HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: Report of the Ad Hoc Committee
'To verify an determine the actual subsidy requirements and monitor the implementation of the subsidy regime in Nigeria'
Africa Confidential, April 2012
Interview with Hailemariam Desalegn
Africa Confidential interviews Ethiopia's Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn
Africa Confidential, January 2011
What's next for Nigeria's banks?
Exclusive interview with Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria
Africa Confidential, May 2010
Interview with Father Matthew Hassan Kukah
Father Matthew Hassan Kukah is a remarkable Nigerian. A Catholic priest
born in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria and fluent in several Nigerian
languages, he has worked hard to promote understanding across ethnic
and religious fault lines. An idealist in the sense that he wants
Nigeria to be a far better country than it is and that he believes its
peoples have the capacity to take it there, he is also a brutal realist
in his assessments of the country's current political and developmental
Africa Confidential, August 2010MALAWIMalawi and the Hunger Gap
Interview with Elvis Sukali of Oxfam, Malawi, 23 October 2009
Africa Confidential, October 2009CONGO-KINSHASA | UNITED NATIONSOn the brink of massive failure
Diplomatic double-standards and an international resource grab are stoking one of the worst wars in the world
Africa Confidential, November 2009KENYAInside Kenya's elections 2008
An eyewitness account of the announcement of the results at the Kenya Conference Centre
Africa Confidential, January 2008LIBERIALiberia's big challenge
Abraham Conneh of Oxfam, Liberia, talks to Africa Confidential about education in post-conflict Liberia
Africa Confidential, May 2008SUDAN | AFRICAN UNIONAU investigation of Haskanita attack in Darfur
This preliminary report by the then African Union Mission in Sudan on the attack on AMIS peacekeepers of 29-30 September 2007 has never been published. A fuller, December 2007 AMIS report on the attack appears not even to have leaked. The attack by rebels at Haskanita, Darfur, is not to be confused with the ambush of the Unitd Nations-AU Mission in Sudan on 8 July 2008 near El Geneina, when seven UNAMID troops died, apparently at the hands of government-backed militia.
Africa Confidential, October 2007ZIMBABWEZANU-PF National Conference December 2006
Special reports from the conference
Africa Confidential, December 2006SUDAN | BRITAINOn her Majesty's secret service
Is Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) training Sudanese
Africa Confidential, January 2005ZIMBABWEZimbabwe Elections 2005
What happened in Matebeleland?
Africa Confidential, April 2005AFRICAHolding Gleneagles to account
Africa Confidential post-G8 summit report
Africa Confidential, July 2005EQUATORIAL GUINEAMercenary fandango
The South African mercenaries detained in Bioko and Zimbabwe
were en route to Malabo to oust President Obiang - but at whose
Africa Confidential, March 2004AFRICA | UNITED NATIONS | IRAQCaught in the crossfire
Africa Confidential's Special Report on Africa/Iraq and the United Nations Security Council
Africa Confidential, March 2003RWANDA | CONGO-KINSHASAInterview with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame
Patrick Smith, Editor of Africa Confidential, and William Wallis, for the Financial Times, spoke to the Rwandan President, General Paul Kagame, at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London, UK, on 18 October 2002, about the Report of the United Nations Expert Panel on the Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Africa Confidential, October 2002SIERRA LEONE | DIAMONDSChronology of Sierra Leone
How diamonds fuelled the conflict
Africa Confidential, April 1998ERITREAAfrica’s new state
Eritrea declared independence from Ethiopia 19 years ago. After overseeing a bloody border war with Ethiopia in which an estimated 120,000 Eritreans and Ethiopians died, Issayas Afeworki's government remains isolated in both the Horn and the international community.
The ruling People's Front for Democracy and Justice is yet to sign a constitution into law, hold a general election or allow the formation of political opposition. Most Eritreans are either locked into lifetime military service or imprisoned in shipping containers. A blind spot on the world's radar, Eritrea is said to be the world's most restricted media environment.
Our report from 30 April 1993 highlights lingering uncertainties over the EPLF's democratic credentials and tensions with Ethiopia as Eritrea prepared to become Africa's newest state.
Africa Confidential, April 1993SUDANToo many Generals
The final format of the transitional government will take several weeks to emerge. The announcement today of a 15-man all-military council can be construed partly as a tough response to yesterday's statement by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) commander, Col. John Garang, that the guerrilla war in the south would continue if power was not handed over to civilians within seven days. The exclusion of civilians from the council appears to be a tactical error. Garang's ultimatum was also unrealistic. But with Jaffar Nimeiri's ousting, the pandora's box is opened: politically nothing can be excluded in the immediate future.
Africa Confidential, April 1985GHANAWhat will Rawlings do?
Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings staged his first military coup as a young revolutionary in May 1979. When it failed, he was imprisoned and sentenced to death. Following another coup mounted by junior army officers in June 1979, Rawlings was set free, and became Head of State under the banner of the the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council. In September 1979, the AFRC handed over power to Hilla Limann of the People's National Party, after he won the presidential elections.
In 1981, Rawlings toppled Limann in yet another coup. He remained a military dictator for 12 years until he was elected President in 1993, a position he held until 2001, when John Kufuor's New Patriotic Party
(NPP) government came to power.
Although praised by many in the West as a democratic figure, especially in comparison to his counterparts in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Rawlings
has not been able to shake off the stigma of military dictator.
Africa Confidential, June 1979
The royal escape
An incompetent plot by right-wing officers to oust King Hassan II resulted in his 42nd birthday party being disrupted by a spectacular shoot out in the palace grounds. In the aftermath Hassan responded with a characteristic mix of political manoeuvring and a relentless security crackdown. Africa Confidential's correspondent in Rabat had evidently been attending the birthday, or was close to someone who was, and provides an account of the failed coup in considerable and interesting detail.
Africa Confidential, July 1971