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Poles apart? A tale of two African strongmen

Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 polls. President Mugabe who will be 94 in 2018 has showed no signs of relinquishing power and naming a successor. Conversely, reports that Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will step down before the country’s 2017 elections have raised a few eyebrows. The reports of dos Santos’ retirement come amidst numerous cases across the continent where leaders continue to cling on to power, in some cases against the wishes of the electorate.


Why do African leaders cling onto power instead of handing power?

The President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir has revealed that he will step down in 2020, after his term expires. If al-Bashir quits in 2020, he would have been in power for 31 years. There have only been a few leaders who have voluntarily ceded power or resisted the temptation to change the constitution to allow them to contest again, prompting the question, why do African leaders cling onto power instead of handing power?


Angola making steel from guns

After a 27 year civil war that devastated Angola, an enterprising steel company in the capital Luanda is converting the remnants of the conflict to good use. The guns and other abandoned weapons, remnants of the conflict are being used as a source of raw material for the steel mill. We look at other methods being used to recycle decommissioned arms.

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MPLA rattled as Angola’s oil price plummets

There’s a palpable sense of crisis in Angola, say observers of the country. That’s largely because of the plummeting price of oil, the mainstay of the economy. This is making it harder for ordinary people to make ends meet and so is stirring social discontent. It’s also making it harder for the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) government to finance the security apparatus and the patronage networks that have so far kept it in power, despite the rising discontent.