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Fraud claims taint Frelimo win

Early signs indicate a landslide for the ruling party, but claims of rigging are growing and there is serious potential for unrest

Frente de Libertação de Moçambique members in Maputo are already celebrating victory in the general election, even though the formal results are not due for several days. The opposition, however, and several independent local media and non-governmental organisations are already crying 'foul'. Sources close to Frelimo told Africa Confidential that on polling day there was internal disagreement in Frelimo over what percentage the party should 'win' by. Some were pushing for 62%, while others argued this margin would not be believed, and 52% would be more acceptable. Even if this talk was mere bluster, evidence of electoral fraud and obstruction of voters and observers intensified throughout polling day.

MOZAMBIQUE

Frelimo braces for impact

A major swing towards the opposition is likely but the spectre of poll-fraud casts a shadow over tomorrow’s vote

All the signs point to victory for Frente de Libertação de Moçambique presidential candidate Filipe Nyussi in the polls on 15 October, but the outcome of the p...

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SUDAN

The world according to Khartoum

The smuggling out of what appear to be top secret state documents points to a major security breach in the government

The Khartoum government is yet to react to the circulation of what purport to be detailed minutes of a meeting on 31 August of top security and military officers in which they disc...

SUDAN

Khartoum in fact and fiction

Most of the Sudanese activists and officials (serving or former) that we have contacted believe the leaked reports of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) meeting ...

MOZAMBIQUE | UNITED STATES

Narcotics links tarnish Frelimo

A US-sanctioned narcotics kingpin's finance for the governing party complicates commercial and diplomatic relations

The appearance of Mohamed Bashir Suleiman – designated a 'drugs kingpin' by the United States – at the banquet of a local business association on 18 September has infur...

ZIMBABWE

From Russia with love

Amidst the vicious scrabble for the succession, ZANU-PF’s new best friend Moscow delivers investment in the platinum industry, money and planes

Nothing and no one seems able to stop the rival factions of the ruling party from undermining each other as they position themselves for the presidential succession. The claimed vi...

SOUTH AFRICA

DBSA moves centre stage

The state-owned bank repositions itself as a likely African hub for the new BRICS development bank

South Africa's state-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is being restructured to become the regional centre of the new development bank for the BRICS group of Brazil,...

AFRICA | URANIUM

Uranium profits decline

The protracted slump in global uranium prices has dashed African hopes that higher mining taxes would boost economic growth

A geographical shift in uranium production should, in theory, have benefitted Malawi, Namibia, Niger and South Africa as, together with the world's biggest producer, Kazakhstan, th...

TUNISIA

Critical votes and toxic loans

Ahead of key national elections, concern is mounting about the legacy of bad loans from the time of President Ben Ali

Dealing with bad debts from the Zine el Abidine Ben Ali era which threaten the banking system has proved so problematic that the government has been contradicting itself. On the mo...

SOUTH AFRICA

Julius Malema in the dock

Will attempts to clip the wings of the maverick leader sink him or raise his profile?

Within the space of a week, Julius Malema, the self-styled 'commander-in chief' of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has been charged with both corruption and parliam...

NIGERIA

ENI in the cross-hairs

Italian prosecutors want British help in investigating ENI for possible bribery of Nigerian officials

Italian public prosecutors have asked Britain to freeze an account holding US$85 million in their preliminary investigation into whether top officials in the ENI oil company conspi...

CONGO-KINSHASA

Conflict over conflict minerals

Arguments grow over whether measures to ensure mineral exports are conflict-free need strengthening or are damaging local society

An open letter from a group of 70 academics and specialists in Congo and the Great Lakes region has claimed that legislation and other measures to control conflict minerals are not...

SOUTH AFRICA

Labour movement schism deepens

The ANC's bid to hold together the trades union federation is failing amid plans for a leftist party

The efforts of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other top officials in the African National Congress, such as ANC Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte, have made little headw...

KENYA

Drama in court

Some 140 members of parliament turned President Uhuru Kenyatta's first appearance at the International Criminal Court on 8 October into something of a circus. Nairobi Senator Mike ...

GHANA

Finding the funds

Accra's economic team is set to resume negotiations for a three-year programme with the International Monetary Fund after the IMF's annual meetings on 10-12 October. Prospects for ...

SOUTH AFRICA

Gauteng challenge

Five months after the May general elections that returned President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress to office, the provincial conference of the Gauteng ANC, which open...

MOZAMBIQUE

Frelimo turns the screws

As election campaigning intensifies, the ruling party takes full advantage of its control of the state

EGYPT

Calling all investors

Multinationals are starting to see Egypt’s potential as a strategic hub but there few signs of a major revival in foreign interest

CONGO-KINSHASA

Kabila for ever

The President wants the constitution changed to allow him to stay in power after 2016 but opposition is mounting

CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE

Poor prospects ahead

The IMF predicts 6% growth but poverty still rises. Sassou has high hopes for Special Economic Zones as the end of oil looms

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KENYA

Security changes mark a sombre anniversary

A year after the Westgate Mall siege, President Kenyatta is reorganising the security services as Somali and local jihadists continue their attacks

SOMALIA

Al Shabaab shake-up

Militia leaders make overtures to their enemies while the government is mired in financial scandal

GUINEA BISSAU

Saying no to the narco-state

A new civilian government is trying to guide the country back to legality, handling the military carefully and promising no prosecutions

CONGO-KINSHASA

Reshaping the army

President Kabila is restructuring the army and putting his loyalists in command. It is a sign he means to stay on, come what may

ZIMBABWE

A bail-out for Beijing's sake

The ruling party is paying back its top members' debts to China in the hope that President Xi Jinping will turn the money tap on again

AFRICA | UNITED NATIONS

The fire this century

Demonstrations, rhetoric and technological innovation in Africa all help but the political will is missing in negotiations for a new climate treaty

TANZANIA

Power fraud unravels

How the government handles the latest power sector scam could have a major impact on President Kikwete’s political legacy

UGANDA

Putting US aid to other uses

Museveni uses Obama's security assistance for the fight against Al Shabaab to crack down on the opposition as well

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