'The whole situation has been poorly handled – 18 months ago Mr Cameron was the great defender of human rights speaking truth to China and saying the UK will act on principle but now it seems to be about business and nothing else,' said Kerry Brown.
Alex Vines said the influence being exerted by Mr Ichikowitz and his companies was 'worrying' but that Mrs Banda had probably not been aware of the link.
Disputes between resource groups and governments are likely to keep increasing as commodity prices fall and companies slash spending on new projects, according to a report by Chatham House.
Make no mistake: unless we chart another course this 'debate' will have serious and long-term effects on our politics, and the already fragile link that binds our citizens to the democratic arena, writes Matthew Goodwin.
'If for whatever reason the BSA doesn't happen, then the political support in Washington for subsidizing the Afghan state is likely to be very badly dented, if not collapse. Afghanistan's national budget is 90 percent dependent on overseas development assistance, so this is very serious stuff,' said Michael Keating.
Alex Vines said the rumours followed Culture Minister Rosa Cruz e Silva's announcement last week that the government would crack down on 'sects'. The measure 'was targeting mostly Brazil-style evangelical groups that have mushroomed across Angola', according to Vines.
International media reports that Angola has banned Islam highlight once again poor communication and clumsy policy by the Angolan authorities, and how ill thought through policies are distorted by Angolan social media, the opposition and the international press, writes Alex Vines.