Jump to navigation


Good gas and bad governance

Map Copyright © Africa Confidential 2016
Map Copyright © Africa Confidential 2016

Progress is being made towards the much-hyped gas production but it's a long and twisting road towards tangible benefits 

The massive economic growth rate of 24% which the International Monetary Fund predicted is no more. That was the Fund's figure for 2021, when gas production had been expected to begin. However, on 4 October, after its recent mission to Maputo, it revised that figure down to just 6.8%.


Dar wins from regional shift

Deciding on the main pipeline route was tough enough, but major problems for export and production remain

The April agreement between Uganda and Tanzania to run a crude oil export pipeline through Tanzania rather than Kenya dramatically shifted the geometry of East African oil. Yet the...

Killings threaten shaky peace

Violence in Bangui and among refugees has many worried. The coming donor conference may be premature 

About 30 people were killed in and around a refugee camp in Kaga Bandoro, 320 kilometres north of Bangui, according to news agencies, as deteriorating security threatens to build i...

Stalwarts push for Zuma's exit

As more details emerge about his business allies, the President's position in the cabinet and party is weakening

This month, the fight between President Jacob Zuma and his diminishing band of defenders on the one hand and on the other, the gutsy former Public Protector Thulisile Madonsela and...

Diversification or bust

Chart Copyright © Africa Confidential 2016

The Bretton Woods Institutions warn that it's no good waiting for another commodity boom

Governments and companies in Africa should not expect an early recovery of their commodity exports to boost flagging trade, says Albert Zeufack, the World Bank's Chief Economist fo...

Ruling party ploughs on

No compromise with the wave of protest is in view. The elite reckons it can weather the storm

The select of Ethiopia's elites, including opposition leaders, crowded into the Sheraton Addis Hotel on 15 October to discuss the country's fragile ethnic federation and stuttering...

Premier Benkirane is back

The Islamist PJD won the most votes in this month's elections but it faces some hard bargaining to form another coalition

It should have been a dramatic general election on 7 October, pitting the Islamist-led government's record of social conservatism and economic stagnation against a Westernised libe...

Shifting borders south

The European Union is set to intensify its migration control regime at a summit of EU leaders on 20 October. The European Commission will present reports on the Migration Partnersh...

Buhari's kitchen cabinet

President Muhammadu Buhari stirred a predictable hornets' nest when he dismissed, in a most patriarchal manner, criticisms his wife had made of his presidency. On 14 October Aisha ...

Killing overshadows talks

The murder of Jeremias Pondeca on 8 October is widely seen as an act of desperation by recalcitrant, old-guard members of the governing Frente de Libertação de Moçambique. He was a...

The people's IMF

Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe are in negotiations for hefty International Monetary Fund programmes to shore up their leaky state finances. All eyes are on the conditions that the...

Kabila slides into a legitimacy crisis

After the Kinshasa clashes, opposition is mounting – at home and abroad – to the President's plans to extend his time in power

Violent clashes in Kinshasa between protestors and police last month show how the row over President Joseph Kabila's plans to delay elections could trigger a crisis across the coun...

Did Khartoum cross the line?

France joins human rights groups to demand an international probe into claims that Khartoum used chemical weapons in its Darfur war

Safe choice, vexed process

After three political attempts to undermine the selection process, the Judicial Service Commission has named a new Chief Justice

Electoral roads to federalism

As the country goes to the polls, the base is broader but will the government that emerges be more legitimate than its predecessors?