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  • 14th August 2017

KENYA: Questions remain over election but opposition challenge to Kenyatta win loses steam

Patrick Smith

We start this week with the smouldering aftermath of Kenya's elections last week, and then to moves by President Jacob Zuma and his allies in South Africa to hit back at dissidents in the governing party. A lethal attack on a restaurant in the capital of ...

  • 8th August 2017

KENYA: Family rivalries and a high-stakes election will test institutions and technology

Patrick Smith

We start this week with a couple of high-stakes votes – one in Kenya and one in South Africa. Then we have some insight on an impromptu secret meeting in Zimbabwe, some reservations about the grand pipeline plans in Uganda and Tanzania, and a look at econ...

  • 3rd August 2017

An August full of elections

Blue Lines

As Americans and Europeans prepare for their holidays, tens of millions of Africans prepare for elections this month while hundreds of millions more watch closely. Without prejudging the outcomes, democrats and civil rights activists are coming under heav...

  • 31st July 2017

KENYA: Security threats growing ahead of next week's election

Patrick Smith

We start in election land – namely Kenya and Rwanda, which are holding elections in the coming week, and Senegal, which held parliamentary elections on 30 July. Then to Ghana where the newish government of President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo has been chalking ...

  • 24th July 2017

NIGERIA: Buhari is 'set to return home' after appearing in new pictures with State governors

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Abuja House – the one in London where President Muhammadu Buhari has been staying for the past two months. Then to Kinshasa where Congo's opposition is planning to step up protests against sit-tight President Joseph Kabila. And in Ca...

  • 20th July 2017

Holding companies to account

Blue Lines

The list of international companies getting snarled in battles about fraud and politics in Africa has lengthened this year to include hitherto more pristine names, such as McKinsey, KPMG and Germany's SAP software company. They have all been named in the ...

  • 17th July 2017

NIGERIA/UNITED STATES: US prosecutors accuse ex-oil minister of taking bribes for fraudulent contracts

Patrick Smith

Our tour this week starts in Houston, where an assets seizure case could invigorate Nigeria's anti-corruption investigations. Still on anti-corruption, the International Monetary Fund has arrived in Mozambique to assess the damage caused by the US$2 billi...

  • 10th July 2017

KENYA: Row between President Kenyatta and judges heats up after election ballot ruling

Patrick Smith

We start with another election ruling by Kenya's High Court which is pitting the Chief Justice David Maraga against President Uhuru Kenyatta. Then we look at the row in Zimbabwe over a US$120 million maize subsidy scheme and the latest multinational compa...

  • 6th July 2017

Unanswered questions at the African Union

Blue Lines

It was 'noises off' that dominated the first summit of the African Union under its new Commission Chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on 3-4 July. As Chad's veteran Foreign Minister, it was hoped that he would be able to make progress on the continent's multip...

  • 3rd July 2017

AFRICAN UNION: Money and peacekeepers top summit agenda

Patrick Smith

We start this week in Addis Ababa for an important but poorly attended summit of the African Union, then take stock of a regional security summit held over the weekend in Bamako. Looking at a big real estate foreclosure linked to a Nigerian oil baron in M...

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