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  • 18th June 2019

NIGERIA/EUROPEAN UNION: Buhari promises consolidation in his second term but faces chorus of criticism on political shortcomings and security crises

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari's goals for his second term which look much like the ones for his first term. And then to East Africa where a temporary reopening of a key crossing point between Rwanda and Uganda has done little...

  • 13th June 2019

Kagame, border-basher

Blue Lines

Whether the aims behind President Paul Kagame's closure of Gatuna (Ugandans call it Katuna), Rwanda's busiest border crossing with Uganda in February, were diplomatic, commercial or security, it seems to have failed on all counts. Although Kagame complain...

  • 11th June 2019

SUDAN: Opposition pushes ahead with general strike as junta targets civil servants and activists

Patrick Smith

We start in Sudan where pro-democracy activists have launched a civil disobedience campaign against the junta and then to Zimbabwe where the government is promising a new dollar. In Algeria, activists want to see the Bouteflika political class exit en mas...

  • 3rd June 2019

AFRICAN ECONOMIES: Continent-wide Free Trade pact starts but faces key tests on the ground as multiple non-tariff barriers remain

Patrick Smith

This week we start with some better news about the continental trade treaty. And then to Khartoum for reports of a massacre at the protestors' sit-in and to Kinshasa for a funeral of one of the continent's most determined opposition campaigners. And final...

  • 30th May 2019

Stand-off in Sudan

Blue Lines

Although the first two days of the general strike in Sudan designed to pressure the ruling generals to hand power to civilians have had mixed results, there is no prospect of the protesters giving up. The mass sit-in around the Defence Headquarters in Kha...

  • 27th May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA: A double reshuffle for Ramaphosa this week - in the cabinet and the state power company

Patrick Smith

This week the focus is on Pretoria on the next moves for the newly-inaugurated President Cyril Ramaphosa and then to Malawi where the courts have given President Mutharikaelection victory. Moscow has been hosting Denis Sassou-Nguesso, the veteran leader o...

  • 21st May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA: The politics of graft is centre-stage with ex-President Zuma back in court as chief of new anti-corruption force is appointed

Patrick Smith

We start in Pretoria where newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to announce his cabinet but to the north, the forex crisis in Zimbabweis getting worse. Incumbent President Peter Mutharika is facing the fight of his life in Malawi's elections and...

  • 16th May 2019

Nigeria's chief financial juggler rides again

Blue Lines

On what criteria is Godwin Emefiele, the mild-mannered governor of Nigeria's central bank, about to be given a second term in the job? Although Emefiele is in President Muhammadu Buhari's government, which is meant to be fighting corruption, he has little...

  • 14th May 2019

The week ahead in Africa: South Africa, Angola, Nigeria, Togo, Zambia

Patrick Smith

We start with the aftermath of last week's elections in South Africa and then to neighbouring Angola where the relatively new head of the state oil company has been sacked. In Nigeria there are ambiguous signs about the government's willingness to crack d...

  • 7th May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA: Voters to judge Ramaphosa's credibility on jobs, anti-graft and curbing inequality

Patrick Smith

This week, South Africa prepares for landmark elections on 8 May and Sudan edges towards a power-sharing transitional government. There is another alert in Tanzania after a critic of the President goes missing and another delay in the plans for a national...

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