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  • 20th August 2019

The week ahead in Africa: Sudan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa

Patrick Smith

This week we start with a new government in Sudan, then one in Nigeria, and then to Zimbabwe's economic and political crises. The propaganda battle over China's Huawei intensifies, new warnings about the severity of Southern Africa's drought and a controv...

  • 12th August 2019

The week ahead in Africa: AFRICA'S POWER SUMMIT: Ramaphosa invites Buhari to Pretoria in October for trade and security talks and the inauguration of a bilateral commission

Patrick Smith

This week a Nigeria-South Africasummit is in prospect, a new power-sharing government in Sudan, and more mining rows. Also ahead, big protests loom in Zimbabwe, opposition complaints about the election come to court in Malawi, and yet more presidential co...

  • 8th August 2019

Opposition protests target economic crash

Blue Lines

The first reaction to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change's plans to mount national protests next week against Zimbabwe's economic meltdown might be: what took them so long?It also follows the last wave of protests in January when the MDC lagged...

  • 5th August 2019

The week ahead in Africa: Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Tunisia

Patrick Smith

This week we have another step towards a political transition in Sudan, a surprise presidential contender in Kenya, a storm in Nigeria over the arrest of a protest leader and another in Tanzania over a journalist's detention. Zimbabwe's Finance Minister t...

  • 30th July 2019

The week ahead in Africa: East Africa, IMF, South Africa, Congo-K, Britain/UN

Patrick Smith

We start in the Hague, where the International Court of Justice is to rule on a key East African maritime border dispute, and then to Washington for the election of a new IMF chief. Then our correspondents take in land reform in South Africa, the new gove...

  • 25th July 2019

World will be wary of Johnson

Blue Lines

Boris Johnson took over as Britain's Prime Minister on 24 July after easily beating former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt for the leadership of the ruling Conservative party. A Johnson premiership raises the prospects of Britain leaving the European Union ...

  • 22nd July 2019

The week ahead in Africa: Kenya, South Africa, African football, Tanzania, Africa/China, Israel/Uganda

Patrick Smith

We start with the dramatic charging of top finance ministry officials in Nairobi, and then head towards South Africa's politicised legal dramas pitting two presidents and their proxies against each other. A new mining deal in Tanzania could boost resource...

  • 15th July 2019

SOUTH AFRICA: The fight for the ANC will play out this week as ex-President Zuma takes stand at the Zondo commission

Patrick Smith

This week we start with an inquisition in Johannesburg and then fly up to Nairobi where Deputy President William Ruto's political plans are under fire. In Nigeria, the government might change or even drop its fuel subsidy which is coming under growing att...

  • 11th July 2019

Africa makes trade peace not war

Blue Lines

Disbelief was ostentatiously suspended when heads of state gathered at the African Union summit in Niamey to proclaim a new era of cooperation with the full launching of the African continental free trade area (ACFTA) on 8 July. After winning over Nigeria...

  • 9th July 2019

The week ahead in Africa: ACFTA, Sudan, Nigeria, Tanzania, Telecoms, Cameroon

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Niamey with economic history in the making and then to Khartoum where activists are demanding a political breakthrough. Although the new government is yet to be announced in Nigeria, state regulators are taking a tougher line and in ...

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