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  • 13th September 2018

Nigeria's Graft Domestic Product

Blue Lines

In time for the start of the election campaign season, Matthew Page of Chatham House has produced a compelling analysis of the 'Taxonomy for Corruption in Nigeria' for the Carnegie Foundation. Page offers a detailed guide to the types and mechanics of cor...

  • 4th September 2018

CHINA/AFRICA: President Xi Jinping wins battle of the suitors with his second pledge of US$60 billion funding package this year

Patrick Smith

We start at the Africa mega-summit in Beijing before moving swiftly onto the contest for Nigeria's presidency next year. In Uganda, opposition to President Yoweri Museveni is growing after two opposition MPs claim they were tortured by state security. And...

  • 30th August 2018

The world courts Africa

Blue Lines

For a few weeks Africa is shrugging off its marginal role in international affairs.After the tours of Africa by China's President Xi Jinping and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in mid-year, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor A...

  • 14th August 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: Fillip for anti-corruption drive as Ramaphosa chooses new chief public prosecutor after court sacks Zuma's ally

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Johannesburg with the Constitutional Court order to dismiss the top prosecutor and then to Harare where Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court is considering the opposition's petition against last month's presidential election. Then, to Mal...

  • 9th August 2018

Opposition challenges Mnangagwa's victory lap

Blue Lines

Emmerson Mnangagwa is sending out invitations to his inauguration on 12 August. That shows how much confidence he has that the judges of the Constitutional Court will throw out a challenge to the results which gave him 50.8% of the votes, avoiding a run-o...

  • 7th August 2018

NIGERIA: Vice-President Osinbajo sacks spy chief after security officers blockade parliament and the ruling party's crisis deepens

Patrick Smith

This week, the action starts in Abuja where the ruling party is splitting at the seams, and then to Harare where its counterpart is celebrating an election victory no one else believes in. In Accra, President Akufo-Addo has just sacked his energy minister...

  • 31st July 2018

ZIMBABWE: Both sides claim victory in elections after Mugabe attacks Mnangagwa and endorses oppositionist Chamisa

Patrick Smith

This week, it's votes galore – national elections in Zimbabwe and Mali, and a constitutional referendum in the Comoros. All of them are high-stakes votes whose effects will reverberate beyond national boundaries. And as the debt crisis deepens in Zambia, ...

  • 26th July 2018

Anglophone revolt threatens Biya's seventh presidential bid

Blue Lines

It is the conflict that gets conveniently buried, by the African Union, by its neighbour Nigeria and by the UN. Yet the deepening rebellion in western Cameroon against President Paul Biya's regime could explode his bid, announced last week, for a seventh ...

  • 24th July 2018

ZIMBABWE: Fresh row over voting rules as opinion polls point to tightening race

Patrick Smith

This week, Zimbabwe's elections due on 30 July top the political agenda, while business groups consider the commercial implications of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's reforms in Ethiopia. There was high drama in the Nigerian capital this morning (24 July) whi...

  • 16th July 2018

ERITREA/ETHIOPIA: President Issayas's historic visit to Addis Ababa leaves some tough questions about the pace of rapprochement

Patrick Smith

More dramatic developments in Ethiopia this week, with the arrival of Eritrea's President Issayas in Addis Ababa. Kayode Fayemi's victory in the Ekiti State governorship election boosts the Buhari government and is a blow to opposition plans. Despite the ...

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