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The Africa Confidential Blog

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  • 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 ...

  • 2nd July 2019

SUDAN: Critical week for talks on handover to civil rule after military attacks on demonstrators

Patrick Smith

We start in Khartoum where hundreds of thousands of demonstrators braved tear gas and live rounds to press the military to resume talks on the handover to civil rule. In Nigeria, there are concerns about a widening gap in the budget and the need to collec...

  • 27th June 2019

Zimbabwe's bad dollar returns

Blue Lines

The best construction that can be put on the return of the Zimbabwe dollar and the ban on foreign currencies is that its authors wanted to rein in inflation and crack down on the currency trading rackets that gave politically connected businesses access t...

  • 25th June 2019

ETHIOPIA: Failed putsch presents tough choices for Prime Minister Abiy

Patrick Smith

We start in Addis Ababa in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt over the weekend, and then to Zimbabwe where the national dollar makes a comeback. In Nairobi, growing tensions between the President and his Deputy worry the business class. The murk sur...

  • 18th June 2019

NIGERIA/EUROPEAN UNION: Buhari promises consolidation in his second term but faces chorus of criticism on political shortcomings and security crises

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari's goals for his second term which look much like the ones for his first term. And then to East Africa where a temporary reopening of a key crossing point between Rwanda and Uganda has done little...

  • 13th June 2019

Kagame, border-basher

Blue Lines

Whether the aims behind President Paul Kagame's closure of Gatuna (Ugandans call it Katuna), Rwanda's busiest border crossing with Uganda in February, were diplomatic, commercial or security, it seems to have failed on all counts. Although Kagame complain...

  • 11th June 2019

SUDAN: Opposition pushes ahead with general strike as junta targets civil servants and activists

Patrick Smith

We start in Sudan where pro-democracy activists have launched a civil disobedience campaign against the junta and then to Zimbabwe where the government is promising a new dollar. In Algeria, activists want to see the Bouteflika political class exit en mas...

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