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Confidentially Speaking · 1d ago

Critics targeted in Maputo

Mozambican journalist and lawyer Ericino de Salema was kidnapped in broad daylight in the capital Maputo on 27 March, beaten unconscious and abandoned by the roadside with severely fractured...
Confidentially Speaking · 1W ago

NIGERIA: After a mini-national tour and exhortations from his loyalists, President Buhari seeks second term

The news agenda this week starts with President Muhammadu Buhari's announcement that he will seek a second term in Nigeria's elections next year but the outlook remains extremely uncertain. ...
Confidentially Speaking · 2W ago

Furore over Ghana's US military deal

A defence agreement between the New Patriotic Party government and the United States has outraged some nationalists and boosted the opposition National Democratic Congress.The deal gives the...
Confidentially Speaking · 2W ago

SOUTH AFRICA: National mourning for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela galvanises radicals as government tries balancing act

This week we start in Soweto where mourners are assembling after the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela yesterday (2 April). And then to Addis Ababa, where there are hopes that the new Prime...
Confidentially Speaking · 4W ago

Africa's common market

The build-up was as impressive as the goal is ambitious. After three years of talks, Africa is to form a Free Trade area for 54 countries and over 1.2 billion people. All signatory countries...
Confidentially Speaking · 1M ago

SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa reforms take off with Zuma's trial, Moyane suspended from tax authority and purge of state firms

This week we start with the prospects for President Cyril Ramaphosa's reforms in South Africa and then the chances of a deal between Mozambique and its commercial creditors. Still in Souther...
Confidentially Speaking · 1M ago

AFRICA/UNITED STATES: After security talks and a bout of illness, Secretary Tillerson returns early to Washington DC to be sacked

As the week opens United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic career seems to have ended after a brief swing through Africa. Partisans on both sides of the divide in Kenya ar...
Confidentially Speaking · 1M ago

Tough talking Tillerson's tour

Rex Tillerson, Washington's Secretary of State, started his swing on 6 March through Africa – Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Nigeria and Chad – with a bellicose warning to China over its regiona...
Confidentially Speaking · 1M ago

SIERRA LEONE: Will Candidate Yumkella break the duopoly in the elections on 7 March?

This week it's the Sierra Leone elections, the Tillerson tour, choosing Ethiopia's new prime minister and progress in fixing Ghana's spat with the International Monetary Fund.SIERRA LEONE: W...
Confidentially Speaking · 1M ago

NIGERIA: Buhari calls new kidnapping of girl students in Yobe State a 'national disaster'

This week we reflect on an apparent replay of the 2014 tragedy in which armed militants abducted dozens of girl students in northern Nigeria. Then to South Africa, where speculation intensif...