ANALYSIS: A small victory, but Zambians still fear for democracy

Treason charges against opposition leader have been dropped ‘to save prosecutors being made to look more ridiculous than a grandfather in a pink miniskirt’

Is Zimbabwe's history repeating itself?

While evidence has emerged that Robert Mugabe’s government is printing an oversupply of money, the central bank says exports will save the day. The IMF ...

IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS: Odinga’s last defeat

Kenya’s election results have been decried by the main opposition coalition as fraudulent, but election observers have not detected manipulation, and have ...

Bad Khama

Ian Khama’s administration is accused of eroding good governance and democracy, as Botswana’s economy starts to lose its lustre

NEWS ANALYSIS: Why Kenya's 2007 election violence is stoking tension today

The fight between old foes for the presidency is heated, and there are fears that tensions may spill over into violence

Joseph Kabila’s grip on the DRC

Despite a good start, the DRC president is seen as aloof and alienated from his people, and the country is characterised by escalating repression, instability ...

How Zambia's Edgar Lungu justifies increasingly authoritarian moves

If the Zambian president’s expressed intention to declare a state of emergency is carried out, it will consolidate his power, critics warn, as fears mount that ...

Zambia's sho't left to dictatorship

The Zambian president has declared a state of emergency. He held a press conference to explain his actions — but his answers seem to raise more questions. In ...

Angola’s ghost railway

It was meant to be a game changer for the region, an artery for exporting minerals from the DRC through Lobito, the closest port to Europe and Asia. But ...

The game is bonds: Zim bonds

The prospect of inflation in Zimbabwe has increased, even though the country’s central bank has resisted the temptation to print money recklessly

Is Zambia on a slippery slope towards a dictatorship?

A crackdown on opposing voices — in the media and from political parties — has Zambian civil society lamenting the country’s slide towards dictatorship

Investors looking for bargains should look at Zimbabwe’s bull run

Zimbabwe’s stock exchange may be experiencing the beginning of a bull run. But in an environment of cash shortages, holders of stock don’t want to sell

South Sudan on the brink of genocide

South Sudan’s conflict is threatening to devolve into genocide. And, with 2,000 refugees crossing into Uganda every day, that country is also in desperate need ...

Fresh opportunity in Nigeria

Nigeria’s economy is expected to recover from the 2016 recession, but a meaningful improvement in the lives of its citizens will depend on drastic action by a ...

It’s official: cash is on sale in Zimbabwe

Holders of $100 and $50 notes can sell them at a premium in Zimbabwe, underscoring a huge currency shortage despite bond notes being brought into circulation ...

Nigeria’s power problems

The failure of the government to raise tariffs has caused a debt crisis among Nigeria’s private generators and distributors of electricity