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  • 19th June 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: Questions are asked about the goals of President Ramaphosa's purge of security agencies

Patrick Smith

We start in South Africa where President Ramaphosa's motives in reforming the security sector are being questioned, and then to Uganda where a big budget increase laying the ground for oil infrastructure includes a controversial proposal to tax social med...

  • 14th June 2018

Kabila silent on Congo's choices

Blue Lines

How seriously to take the 12 June statement by Bruno Tshibala, Congo-Kinshasa's Prime Minister, that President Joseph Kabila will not seek a third term in elections due in December? Such announcements might deflect foreign pressure on Kabila to leave powe...

  • 11th June 2018

ZIMBABWE: Opposition promises upturn and economic reforms poll points to tightening race

Patrick Smith

We start with the fast-moving developments in Zimbabwe's national elections due on 30 July, followed by a report on the non-elections in Congo-Kinshasa and mounting opposition frustration. In South Africa, ex-President Zuma has suffered reverses in his at...

  • 5th June 2018

NIGERIA: Ekiti governorship poll is vital test of strength for APC as President Buhari's record is questioned

Patrick Smith

This week we start with the critical governorship election in Ekiti State, Nigeria, and then to the United Nations which has published an important new report on migration trends within Africa. We also look at the claims of the power of the pro-Zuma clans...

  • 31st May 2018

Zimbabwe's high hopes for a free choice

Blue Lines

The one unsurprising thing about Zimbabwe's presidential and parliamentary elections is the date: they are now set for 30 July with a rerun on 8 September if no candidate clears 50% in the first round of the presidential poll. Few want to see a second rou...

  • 22nd May 2018

NIGERIA: Fissures open up in the ruling party as it prepares to choose its presidential candidate

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Nigeria where politicians of all parties are jockeying for position ahead of next year's elections. Ghana's former President John Mahama announces he wants to stand again in 2020 and Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth. I...

  • 17th May 2018

Washington's new man in Africa

Blue Lines

Retired Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy has finally emerged as the choice for Assistant Secretary of African Affairs 475 days after Donald Trump was inaugurated as United States President. Nagy, a Trump loyalist, now has to win approval in Congress, where his na...

  • 9th May 2018

ZIMBABWE: On European tour, presidential contender Chamisa calls for mass mobilisation to ensure credible elections

Patrick Smith

We start with the Zimbabwe opposition's roadshow in Europe, which is likely to be followed by as a more discrete visit to London by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to see his doctor. Tunisia's leading Islamist party Ennahda has scored a win in local ...

  • 3rd May 2018

BOLLORE'S TROUBLES AND FRANCAFRIQUE

Blue Lines

Just as France's President Emmanuel Macron was enjoying the hospitality of United States' President Donald Trump – both self-styled mavericks – in Washington, investigators in Paris were preparing to charge business titan Vincent Bolloré with corruption o...

  • 30th April 2018

NIGERIA/UNITED STATES: Islamic State threat and business likely to top agenda of Trump-Buhari summit

Patrick Smith

We start in Washington with a West African theme – on the summit meeting of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and United States President Donald Trump. Security will dominate those talks, as it does relations between Washington and Niger where a new US...

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