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Africa’s growth plans face stronger headwinds

In a much harsher international climate, Africa’s economic managers are promoting regional trade and boosting investment in power and transport

Bankers hosting parties for their government friends were a little more discreet than usual – perhaps in deference to rising political and economic uncertainties – at the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on 9-11 October in Washington DC. But to judge by the overflowing corridors of the discreet five-star Hay-Adams Hotel on 16th Street, they were still making plenty of deals, in Africa’s frontier and emerging markets as well as in Western economies.

MOZAMBIQUE

Frelimo wins, Renamo revives

Persistent reports of fraud will not prevent wide acceptance of Nyusi’s victory, amid hopes of a more inclusive government

The most closely-fought campaign in 20 years of multiparty elections saw the governing party claim a decisive but controversial victory. Civil society organisations, the independen...

ZIMBABWE

Doctors at large

The First Lady is now running in the succession race but even she has hurdles to clear on her tour of the stadium

Dr Grace Mugabe and Dr Joice Mujuru graduated together with PhDs from the University of Zimbabwe in September and were capped by President Robert Mugabe in his role as Chancellor a...

KENYA

Bad time for an oil boom

Governance issues would be complicated enough if it weren’t also for the arrival of new guests at the feast

Like its neighbours Tanzania and Uganda, Kenya has found that hydrocarbon discoveries require complicated legal and institutional reforms to manage the resource and deal with inves...

ZAMBIA

Party rivalries grow as Sata ails

The President’s departure for medical treatment on the eve of the country’s 50th birthday seems to confirm the severity of his condition

Few believe that President Michael Sata would miss such a prestigious event as tomorrow's 50th anniversary of Zambia's Independence. And yet a State House statement said he had lef...

MALI

Crisis returns as talks falter

Negotiations over the future of the north have resumed without much sign of any rapprochement

Lethal attacks by jihadists on United Nations' forces and armed clashes among Tuareg factions take place against a background of another round of sluggish peace talks in Algiers. N...

UGANDA

Mbabazi on the ropes

The President’s manoeuvres to oust his erstwhile friend as Secretary General of the NRM are accelerating

President Yoweri Museveni aims to limit possible leadership challenges from within the governing National Resistance Movement through wide-ranging changes to the party’s cons...

NIGERIA | ITALY

Follow the money

A leak from Italian prosecutors reveals more details about the recipients of the US$800 million from the OPL 245 licence sale

Telephone taps of Italian middlemen in the deal over Oil Prospecting Licence 245 reveal extraordinary detail about the manoeuvring that led to the agreement between the Nigerian go...

NORTH AFRICA | ARMS

Comrades in arms deals

Ever more visits by European and US military officials to North African capitals suggest old connections are back on course

The global news agenda has moved on since the attack on the Tiguentourine gas plant near In Amenas in Algeria in January 2013 and the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi th...

SUDAN | AFRICA

Next stop, Rome

Senior officials from the African Union, European Union and United Nations were at the Police Club House in Khartoum on 13-16 October for the AU's Regional Conference on Human Traf...

MALAWI

Cashgate, gaolgate

The arrest of former National Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo and his wife on 18 October is proof that the Cashgate scandal has yet to peak, say political and legal insiders in Lilong...

NIGERIA | SOUTH AFRICA

Clash of the Titans

Relations between South Africa and Nigeria have plunged to new depths. South African ex-President Thabo Mbeki and Nigerian ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo are working behind the sce...

TUNISIA

Coalition time

Tunisia elects a new, 217-member Parliament on 26 October and all eyes are on the possible coalitions that will follow. A formal coalition between the front-runners, the Islamist H...

MOZAMBIQUE

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 se...

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 Nyusi in the polls on 15 October, but the outcome of the pa...

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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...

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

Julius Malema in the dock

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

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

MOZAMBIQUE | UNITED STATES

Narcotics links tarnish Frelimo

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

AFRICA | URANIUM

Uranium profits decline

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

NIGERIA

ENI in the cross-hairs

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

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

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

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

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