Intrigues big and small: every Tuesday, Africa Intelligence takes a peek into the corridors of power in Africa and beyond.
South Africa's Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, a UNESCO assistant director-general, has been demoted after accusations of harassment. Pretoria said the punishment was excessive and denounced the UN agency's "culture of fear and intimidation".
African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat is seeking to avoid embarrassment for the institution's host country after an audit questioned the skills of around a hundred of its senior officials, most of them Ethiopian.
A substantial number of community leaders in South Darfur have signed a declaration of neutrality in the hope of avoiding a full-blown civil war. But elsewhere in Sudan, local leaders have opted to side with either the regular army or the RSF.Sudan: the generals waging war
Magnate Robert Friedland's representatives in Conakry sent letters to Guinean junta leader Mamadi Doumbouya and Jindal's management, declining to sell their Nimba iron ore deposit to the Indian group, although the mining project is struggling.Iron ore in Guinea
Gaby Peretz's Israeli brokerage firm AD Con has delivered two 15m Raidco Marine boats to the Ivorian navy to help it fight illegal fishing. Abidjan is still waiting for a second Israel Shipyards patrol boat as part of the same contract.
The multinational commodities trader is embroiled in a legal fight with one of its former ore suppliers in the DRC over a delivery that was allegedly never made. The case has prompted the authorities to take a closer look at Traxys's activities in the country.
Since September 2022, South African telephone company MTN has been in conflict with Baba Danpullo. In retaliation for the seizure of his assets in South Africa, the billionaire is trying to seize MTN's accounts in Cameroon and MTN hopes the president will put an end to the legal battle.
Juan Rémy Quignolot, a former French Foreign Legion soldier accused of espionage by the Central African Republic and arrested in May 2021, was evacuated to Libreville on 18 May and arrived in France on 21 May. His release had been the subject of intense, secret negotiations between Paris and Bangui since March, with help from the Gabonese intelligence services.
The Moroccan group is to start producing recycled cobalt in July at its plant near Marrakesh in partnership with Swiss trading giant Glencore. It is also finalising studies into the production of cobalt sulphate for use by Renault in the manufacture of its electric batteries.
The Egyptian state-owned construction giant will not give up on the mega-contract, despite having lost out to Orascom and Bouygues. Mediation talks are planned over the next few weeks and the national transport agency may well change the outcome of the bid in its favour.
Red tape and higher taxes have prompted several tea traders to threaten to relocate from Mombasa to Dar es Salaam. While the Kenyan authorities are working hard to avoid this scenario, the Tanzanians have been quick to flaunt their strengths by approaching the most influential traders in the region.
Its place as the ultimate safe investment and limited stocks mean that gold is changing hands at record prices in Egypt, much higher than those available on the international market. A first specialist gold investment fund has been set up and others are due to follow.