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Another domino falls to the military

After a day of shooting in the capital, Lt Col Damiba takes over brandishing a resignation letter from the ousted leader

The military takeover in Ouagadougou, the third in West Africa in a year, is a challenge to neighbouring governments, especially Niger, and the region's wider security strategy. In different ways, jihadist insurgents linked to Al Qaida and Da'ish (Islamic State or ISIS) and the Wagner Group have been boosted by the fall of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré's government on 24 January.


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Chakwera makes a clean sweep of his cabinet

After protestors hit the streets accusing the government of betraying its promises to end corruption, the President tries an emergency reshuffle

Rather than sack his ministers facing criminal charges, President Lazarus Chakwera dismissed his entire cabinet on 24 January and promised to name a new one within 48 hours. He sin...

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Fraud furore engulfs Chakwera

Lazarus Chakwera. Pic: @LAZARUSCHAKWERA
Lazarus Chakwera. Pic: @LAZARUSCHAKWERA

A scam involving ministers and UK businesses is causing public fury and dismay at the President's handling of the case

Accusations of procurement corruption, fraud and bribery are gripping the public and damaging the image of President Lazarus Chakwera, a strong critic of his predecessors over graf...


In search of flagbearers

Bola Tinubu. Pic: @TinubuOnDStreet
Bola Tinubu. Pic: @TinubuOnDStreet

The ruling party begins the tortuous and divisive task of choosing its presidential candidate for the 2023 elections

On 26 February the ruling All Progressives' Congress (APC) will hold its national convention in Abuja to choose its top officials and set a schedule for the primary elections to pi...


Lindiwe throws a designer hat in the ring

Lindiwe Sisulu. Pic: GCIS (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Lindiwe Sisulu. Pic: GCIS (CC BY-ND 2.0)

With a carefully structured online tirade, the Tourism Minister puts in her bid for the leadership of the African National Congress

A startling attack on the constitution and the judiciary by a senior minister in President Cyril Ramaphosa's cabinet is the opening shot in a bid to replace the reformist leader wi...


Dismissal could herald regime shake-up

The firing of a minister under international sanctions may be the start of a wider-ranging reshuffle within the ruling party

The dismissal this month of security minister Owen Ncube, who earned notoriety for his ties to a militia as well as for a bloody crackdown on protestors, has prompted speculation a...


The politics of division

Kenya Parliament, Nairobi. Pic: malajscy / stock.adobe.com
Kenya Parliament, Nairobi. Pic: malajscy / stock.adobe.com

Polarised parliamentary battles on an elections bill reflect starker ethnic divisions within the country at large

After filibusters and fisticuffs in parliament before Christmas, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his chosen successor Raila Odinga got what they wanted on 8 January, when the National...


After concessions, rival armies fight on

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Copyright © Africa Confidential 2022

Addis Ababa released some prisoners and Tigray proposed a ceasefire. But despite weakened forces, there is little prospect of negotiations

The slowing of military operations follows 14 months of fighting which have inflicted heavy losses on both the Federal army and the Tigray forces and killed thousands of civilians....

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War dogs' old tricks

Yevgeny Prigozhin. Pic: Mikhail Metzel/TASS/Alamy
Yevgeny Prigozhin. Pic: Mikhail Metzel/TASS/Alamy

Mali can learn what to expect from Russian mercenaries by looking at their playbook from the Central African Republic

As Russian mercenaries deploy to Mali to combat Islamist insurgents, the country can expect to be forced to pay an escalating bill, on top of seeing the operatives take over valuab...


At each other's throats

Macky Sall. Pic: GCIS (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Macky Sall. Pic: GCIS (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Municipal polls will be a test for the opposition, even as political ambitions divide the ruling party

Dakar will be the big electoral prize on Sunday, when voters elect municipal and departmental councillors in the first local polls in eight years. Control of the capital will deliv...


World Bank's hidden charges

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Norway's Auditor-General has uncovered millions of dollars in hidden administrative costs after probing a US$100 million grant to Uganda. The grant was from the Global Partnership ...


Oil-sharing deal fires up row

Macky Sall welcomes Umaro Sissoco Embaló. Pic: Présidence Sénégal / Papa Matar Diop
Macky Sall welcomes Umaro Sissoco Embaló. Pic: Présidence Sénégal / Papa Matar Diop

When Senegal's former economy minister Amadou Hott visited Bissau last October, he sparked a furore by telling journalists about a secret deal to distribute revenues that might acc...


Club of rivals

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Pic: Mauro Rodrigues / stock.adobe.com

A successful club always attracts new members. That appears to be the rationale behind Congo-Kinshasa being fast-tracked to become the latest member of the East African Community i...


General warning for Burhan

Abdel Fattah al Burhan. Pic: Mohamed Khidir/Xinhua/Alamy
Abdel Fattah al Burhan. Pic: Mohamed Khidir/Xinhua/Alamy

Over 40 retired officers, including several former generals, have written to military leader General Abdel Fattah al Burhan warning that his position is weakening in the face of ma...


A moment of reckoning for the gilded elite

Mahe Island, Seychelles. Pic: jovannig / stock.adobe.com
Mahe Island, Seychelles. Pic: jovannig / stock.adobe.com

After lengthy anti-corruption investigations, a former first lady, an ex-finance minister and their business allies face trial

When former president Albert René died in 2019, his opponents said it was a pity he never stood trial for corruption. Notoriously ruthless, he ruled the islands as a one-par...


Kapofi sparks outrage over genocide deal

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Pic: Oleksii / stock.adobe.com

The SWAPO government's defence of Berlin's compensation offer for its troops' genocide against the Herero and Nama fuels opposition, raising questions about a new hydrogen deal

Anger about the May 2021 genocide 'reconciliation' with Germany – under which Berlin is due to pay Namibia just €1.1 billion (US$1.3bn) over 30 years for its colonial ma...


Living in limboland

Abdelmajid Tebboune. Pic: Xinhua / Alamy
Abdelmajid Tebboune. Pic: Xinhua / Alamy

The military-backed clean-up and stronger export earnings are unlikely to help the economy. Reform is promised but structural change is unlikely


A praetorian transition

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Abdalla Hamdok. Pic: IHA (CC BY 2.0)

The battle between the generals and the resistance committees is intensifying after the exit of Prime Minister Hamdok


Sisi seeks security

Abdel Fattah el Sisi. Pic: sis.gov.eg
Abdel Fattah el Sisi. Pic: sis.gov.eg

Facing little opposition at home, the President is keen to boost his standing as a regional player


Moscow guns for African gold

Russia-Africa Summit, Sochi, October 2019. Pic: GovernmentZA (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Russia-Africa Summit, Sochi, October 2019. Pic: GovernmentZA (CC BY-ND 2.0)

At this year’s summit, Putin has to offer African officials a better reason than mercenaries to switch allegiance from their traditional allies


Hichilema enjoys a honeymoon

Hakainde Hichilema in the National Assembly. Pic: Chalo Chatu Public domain
Hakainde Hichilema in the National Assembly. Pic: Chalo Chatu Public domain

Buoyed by strong local and international backing, the new government targets progress on debt and social policy


Not letting go

Colonel Assimi Goïta and Bah N'Daw attend inauguration ceremony, Bamako, 25 September 25, 2020. Pic: Amadou Keita / Reuters / Alamy
Colonel Assimi Goïta and Bah N'Daw attend inauguration ceremony, Bamako, 25 September 25, 2020. Pic: Amadou Keita / Reuters / Alamy

Hanging on to power, the junta is using Russian mercenaries to counter regional pressure for elections