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Populists hack at the budget

Backbench Jubilee and Nasa MPs are ganging up against revenue plans by President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga

On Tuesday 18 September, President Uhuru Kenyatta's governing Jubilee party and the opposition (at least in name) National Super Alliance (Nasa), led by Raila Odinga, held separate...


No cash, no peace

The new agreement between the warring parties has ambition but twice-bitten donors won’t fund it. Few believe it has a future

It's official: the peace agreement has been signed, all protocols observed, the countdown begun. With all parties supposedly on board, a Revitalised Transitional Government of Nati...


Money worries

The federal patchwork is barely holding together while a new currency launches. Farmajo's absence in New York is raising questions

The Finance Minister of the federal government, Abdirahman Bayle, believed he had good reason to congratulate himself at the end of a week of talks with the International Monetary ...


Museveni to tough it out

The President is taking no chances and making no concessions. He is mobilising 24,000 reservists as popular protests continue

Thousands of new security personnel are being deployed to meet the threat of mass civil unrest after the triumphant return to Kampala of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to huge cro...


Rallies shatter fragile peace

Ethnic killings, shootings by police and mass detentions rock Addis Ababa as Abiy’s democratic openings trigger ferment

Ethiopia's rulers scheduled the triumphant return of two diametrically opposed political movements a week apart in a move that spoke of either breezy confidence or naivety. The eve...


Graft-busters busted

Shortly after coming to power in November 2015, President John Magufuli sacked Edward Hoseah, long-serving director general of the Prevention and Combatting Corruption Bureau (PCCB...


Deep waters

Abiy is distancing himself from the troubled dam project, which some political opponents are trying to use against him

The death of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project manager, Simegnew Bekele, was ruled a suicide by authorities last week, but the announcement has done little to damp...


Fuelling a debt crisis

Deadlock over plans to raise fuel taxes to satisfy the IMF risks derailing the President’s economic plans

Kenya's debt burden has been growing rapidly for the past four years, rising from 45% of GDP to near 60% now. Solid growth rates have given leaders freedom to ignore the warnings o...


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