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  • 29th August 2017

KENYA: Opposition demands access to election computers as court case heats up ahead of 1 September deadline

Patrick Smith

We start this week with a couple of election disputes – in Angola and Kenya. In both cases, opposition candidates allege fraud by the national electoral commission, but few expect either result to be overturned. Congo-Kinshasa is back on the radar, with t...

  • 24th August 2017

Buhari's quiet return

Blue Lines

After three months' medical leave, President Muhammadu Buhari's return to Abuja on 19 August has failed to inject a new spirit of dynamism into government business.A cabinet meeting planned for 23 August was cancelled at short notice. That was, we were to...

  • 21st August 2017

SIERRA LEONE: More heavy rain forecast this week after over 500 killed and missing in Freetown landslide

Patrick Smith

We start in Freetown where rescue workers are trying to prevent more loss of life with renewed downpours expected this week and in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari is back on-seat and addressing the country on security matters. In Angola, the MPLA, heade...

  • 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...

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