More than 120 days after his house was raided and he was arrested on charges of treason, Zambian opposition politician Hakainde Hichilema rode in a triumphant motorcade through the streets of Lusaka to the cheers of thousands. By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE.
It’s only a matter of time before Mamokuena Bulane’s two fractured houses collapse because of operations at the Reskol diamond mine in Kolo, Lesotho. But this 52-year-old widow and grandmother of four has a cruel dilemma: she is caught between two mining companies that either won’t – or can’t – accept responsibility for the damage. By MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism Reporters.
The South African government is divided on whether or not to charge Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace for assaulting a model in Sandton on Sunday. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula wants to charge her but International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane fears this will seriously damage South Africa’s relations with Zimbabwe – and the continent, official sources say. By PETER FABRICIUS.
Illicit financial flows cost South Africa billions, and despite increased awareness, efforts to clampdown have been elusive to date. A first-of-its-kind tax dialogue in Uganda later this week hopes to find ways to plug the holes, among broader efforts to mobilise revenue for countries throughout Africa. By LOGAN WORT.
In mid-1982, bandits abducted six foreign tourists in Matabeleland, triggering a massive manhunt by government forces. Robert Mugabe accused his rival, Joshua Nkomo, of sponsoring this and other “dissident” activities – part of a process in which Nkomo’s party, Zapu, had transitioned from an openly defiant military formation to a poorly disguised dissident movement. It was this alleged insurgency that prompted the deployment of Zanu’s anti-dissident force, the “Gukurahundi”, in early 1983. Yet evidence for Nkomo’s involvement in the tourist kidnapping and other dissident outrages was scant – and previously unpublished documents show that the government knew it. Instead, Mugabe and his ministers were using the dissident problem as a convenient stick with which to beat Nkomo and achieve their political objectives. By STUART DORAN.
Election observers in Kenya, in interim reports on Thursday, gave short shrift to Raila Odinga’s complaint that the electoral commission’s computers had been hacked to give Kenyatta a fraudulent lead. By PETER FABRICIUS.