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N°1368 - Paris, 22/11/2013
- DJIBOUTI -
Tension could go up a notch
- SOMALIA -
Farah Abdulkadir eliminates Abdi Shirdon
Editor in Chief
Hassan Sheikh’s building already ablaze
Just as differences over Jubaland seemed to be calming down a little, the tension that has been simmering for a while between President Hassan Sheikh Mahmud and Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon moved up a notch at the beginning of November.
Chinese in cement in strength
While Cimentos de Potugal (Cimpor, acquired in 2012 by the Brazilian firm Camargo Corrêa) is raising its production capacity in Dondo (south Mozambique) and the Pakistani company D.
POLITICS & POWER
Petty crime warning
Several agents in the French embassy have been victims of theft and violent aggression during the last few days. The First Counsellor Jérôme Bresson reminded his fellow countrymen of this in an email dated 20 November.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The services of the Mozambican ministry for natural resources are planning to attribute two new mining prospecting licences to Dingane Abreu Mamadhusen, one of the sons of Alcinda Abreu, the environment minister.
Dar es Salaam
Canada is very interested in training managers in the mining sector in developing countries.
One of the oddities the Djibouti authorities found in résumé of Lotfi Otmani, the short-lived managing director of Banque pour le commerce et l’industrie-Mer Rouge (BCIMR, a subsidiary of the French bank BRED) who has just left his job (read here) concerns the period 2006-2010.
Despite his contacts during the recent Africa-Arab Summit in Kuwait, President Uhuru Kenyatta did not manage to convince Arab leaders to help him avoid his forthcoming trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Robinson’s varied connections
A devout Catholic and also a Freemason, Robinson Jean Louis aka Sona is a presidential candidate with a very varied range of contacts.
Uhuru Kenyatta on all fronts
In addition to his trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC), put back to February 2014, President Uhuru Kenyatta has to contend with internal political problems.
When are the parliamentary elections?
Under the constitution, parliamentary elections must be held in February 2014, but some MPs want to stay a year more. Dhoinine plumped for November 2014.
ON THE LINE
Beriziky keeps a close watch on the BNI sale in Madagascar
. Prime Minister Jean Omer Beriziky (JOB) has been worried about the sale of BNI Madagascar for quite a while now.
Two Western diplomats run after Uhuru Kenyatta
. After the United Nations Security Council last week refused to command the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to adjourn the trial against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Vice President William Ruto as was requested by the African Union (AU), two Anglo-Saxon diplomats tried unsuccessfully to explain their position in a face-to-face discussion with the Kenyan Head of State.
One of Madhvani’s daughters is in Paris
?. The new Ugandan ambassador to France, Nimisha Madhvani, who presented her credentials to President François Hollande on 15 November, is a member of a well-known Kampala family.
The Seychelles and Mauritius disagree on Sri Lanka
. Like the leaders of a number of two other countries, namely India and Canada, Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius boycotted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Sri Lanka last week to protest against the way the Tamil minority had been treated during the government war against the rebels, who were defeated in 2009.
ANDM wants to save Melaku Fenta
Members of ANDM’s executive are getting increasingly uneasy since one of their colleagues, the managing director of ERCA, Melaku Fenta, was arrested in May for corruption.
Fight for control of road to Merca
The fighting in the vicinity of KM-50 on November 17 was the third episode in an ongoing struggle for control of the Mogadiscio-Afgoye-KM50-Merca highway.
Armando Guebuza’s succession in play
Frelimo has not yet officially settled the question of who will succeed Armando Guebuza in 2014. Plenty of hypotheses and names are doing the rounds.
James Michel on track for 2016
President James Michel will probably run for a third mandate in 2016. But will he then be able to hand over power in mid-mandate, as Albert René had done for him?
Chinese in cement in strength
While Cimentos de Potugal (Cimpor, acquired in 2012 by the Brazilian firm Camargo Corrêa) is raising its production capacity in Dondo (south Mozambique) and the Pakistani company
MAYOTTE ISLAND/COMOROS ISLANDS
DH Mining Development
Protection Group International
Intershore Aviation running late
More details are coming in about the project by Intershore Aviation Ltd to launch a private airline, despite a small delay compared to its original plan.
BAI and Gamma have Sicom in sights
Some shareholders in the state insurance company Sicom Ltd want to sell their shares. Two private firms close to Navin Ramgoolam are consequently on the prowl.
Highly prized government contract
The Treasury will soon have to choose one of the eight companies that bid for a contract to secure the administration’s use of petrol.
Bad publicity for OTT Technologies
An as yet unpublished report by a Kenyan parliamentary committee slams the conditions under which South Africa’s OTT technologies obtained a defence contract.
Ambitious plan for prepaid Visa card
The company Emergent Prepaid Indian Ocean is negotiating on all fronts to push its plan for a prepaid Visa card with the banks and telecoms operators.
Pitch and roll at the BCIMR
Four months after he was replaced as chief executive of the BCIMR, Ould Amar Yahya is back at the bank.
The Tanzanian press tycoon Reginald Mengi, a friend and sponsor of President Jakaya Kikwete, is top of the list of owners of mining titles who were ordered by the ministry for energy
The Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Trade and Tourism, Phyllis Kandie, whose appointment has already sparked a stir in the National Assembly, is now the target of criticism
Badawi Mohamed Fakih
President Ikililou Dhoinine promoted, as is his wont, a new ambassador who is not a career diplomat. The person in question is Bawadi Mohamed Fakih, who was accredited last week as
One of the 8 high-ranking officers appointed heads of regions on 20 November is well-known in intelligence and diplomatic circles.
The firm CapData Software, whose managing director is Marcel Ramanantsoa, took advantage of the fact that the web site of the Commission électorale nationale indépendante pour la transition
, businessman with a world eye view
, the descendent of a business dynasty
, a businessman tempted by politics
, businessman and "éminence grise"
president in waiting
Frelimo dignitaries sew up energy sector
Crédit Agricole’s tough time selling BNI
The challenges facing president Hassan Sheikh
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