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Gregory Mthembu-Salter

Wheels and deals in dusty Bukavu

The well-heeled flock to a marble-clad hotel in a city renowned as a smuggling hub for gold.

Augustin Kayembe: The king of the African club scene

Augustin Kayembe not only knows where are the best places to party around Africa - but he owns them too.

Congolese question SA’s intentions

Activists say the arrest of 20 people for plotting a coup was 'concocted' to curry favour with Kabila. Gregory Mthembu-Salter reports.

Working municipalities the true face of democracy

Local politics may be fraught with animosity, but they are essential for effective governance, writes Gregory Mthembu-Salter.

M23 puts pressure on Kabila

Even if the M23 rebels leave Goma, as promised, their invasion is a threat to President Joseph Kabila.

Mining: Golden age of conflict and crime

Illegal activities related to mining in the DRC have underscored the urgent need for a truly democratic government, writes Gregory Mthembu-Salter.

Peace process back on track

Concerned that the bloody conflict in the Ituri region of north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and increasing tensions between Rwanda and Uganda might derail the recently signed inter-Congolese political settlement, President Thabo Mbeki has been manoeuvring to prevent this happening.

Hutu rebels given grace

After two months of inconclusive talks in Dar es Salaam about a ceasefire in Burundi's long-running civil war, Southern African heads of state had prepared to take punitive measures against Hutu rebel groups they blame for the lack of progress at the negotiations.

Chiluba urged to admit vote rigging

Boldly proclaiming a decisive and historic battle against corruption, the Zambian government is locked in a bitter struggle with most of the Cabinet it replaced in January. The way the government is going about its campaign has raised questions of whether it is not a power struggle instead.

Make or break for Congo’s new Kabila

The main players in Congo's conflict are waiting to see whether interim president Joseph Kabila is a man of war or peace.

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