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Published 20th October 2006

Vol 47 No 21


Kenya

The anti-corruption collapse

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The failure of Justice Ringera's investigations reinforces the growing criminalisation of the state

Attorney General Amos Wako's dismissal of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission's (KACC) investigation into five state contracts will effectively block the cases until after next year's national elections. It was clear that these contracts and the Anglo-Leasing passport scandal, which prompted the dismissal of three of President Mwai Kibaki's Ministers, Chris Murungaru (Security and Transport), Kiraitu Murungi (Justice and Energy) and David Mwiraria (Finance), had become the government's biggest political liability and a symbol of its failure to tackle corruption.


Brothers in Armenia

The report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the activities of the so-called Armenian brothers - Artur Margaryan and Artur Sargasyan - uncovers a pattern of fraud and ...


The Titanic sails at dawn

The opposition offered its voters refuge on Noah's Ark, but it sank and Mwanawasa is back

The polls were wrong and Michael Sata lost to incumbent President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, whose solid 42 per cent of the vote came overwhelmingly from rural areas. In some large to...



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THE INSIDE VIEW

Welcome to the new 12-page Africa Confidential. The time is right for expansion. Elections and key party congresses are due in many of Africa’s biggest countries in the next 18 months, and the outcomes will decide the shape of the continent’s leadership over the next five years. The current boost to African growth, the strongest since the late 1970s, is fuelled by commodity demand from India and China, which are establishing new trade and investment routes. Africa is also attracting fast-g...
Welcome to the new 12-page Africa Confidential. The time is right for expansion. Elections and key party congresses are due in many of Africa’s biggest countries in the next 18 months, and the outcomes will decide the shape of the continent’s leadership over the next five years. The current boost to African growth, the strongest since the late 1970s, is fuelled by commodity demand from India and China, which are establishing new trade and investment routes. Africa is also attracting fast-growing private funds, which are buying equities and treasury bills in what some see as the emerging markets’ last frontier. The USA’s war on terror – with deployments in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel and along West Africa’s seaboard – and the new economic power of Asia echo the Cold War era, when African regimes played off one side against the other. One positive sign is the new political activism that demands more accountability and better governance. For every anti-corruption movement that is closed down, more spring up, determined to check commercial and political abuses. Whatever their successes, our pages will be full of the inside stories.
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As the net closes in on those state governors accused of corruption and fraud, President Olusegun Obasanjo's position has strengthened markedly against his Vice-President Atiku Abu...


Who is eligible to vote?

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No EASSY rider

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The ANC's toughest election yet

It will be the fiercest-fought election the African National Congress has faced since coming to power in 2004

Even the most conservative African National Congress activists admit that a schism has developed in the party between supporters of President Thabo Mbeki and those of sacked Deputy...


Diamonds, gold and guns

Both sides in the divided country exploit the underground economy to pay for fresh weapons

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No man an island

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan wanted to resolve a 35-year old territorial dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon before his tenure ends. That looks doubtful. The...


Diamond dollars

Diamonds slip through the export ban imposed on Côte d'Ivoire last year. Many are now routed through Ghana. Production is estimated at between 114,000 and 214,000 carats, c...



Pointers

Kobi's refuge

Former Chief Executive of United States-based Comverse Inc. Jacob 'Kobi' Alexander was arrested in Windhoek on 27 September on an Interpol warrant but he has formed some powerful b...


Riek's battalion

The government of Southern Sudan has finally deployed a battalion of the Sudan People's Liberation Army to the assembly area that 800 Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters abandone...


Toxic trials

International oil traders Trafigura's Chief Executive, Claude Dauphin, and his West Africa Manager Jean-Pierre Valentini remain in Abidjan's high-security Maison d'Arrêt et d...


Contretemps

The rivalry between the African Union (AU) and the New Programme for Africa's Economic Development (NePAD) resurfaced at a conference on China in Africa, organised by the South Afr...


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