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Published 17th December 1999

Vol 40 No 25


Going for broke

Civil service chief Leakey's anti-corruption drive could bring in just enough aid to rescue the government

Kenya is almost broke. And the International Monetary Fund, which has been expertly teased with promises of reform by President Daniel arap Moi's government several times before, is thinking about restarting the flow of aid. On 16 December, as we went to press, an IMF board meeting was to consider reopening negotiations (with several provisos) on US$175 million of low-interest credits under its Poverty Reduction and Growth (formerly Structural Adjustment) facility. An IMF deal could trigger a further $250 mn. of credits from the World Bank and bilateral donors.

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To enliven Kenya's official anti-corruption campaign comes the bizarre saga of the cellular telephone licences. The licence to operate a second cellular system was awarded last mon...

Dealing with dissenters

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President Mbeki is hugging some of his enemies - and shunning others

A ruling party with a huge majority may not really need to crush its political opponents. Yet President Thabo Mbeki is squeezing as hard as he can the only possible rivals to his A...

Obiang's heritage

Succession talk could spark political change in Africa's newest emirate

The government goes on denying that the President is gravely ill but speculation continues. When President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo met his Nigerian counterpart, Olusegun Obas...

Advantage Kigali

The government has won its latest row with the UN over genocide trials

Tracking down the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide continues to dominate Rwandan politics. At home, an anti-corruption drive is running alongside fresh allegations of complicity i...


Vice-President Paul Kagame is said to be seething after four of Rwanda's best footballers, including team Captain Jean-Paul Nsengiyunva, absconded while on tour in Germany.



The loss of six zeros from the kwanza reajustado this month will sharply reduce the number of millionaires in Angola.


Allegations of Ugandan complicity in supplying arms to the União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola rebels are always met with flat denials from President Y...

Brussels dawn

It was dawn in Brussels on 9 December when ministers from the European Union and the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) nations wearily ended their negotiations. They had failed to ...