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The Nocal diet



The state oil company could close as exploration stutters under the impact of the weak oil price and governance problems 

A recent round of bidding for four offshore oil blocks has ended disappointingly for all concerned. A clutch of local and international companies bid for them during a two-year process run by the National Oil Company of Liberia (Nocal), British-based Ernst and Young and Norway's TGS-Nopec Geophysical Company. Both local and foreign observers heavily criticised Nocal for incompetence and corruption. Nocal has long been a subject of controversy.


How the next election will be won

President Yoweri Museveni. Pic: Eugene Hoshiko / AP/Press Association Images

Nobody doubts the result but the methods behind the victory say a lot about how President Museveni rules the country and where it is going

There are no prizes for predicting who wins Uganda's presidential election on 18 February. After 30 years in office and four victorious elections in the last 20 of them, President ...

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First ladies first

The President's wife plays a vital role in the election campaign and is a potential successor to her husband 

Although Janet Kataaha Museveni has decided not to run for Parliament in her Ruhaama constituency, nobody doubts that she continues to wield massive political power. She has been a...


Mujuru goes for glory

The former Vice-President launches a new party which promises to be as much a challenge to Mugabe as to the opposition 

A new political era beckons for Zimbabwe with the emergence of People First (PF). At least, that's the hope of its founder, former Vice-President Joice Mujuru. Another big name is ...


The logic of naira nationalism

Nigeria chart © Africa Confidential 2016

Business and government are locked in a dispute about the exchange rate as officials try to rebuild the economy 

Political convention has it that an incoming government has six months to blame its predecessor for the economic and other devastation which it has inherited. However, Nigeria's de...


Intervention that never was

It was widely believed the AU could send a force to help bring peace to Burundi but the illusion shattered when the AU met in Addis Ababa 

Between 17 December, when the African Union Commission decided to intervene in Burundi, and 31 January, when the AU summiteers in Ethiopia went home, the prospect of an unprecedent...


Peace deal stalls again

Rival leaders oppose UN calls for sanctions against them but still block progress towards a government of national unity 

Despite damning reports from the United Nations and African Union, and threats of action against those seen as obstructing a peace deal, there is not enough political will to press...


Rows in the echo chamber

The newly elected House of Representatives is meant to rubber stamp the actions of the presidency but is by no means united 

On 12 January 2015, in the run-up to Egypt's parliamentary elections, President Abdel Fatah el Sisi invited the heads of 15 of the newly formed political parties to the Presidentia...


Off with his ed

The Daily Nation newspaper seems to have some doubts about why it sacked its Special Projects Editor, Denis Galava, in January, several weeks after suspending him over an editorial...


Gordhan's short leash

The contract of the new South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan runs only until this year's local government elections, Africa Confidential hears from Treasury sources. The d...


Africa tries to keep up

The continent risks being left behind as global powers make deals. An African Free Trade Area might help but looks unlikely


A cure that could kill

The West wants a government that can invite it in to attack ISIS. But any government that does so could disintegrate and leave something worse


Currency crunch

It will take more than devaluation to shield economies from tougher market conditions and political risks


Blow to yuan plan

China declines to circulate its currency in Zimbabwe and experts say that would do little to revive the economy anyway


Fighting flares in Tete

Refugees have crossed into Malawi after clashes between the government and Renamo. Who is guiding Frelimo policy?