Over the last decade, wealthy Angolans have increasingly invested their wealth in lucrative sectors of Portugal’s economy. Despite its less than lucrative nature, the Portuguese media sector has not escaped Angolan interest. Largely targeted by individuals with close ties to the MPLA – investing in Portugal’s media sector has gained Luanda huge influence.
The escalation in violence in the DRC has forced Angola – traditionally one of the DRC’s staunchest allies – to scale back its support for its neighbour as the crisis begins to threaten Angola’s own security environment, particularly that of its oil-rich Cabinda province.
Despite the departure of Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s government is still made up of the same set of ZANU-PF heavyweights, serving as a reminder that the right to rule Zimbabwe revolves around the military, and liberation war credentials. Under Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s future remains threatened by the same patronage-based system of predatory and anti-democratic government.
The Trump administration’s Africa policy remains confused and uncertain, punctuated by clumsy attempts by various senior politicians to engage the continent. While an overall lack of interest by senior members of the new administration has allowed US civil servants in Africa to preserve some continuity, the lack of clarity over Washington’s involvement in Africa could put the US’s position as one of the continent’s biggest trading partners at risk.
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Wildlife poaching and trafficking have long been a serious problem in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. Despite his recent resignation, the ruling ZANU-PF’s strong links to these criminal activities means that a decrease in Zimbabwe’s thriving illicit wildlife trade is unlikely in the short term. In fact, the probability that the elite networks that benefit from the trade will remain in place under Mnangagwa remains high.