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Displaying 71-80 out of 2017 results.

Rushing to the ballot box

Abiy is gambling that he can win an election with a unified coalition, but the campaign could provoke more factionalism

Ethiopia's strained ruling coalition has pledged to hold national elections on time next year and is set to take advantage of the lack of preparation by a recently – and only...


Bridge over troubled finance

Infrastructure development under President John Magufuli is haphazard and expensive

In July, the government contracted Chinese companies to build a 3.2-kilometre bridge across the Mwanza gulf on Lake Victoria. The US$260 million bridge, to be funded out of state c...


Spending on the hoof

President Kenyatta wants to buy his way to a legacy. Sceptics say the economic outlook does not support this largesse

On an impromptu stop at a function at Mwangoni Primary School in Kwale County on the south coast on 8 September, President Uhuru Kenyatta made an instant personal donation of 1 mil...


Jubaland row heats up oil tiff

Tensions between Kenya and Somalia are rising fast over a dispute about politics and money in a Somali province

Separate but inter-related arguments over elections in Jubaland and offshore oil blocks claimed by both Kenya and Somalia appear to be coming to a head in the wake of the May appoi...


Juba's payday loan habit

The government’s fondness for pre-selling oil greases the wheels but hurts the exchequer. It’s an addiction that will be hard to break

Developing countries have long been advised against forward-selling their natural resources – often their only source of foreign exchange – in return for upfront cash. The credit i...


Hamdok's appeal

Starting work on 22 August, a day after he was sworn in, new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok quickly amassed support, ranging from activists in the sit-in outside the military headqu...


Ruing the day

The British government's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched an investigation into suspected corruption by UK currency printer De La Rue Group and associates in South Sudan. Th...


From revolution to realpolitik

Neither side likes the deal. The generals want to play for time and the activists see it as a first step to power

For the thousands gathering in central Khartoum, waving flags and sounding horns around the Friendship Hall, the constitutional declaration initialled on 4 August was far from the ...


Cashew crisis grinds on

The President’s decision to act first and reflect later is proving costly for what should be the country’s most valuable export crop

Last November, President John Pombe Magufuli took cashew marketing out of the hands of private traders, who refused to pay the price he demanded for raw cashew and brought in the a...


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