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The Africa Report No.109

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The Africa Report is the international publication of reference dedicated to African affairs, anticipating economic and political changes in Africa and relied upon for the independent expertise in its surveys, sector reports and country focus in each issue.

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2 min.
reversal of fortunes

Irony may be the poet’s last resort in a geopolitical crisis, but it highlights some essential truths. So Nigeria’s Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka touched a nerve when he called on the Commonwealth to investigate British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament as he tries to take the country out of the European Union. Scottish appeal court judges in early September concurred with Soyinka’s view and ruled the suspension was done to stifle debate and therefore illegal. Now it will be argued out in the Supreme Court. This is far from an obscure legal argument. None other than the usually hyper-optimistic Akinwumi Adesina, president of the AfDB, warns that the economic instability caused by Brexit and the US’s trade war with China could force his economists to cut their 4% growth forecast…

2 min.

DARK NIGHTS INVADE ZIMBABWE AGAIN Zimbabwe is plunged into another post-Mugabe era of no electricity as the country failed again to pay for imports of electricity to Mozambique and South Africa. This unavailability of electricity is causing massive land degradations as people cut down trees in farms which were for white farmers. Schools, hospitals, shops and food outlets are all grounded to a halt as the solutions are not within the proximity of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The government should be responsible enough to manage the country effectively or otherwise President Mnangagwa should resign and let those capable take over. Tapiwa Muskwe, U.K. TURBULENCE AND PROTESTS Political turbulence in the form of street protests has become the common hallmark of incidents witnessed not only in Africa but in many other parts of the world [‘The…

1 min.
paradoxes and contradictions

The paradox in the accumulation of wealth by a few and the appropriation of poverty by the majority is one of the contradictions of market globalisation and the capitalist economy ['The Question’, TAR108 Jul-Sep 2019]. As a 2019 report by Oxfam warned, the "fortune of the world’s billionaires increased by $2.5bn per day, while 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity saw their wealth decline by 11%". Africa is no different from this reality. The rise of a few billionaires in Africa has not translated into faster economic growth.…

5 min.
robert gabriel mugabe 21/02/24 – 06/09/19

The closest I have to feeling anything is quiet, seething rage. Rage that this man who killed thousands and destroyed so many livelihoods has died without facing justice for his atrocities. He escaped justice in this life, I pray it is waiting for him in the next. Many say they are conflicted about Robert Mugabe – whom they call a pan-Africanist, father of the Zimbabwean nation and a hero turned villain. I personally do not suffer from this conflict. Credited by some for his gallant role in leading the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) in the last, very short leg of the liberation struggle from 1975 to 1979, he gets far more credit than he deserves. The gallantry and heroism, according to his closest comrades, is manufactured. His recruiter into the liberation…

5 min.
daphne mashilenkosi steel smiling

Daphne Mashile-Nkosi is readying herself for a flight back home, chatting to a daughter on a video call. It is a relaxed side to her that not everyone gets to see. Back in 2006, when Anglo American and BHP Billiton were unbundling assets in South Africa’s iron ore sector, Mashile-Nkosi was part of a five-man and two-woman team who were pitching to acquire the assets that would end up being owned by Exxaro. After being heavily involved in the run-up, she found herself being sidelined. “Apparently I was good enough to put together the [corporate] structure and to do the presentation to both Anglo and BHP, but I was not good enough to actually sit on the board. They said I must be just a committee member,” recalls Mashile-Nkosi in cut-glass…

5 min.
yoweri museveni ‘the opposition are just oppor tunists’

Zig-zagging the country on the campaign trail, chairing cabinet meetings, addressing international conferences on development and security – all this three decades after winning power in a guerrilla war… President Yoweri Museveni’s political energy is undimmed. He broke off from a cabinet meeting at State House to talk to The Africa Report about how African governments should manage digital technology and have no choice but to process the continent’s resources locally. He added a critique of the identity politics which he says have held back many countries in the region, before dismissing his political opponents as lacking relevant ideologies. This is a rare interview with one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, who is facing what may be the greatest political test of his career with the coming national in 2021. TAR: You have…