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As President Kenyatta heads for victory, the opposition claims skulduggery in the country’s high-tech election

After preliminary results had given President Uhuru Kenyatta 54.2% of votes, 1.4 million more than challenger Raila Odinga on 44.9%, in the 8 August presidential election, final results were due to be announced today (11 August) amid opposition claims of massive fraud. Tensions are rising in opposition-supporting areas of western Kenya, in poor parts of Nairobi such as Kibera, as well as in Odinga's stronghold of Kisumu.


All at sea over migration

A row over a deal between Rome and Tripoli to police the Mediterranean points to deepening divisions on migration in Africa and Europe

An Italian operation backing efforts by the Libyan coastguard to intercept ships carrying migrants across the Mediterranean risks widening the political fight between the country's...


Desperate for a diamond fix

After three years outside the international market, the government is anxious to return, even though the gems could be profiting the militias

Diamond exports from Central African Republic totalled $60 million in 2012, close to 20% of the government's entire revenue of $335 mn., and half its total exports. This is the pri...


Murder most foul

Pic: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS

A horrifying assassination has set the country on edge just days before an already tense general election

It was a political killing in the country's worst tradition. Musalia Mudavadi, a joint leader of the opposition, called it 'a dagger into the heart of Kenyan democracy' and Preside...

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Battle of the opinion polls

Two leading voter surveys disagree over the winner of the presidential election and a climate of fear is spreading

More than most electorates, Kenyans take opinion polls seriously. That might have been a bigger problem if there were a consensus among pollsters about the winner. Opinion polls ca...


Trading places and faces

A web of commodity, oil and property companies face growing scrutiny as Nigerian and British investigators collaborate

As Britain's long-running investigations into Nigerian former Oil Minister Diezani Allison-Madueke move towards a finale in October, they have now snagged a clutch of ambitious Nig...


Letting a crisis go to waste

President Buhari's supporters insist he's about to take back the reins of office and all bets are off for the 2019 election

Politicians from Chicago to China insist that lurking behind every crisis is an opportunity. Nigeria has been putting that adage to the test, first with the crashing oil prices and...


Donors risk funding a fix

The ruling party is laying the groundwork for using biometric technology to help it rig the result of the next election

High hopes for biometric electoral registration, which should be in place before the 2018 elections, may well be misplaced, Africa Confidential can reveal. Leaders of the Zimbabwe ...


Court in the cross-fire

The country's most senior judges are under assault from commentators who suspect them of siding with the government

The Constitutional Court faces harsh criticism for a perceived bias towards President Edgar Lungu and for reversing its decisions after he and members of the governing Patriotic Fr...


ANC dilemma deepens

The ruling party is under growing pressure to decide between its leader and its future

As South Africa's political crisis deepens ahead of the no-confidence motion vote aimed at ousting President Jacob Zuma on 8 August, a broad front of civil society organisations is...


After Ellen

Presidential hopefuls are finding it difficult to get their message heard in a crowded field of twenty candidates

Officially, campaigning for the seat shortly to be vacated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa's first female President and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, began on 31 July. Y...


Who loves ya, BBY?

Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne declared on 1 August that the presidential coalition Benno Bokk Yakaar, which he managed, had swept the electoral board, taking 42 of S...


No licence to drill

African Petroleum Corporation Limited, founded by Vasile 'Frank' Timis, risks losing its foothold in Gambia's growing oil and gas sector after failing to renew the exploration lice...


A landslide foretold

Paul Kagame greets his supporters at a presidential campaign rally in Ruhango on July 14, 2017. Pic: Lyu Tianran/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

President Kagame’s victory next month is assured. Of greater interest is how he will achieve it and his policies towards the regional flashpoints

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Magufuli's law

Mining companies hold their breath as the government introduces a radical new legal regime for the industry  


Reforms stall as unrest eases

The wave of revolt has run out of steam and with it the momentum for reform. Yet resentment lingers and political challenges abound


Killing fields in the Rift Valley

A herder collects water for his cattle in Laikipia County. Pic: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

Pastoralists in cahoots with unscrupulous politicians are invading farms in the Northern Rift, using violence for political gain in the coming elections