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Hungry for change

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Opposition activists are determined to hold the government to account for a crisis that will see half the country in need of food aid next year

With 8.5 million people facing serious food shortages next year, the discovery that some senior state officials are profiteering by importing 17,000 tonnes of grain at double the world market price is the latest blow to the diminishing credibility of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government.

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Ramaphosa writes off coal

The President hopes that his bold plan to replace coal with renewables will rescue the ailing power utility and reboot the economy

Three key developments this month will shape South Africa's economic standing – Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's budget statement, Moody's credit rating report and the appoint...


The elite’s big election fight

As the former president turns on his successor, the country’s political pluralism will be tested to the limit

After 53 years in power, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is facing its toughest challenge in national elections on 23 October with former President Ian Khama and his brother sw...


How to pay for Salva's jet

A bloated budget giving largesse to the military and politicians but austerity for the rest threatens an already fragile peace


Into the unknown

Polar opposites face each other in the presidential run-off. All they have in common is their disdain for the political establishment


All the general’s hotels

Corruption allegations by an insider have stoked public anger, spilling onto the streets, prompting an immediate crackdown


Washington’s man wades in

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The military stalemate has persuaded US officials to join pressure for negotiations to reunify the country


Breaking the democratic line

As he blurs state finances with private business, President Talon is shredding his country’s reputation for political reform


Bridge of sighs

Historic handshake: Uhuru Kenyatta (L) shakes hands with Raila Odinga in Nairobi on 9 March 2018. Pic: Seth Emmanuel/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images
Historic handshake: Uhuru Kenyatta (L) shakes hands with Raila Odinga in Nairobi on 9 March 2018. Pic: Seth Emmanuel/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

A bid to build alliances across the country’s ethnic divides owes more to political ambition than to altruism

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Rushing to the ballot box

Abiy is gambling that he can win an election with a unified coalition, but the campaign could provoke more factionalism


The talking cure

The President wants a ‘national dialogue’ about the political and security crises but only on his terms