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The Fall of Africa’s Richest Woman – Isabel Dos Santos

The Fall of Africa’s Richest Woman – Isabel Dos Santos

Just think for a minute. In a two-year span, a father gave his daughter, among several contracts, four that were worth over US $22 billion. The father is then President José Eduardo dos Santos, and the daughter is Isabel, Africa’s richest woman. These were the golden days of the presidential family’s capture of Angola. Period. […]

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

As Zimbabwe, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prepare to hold historic polls in July, October and December respectively, concerns around violence, intimidation and credible electoral processes are rising. In Zimbabwe, incidents of intimidation and threats of violence have been reported ahead of the 30 July election, which will be a test for […]

Angolan President Sacks Ambassadors to DR Congo and Serbia

Angolan President Sacks Ambassadors to DR Congo and Serbia

Angola’s ambassadors to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Emilio José de Carvalho Guerra, and to the Republic of Serbia, José João Manuel, were fired on Thursday by the Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos. The dismissals were confirmed in a press release from the President’s Civil Office, which reached Angop on Thursday. The President of […]

Angolan General Zé Maria’s Spring Clean

Angolan General Zé Maria’s Spring Clean

Although at 74 he is well over retirement age (65) and was expected to be forcibly retired this month, General António José Maria – the Angolan President’s most faithful servant for nearly 40 years – is being allowed to remain at the head of the Military Intelligence and Security Service (SISM) until the elections at […]

Seventeen Killed in Stadium Stampede – President Jose Eduardo dos Santos Orders Inquiry

Seventeen Killed in Stadium Stampede – President Jose Eduardo dos Santos Orders Inquiry

At least 17 football fans were killed after a stampede broke out at a stadium in northern Angola, police said, in an incident that also left scores of people wounded. A wave of panic spread through the crowd on Friday, at a league game in the town of Uige, between the Santa Rita de Cassia […]

Angola’s New ‘President in Waiting’

Angola’s New ‘President in Waiting’

Angola’s Defense Minister Joao Lourenco has been named as the presidential candidate of the country’s ruling party. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has said that he will not seek re-election after 37 years in power. For the first time in 37 years, Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will not lead his party into the […]

President José Eduardo Dos Santos’ Departure – What’s Next for Angola?

President José Eduardo Dos Santos’ Departure – What’s Next for Angola?

In a move that has inspired much discussion, President José Eduardo Dos Santos has reportedly confirmed that he will step down in August 2017 after almost four decades in power. Elections are in the same month, but how much change will come to the nation if the current defence minister is Dos Santos’s choice of […]

Is Angola Broke?

Is Angola Broke?

Angola’s President José Eduardo dos Santos has confessed that his country is broke. The leader attributed the situation to failure of the national oil company Sonangol to remit cash to the government. Angola is the second-largest producer of crude oil in Africa and is regularly cited as one of the continent’s fastest growing economies. The […]

The Real Danger – Letter to President José Eduardo Dos Santos

The Real Danger – Letter to President José Eduardo Dos Santos

José Eduardo dos Santos – who shares with Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema the infamy of being Africa’s longest-ruling president – is becoming increasingly tyrannical as his regime faces growing popular resistance. In this open letter, Angolan ward-winning investigative journalist and human rights activist speaks out his mind about the political situation in the oil-rich […]

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