with strong South African links has signed an agreement that could give it dominance over Zimbabwe's more than US$1 billion fuel import market, according to sources familiar with the deal. If seen through, the arrangement would end the long-standing control of the fuel market by Kudakwashe Tagwirei, a businessman long close to major commodities trader Trafigura and under United States sanctions for alleged corruption since last year.


Apology but no reparations

Namibia Genocide Memorial, Windhoek. Pic: Zoonar GmbH / Alamy
Namibia Genocide Memorial, Windhoek. Pic: Zoonar GmbH / Alamy

Berlin's belated offer of compensation for colonial atrocities won’t end the matter and is proving politically divisive

Germany has finally acknowledged that its colonial forces committed genocide against the Ovaherero and Nama and agreed to pay compensation, but these communities of central-eastern...


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Ramaphosa puts Africa on the agenda and wins backing on vaccine distribution and production but doubts persist on funding 

Grand plans for trillions of dollars in green infrastructure fund and environmental protection could benefit African states if they coordinate bids

In painfully slow increments, South Africa, India together with the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO), backed by an army of campaign...

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Betting the farm on winning

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Pic: Ahmed / stock.adobe.com

As defaults continue and debts pile up, the President reckons his bonanza payment to farmers will win him re-election in August

Just before the start of the three-month election campaign on 12 May, the Patriotic Front (PF) government rushed through at least US$145 million of new loans to fund early procurem...

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More time for the truth

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Pic: GCIS (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Pic: GCIS (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Three years of testimony on a decade of political and corporate crime are to be followed by a wave of prosecutions

Few countries have had more thoroughgoing probes of their business and political classes but a bigger test is coming next. Can the governing African National Congress shut out the...


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UN figures showing catastrophic conditions and famine spreading amid Tigray conflict reinforce calls for concerted international action

Cyril Ramaphosa to attend discussions at G-7 summit on deepening regional crisis in the Horn despite an ominous silence from the African Union

The conclusions of internal UN documents that over 350,000 people in the Tigray region are starving amid 'catastrophic conditions' after seven months of fighting between federal fo...

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Muddled meddling by the UAE

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Pic: yuzu / stock.adobe.com

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and one of his top advisors are rethinking the United Arab Emirates' policy in the Horn

As Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government complains about United States 'interference' in the Tigray conflict, there are signs that Washington's stance has caused some go...


Motorbike killers strike again

Katumba Wamala addresses Ugandan AU troops, Barawe, Somalia, May 2015. Pic: Omar Abdisalam / Amisom
Katumba Wamala addresses Ugandan AU troops, Barawe, Somalia, May 2015. Pic: Omar Abdisalam / Amisom

The attempted killing of one of Museveni’s most valued officers and ministers focuses attention on his cabinet appointments

The 1 June attempt to assassinate Katumba Wamala in his car, which wounded him and claimed the lives of his daughter and his driver, is being seen in Kampala as a political act, ev...


Spain feels M6's fury

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Pic: Lukas / stock.adobe.com

Using migrants to pressurise Spain underlines the Saharan conflict's central position in Palace thinking

Rabat's 'encouragement' last month for a wave of migrants who, freed of Moroccan policing, promptly descended on the Spanish-ruled enclave of Ceuta, blew Saharan sands to a most se...


Nnamdi Kanu celebrates

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A government social media ban has handed secessionists a propaganda win and fired up other opponents of the President

'Backfire' doesn't quite cover the effects of the government's national ban on the Twitter micro-blogging site announced on 5 June, the day after the platform deleted a tweet from ...


Controversial delta drilling

ReconAfrica
ReconAfrica

Canada's Reconnaissance Energy Africa (ReconAfrica) is convinced it has hit paydirt in the Kavango basin of north-eastern Namibia/north-western Botswana, which extends under part o...


Fightback lands in the courts

Ace Magashule and Jacob Zuma. Pic: GovernmentZA (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Ace Magashule and Jacob Zuma. Pic: GovernmentZA (CC BY-ND 2.0)

President Ramaphosa will see off the legal challenges from Ace Magashule's camp but it will be messy and expensive


Picking up the pieces

Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, Harambee House, Nairobi, 9 March 2018. Pic: Thomas Mukoya / Reutesr / Alamy
Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, Harambee House, Nairobi, 9 March 2018. Pic: Thomas Mukoya / Reutesr / Alamy

The High Court’s rejection of the BBI process risks ripping apart a carefully constructed compromise


War crimes trial divides justice-seekers

A UN soldier stands guard at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Freetown, August 2007. Pic: Katrina Manson / Reuters / Alamy
A UN soldier stands guard at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Freetown, August 2007. Pic: Katrina Manson / Reuters / Alamy

A warlord granted immunity for giving key evidence against ex-President Charles Taylor is himself in the dock facing similar charges


Cracking down on the Hirak

Algerian anti-government protesters on the streets of Algiers, 26 March 2021. Pic by Louiza Ammi / Abaca Press / Alamy
Algerian anti-government protesters on the streets of Algiers, 26 March 2021. Pic by Louiza Ammi / Abaca Press / Alamy


Repression, guns and new laws

Emmerson Mnangagwa. Pic: Philimon Bulawayo / Reuters / Alamy
Emmerson Mnangagwa. Pic: Philimon Bulawayo / Reuters / Alamy

As economic chaos and corruption reign, President Mnangagwa crafts a wave of new laws to pre-empt dissent


Cracks in the ruling party

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Pic: Maksym Kapliuk / stock.adobe.com

The government flounders as condemnation of rights abuses grows along with the popularity of oppositionist Bobi Wine


The prosecutor isn't so special

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Pic: malajscy / stock.adobe.com

The new nominee to head anti-corruption investigations faces a grilling in parliament and an explosive case over a gold company


Chakwera loses his lustre

Lazarus Chakwera. Pic: /Eldson Chagara / Reuters / Alamy
Lazarus Chakwera. Pic: /Eldson Chagara / Reuters / Alamy

U-turns and misjudgements are damaging the President’s standing with the public as stresses in the ruling coalition mount


Oil-backed loans cast shadow

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President Déby's death has put the debt crisis negotiations on hold but Glencore faces pressure to make concessions


Don't call it a coup

Col Assimi Goïta and Bah N'Daw. September 2020. Pic: Amadou Keita / Reuters / Alamy
Col Assimi Goïta and Bah N'Daw. September 2020. Pic: Amadou Keita / Reuters / Alamy