President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sailed through the impact of Covid-19 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. With several months away from Zimbabwe’s ... general election where he will be seeking another term, Mnangagwa is facing a bigger challenge that could further cripple the Zimbabwean ailing economy: a power crisis.
Angola’s President João Lourenço (JLo) started off his presidential term in 2017 by saying that he would reduce the roles of the state, the armed forces and the national oil company, Sonangol, in the national economy. He repeated the same message at the start of 2022.
“The state wants to divest itself of many assets, and the space freed up must be occupied by the private sector,” JLo told local media in early January of this year. This sentence sums up the ambition of a president who promised, five years ago, to be “the man of the Angolan economic miracle”.