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  • 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...

  • 26th June 2017

KENYA: Opposition applauds court ruling against right of national counting centre to change local results

Patrick Smith

This week there is some important court reporting. First from Nairobi where the Appeal Court has backed an important ruling on vote counting, to the delight of civil society and the opposition. And then to South Africa's Constitutional Court which has mad...

  • 22nd June 2017

Grave danger in Congo

Blue Lines

The storm in Congo-Kinshasa has been gathering for a year and the next six months are likely to prove critical. Warning of grave danger, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, together with former presidents of South Africa and Ni...

  • 20th June 2017

NIGERIA: After the budget is signed, better news about the numbers

Patrick Smith

We start in Nigeria on a rare high note – at least on the economic plane – and then go to Tanzania, where President John Magufuli's government is stepping up his campaign of resource nationalism. In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma is also playing the r...

  • 12th June 2017

AFRICA/EUROPE: After political shocks, a new diplomatic order starts work

Patrick Smith

Political changes in Europe – and their effects on Africa – start the ball rolling this week. And then it's off to Lusaka where the Zambian government is about to ink a new deal with the IMF. In Nigeria, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo's profile could rise h...

  • 8th June 2017

Grey skies for green energy

Blue Lines

Extreme weather amid this week's storms in Western Cape in South Africa and the continuing drought in north-east Africa remind us of the realities of climate change. Cape Town hovers between devastating storms one month and worsening water shortages for t...

  • 5th June 2017

After global protests over Washington's withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty, how will Africa react?

Patrick Smith

We start with the aftermath of the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and its implications for Africa. Then we go to Morocco, where protests are spreading. In South Africa, the relentless drip of information and claims about Presiden...

  • 30th May 2017

TANZANIA: The next test for Magufuli's resource nationalism

Patrick Smith

We start this week with another high-stakes battle between a multinational mining company and an African government, this time in Tanzania. The Ethiopian government is celebrating Tedros Adhanom winning the leadership of the World Health Organisation; and...

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