State of Denial

The government in Angola is in denial. Last week, it denied sending troops into the Republic of Congo, claiming instead the Congolese soldiers tried to occupy Angolan territory.


Looking for DRC peace in the wrong place

To be fair to some of the main advocacy organisations behind the campaign to ‘clean up’ eastern DRC’s minerals, such as and the Enough Project, they do not (when you take the time to read their publications) claim that this will be a panacea for the conflict.

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No compromise for King Mswati

Buoyed by the unprecedented criticism of Swaziland’s recent elections by the African Union, SADC and the Commonwealth, some optimists believed that this might be a turning point, that King Mswati might consider a more conciliatory – even reform-minded – approach. No such luck.

Instead, he re-appointed Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini as the country’s Prime Minister – giving the two-fingered salute to everyone who has called for Swaziland’s absolutist monarchical system to change.


Shackled by homophobic laws

October 24 marked the celebration of 49 years of Zambia's independence. Despite close to half a century of independence from Britain, Zambia still holds fast to, and claims as its own, some draconian laws inherited from its colonial masters. One such law is the criminalisation of sodomy, still entrenched in the Zambian Penal Code.


Love and leadership

OSISA and the African Leadership Centre have just run a course in Lusaka on Leadership and Society. We asked the participants to send us their thoughts

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Is RENAMO eating its own vomit?

On Monday this week RENAMO announced that it was pulling out of Mozambique’s 1992 peace accord, which ended a brutal 16 year civil war that killed a million people.  The decision came after the Mozambican army attacked RENAMO’s military base in Santungira in Central Sofala province and sent Alfonso Dhlakama, the leader of RENAMO, fleeing into the Gorongosa mountains.


Haze and Hope

OSISA and the African Leadership Centre are running a course in Lusaka on Leadership and Society. We asked the participants to send us their thoughts


History matters in Mozambique

Recent skirmishes between Renamo guerrillas and the Mozambican government military, leading to the attack on Monday on Afonso Dhlakama's headquarters in Santungira, need to be viewed in a broader context of post-war history.


Fuelling inequality in Mozambique

A visit to Mozambique’s capital can be an experience in luxury. Maputo’s newly-built international airport sells aftershaves for $230 and bottles of Dom Perignon for $320. Across the city centre, bars and restaurants with names such as Café Continental, Nautilus or 1908offer Western-style haute cuisine and cocktails. Upmarket residential areas display a bewildering array of 1960s modernist and Art Deco designs, brilliant sculptures and murals, while skyscrapers dominate the horizon.


'Gay' trial is politically motivated

On 16 October 2013, the long awaited trial of human rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, proceeded in the Lusaka Magistrates Court in Zambia. Evidence led by the State during Kasonkomona’s trial confirms suspicions that the arrest and prosecution of Kasonkomona was politically motivated.



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