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Published 25th August 2006

Vol 47 No 17


A political resurrection

A slew of by-election victories and a vigourous political roadshow have boosted President Kibaki's chances of success next year

Suddenly President Mwai Kibaki's political fortunes are looking up again, and the idea of him running for re-election next year looks less ludicrous. Back in January his government looked shipwrecked, facing a daily deluge of press allegations of complicity in grand corruption, fuelled by an inside report from its own former anti-corruption czar John Githongo. And it was still reeling from its defeat in last November's constitutional referendum.

Zapping the zeroes

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Despite a chaotic currency change, its architect Gideon Gono remains the President's close ally

Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono has decided to slash three zeroes from the amount printed on currency notes and issue new notes in a bid to tackle the world's fastest shrinking e...

Starter's orders

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President Mwanawasa remains ahead of his rival Sata in next month's presidential vote

When Chief Justice Ernest Sakala closed the presidential nominations for the 28 September elections, five candidates were on the starting line. In order of strength they are: incum...

Sam and the successors

New proposals for constitutional change will reopen the battle for the presidency

A national referendum could pave the way for a return to power by Namibia's founding President, the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) leader Sam Nujoma. President Hi...

The real rebels

Western and African diplomats lose the plot as a new opposition alliance emerges

African Union and Western diplomatic strategy is being outpaced by military and political changes in Darfur. Their absolutist support for May's badly flawed Darfur Peace Agreement ...

Presidential hopefuls take to the road

Kenyan politics is based on ethnic and regional support. No party can win outright, yet most presidential hopefuls dislike the notion of coalitions. With national elections jus...

Cabinda dreaming

The fight for Cabindan independence is being put to bed by the Luanda regime

António Bento Bembe is an unlikely peacemaker. Apparently representing both the rebel Frente de Libertação do Enclave de Cabinda (FLEC) and the umbrella F&oacu...


Countdown for Conté

After almost a week of 'medical checks' in Switzerland, President Lansana Conté's quiet return on 17 August was marked only by a brief statement, without pictures, on state ...

Troubled talks

The UN Security Council and aid agencies are taking a more pragmatic approach to the talks between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in South Sudan's capi...