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Farm-downs and cash-cows



Despite a massive oil find over ten years ago, inter-company disputes, and wrangles over taxation and a refinery are still slowing progress

Late last year, President Yoweri Museveni directed his technocrats and the oil companies to start production in two years. It's going to take more than State House decrees to get the job done, however, even though 2020 would be perfect timing for the President. By then Parliament should have removed the age limit on candidates, and Museveni could go into the 2021 elections as the leader of an oil-producing nation, with all the increase in geopolitical clout and largesse oil involves.


Migrants rock the summit boat

The African-European summit was meant to be all about youth opportunity, but the migration crisis refused to move down the agenda

The official theme of the fifth European Union-African Union joint summit in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, which ended yesterday (30 November), was 'Investing in Youth'. Instead, footag...


Hopes and fears for the new old guard

Pastor Evan Mawarire. Pic: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

After deftly organising Mugabe's exit and Mnangagwa's accession, the ruling party sees no reason to make concessions to its opponents

When Pastor Evan Mawarire, founder of the #ThisFlag movement, walked free from the Harare High Court on 29 November having been acquitted on charges of trying to overthrow Presiden...

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Destruction in his wake

The new regime's biggest job is to revive the disastrous economy. Job creation and debt relief head a long list of urgent tasks

It was new President Emmerson Mnangagwa's promise of 'jobs, jobs and jobs' that raised the loudest cheers on 22 November at the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Fro...


Fraud claims fail to convince

The establishment parties want an election re-run to stop George Weah, but it's putting them at odds with President Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia's Supreme Court has acceded to claims by four major political parties – including the governing Unity Party – that there was fraud during the first round of the...


Banda’s Faustian pact

Ex-President Banda has offered to pull President Mutharika's political chestnuts from the fire in return for immunity from prosecution

Facing myriad corruption charges from her time as head of state, ex-President Joyce Banda has held out an olive branch to her bitter rival, President Peter Mutharika, from her self...


The countdown begins

Campaigning for the ANC presidential nomination is reaching its peak as lobbies for the main rivals release early tallies

With barely two weeks to go before the crucial African National Congress elective conference on 16-20 December in Johannesburg, supporters of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma claim they are ...


Slippage, not suffrage

A fresh election timetable should signal President Kabila's impending exit – but could end up as just the latest in a series of delays

The electoral commission (Commission électorale nationale indépendante – CENI) has finally published a calendar fixing polls for the presidency, the national and state parlia...


Dos Santos clan targeted

The President is dismantling the power of the former first family but there is a thirst for the clean-up to go further

It took less than two months in office for President João Lourenço to take a direct swipe at Isabel dos Santos, Africa's richest woman and the daughter of his predecessor, José Ed...


A homemade disaster

Toothless state agencies, illegal quarrying and government inaction sowed the seeds of August's deadly mudslide

The government now acknowledges that more than 1,000 people were killed in Freetown when a massive chunk of Mount Sugar Loaf, long degraded by illegal construction and blasting, sl...


Macron woos Ouaga

Youth, employment, migration, terrorism: President Emmanuel Macron of France hit all the right buttons during his speech at the University of Ouagadougou, where he showed his youth...


Bibi goes vote shopping

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems determined to revive his planned Africa-Israel Summit. The event, due to take place in Togo in September, had to be abandoned in th...


Unpacking Raila's resistance

As the country simmers after its election re-run, churchmen take to diplomacy – and politicians to the street and social media


Buried in the wreckage

The 14 October bomb is still causing aftershocks, exposing fault lines in the government's approach and a lack of political purpose 


Whose aid is it anyway?

Britain is leading the charge to redefine aid to include spending on the military and migration controls as well as subsidies to business


Counting on the counties

Hopes are high that however dangerous national politics may be, regional government will reduce ethnic and economic tension


Militants turn the screw

Secessionists and Delta rebels are gaining support as Abuja and the oil giants fail to answer for lingering effects of the oil curse