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Spotlight ETHIOPIA DJIBOUTI 23/06/2017

Eritrea, everybody's favorite enemy

Ever since Qatar announced on June 14 it was withdrawing the observation force it deployed in 2010 between Eritrea and Djibouti, the inhabitants of Djibouti and Ethiopia fear Asmara has war-like intentions. Right time for wrong moves. The Indian [...]

Corridors of power

Hargeisa and Mogadishu choose their sides in Qatar crisis

While Somaliland has taken Saudi Arabia's side, Somalia has adopted a neutral position in the conflict pitting Qatar against the Gulf Countries. And in doing so each of them struck hard bargains. [...]

Ethnic clashes spread across the country

Although tension between the Oromo and Amhara communities appear to have eased in recent weeks - despite efforts by information [...]

Odinga dropped by foreign backers

Raila Odinga, Kenya's former prime minister and now the opposition candidate in presidential elections in August, is having trouble getting [...]

The next budget looks like serving NRM's interests

According to our sources, finance minister Matayo Kasaija told Parliament on June 8 that nearly 70% of the 2017-2018 budget [...]

Belgians act against rising insecurity

In response to growing climate of insecurity in Madagascar, Belgium's honorary consul in Antananarivo, Charles van der Straeten, who's also [...]

ISIS attack foiled in Kampala

A classified report drafted by the Directorate of Criminal Intelligence that the Indian Ocean Newsletter has seen indicated that seven [...]

SPLM-North in death throes

A crisis that had been brewing for three months within SPLM-North, a movement based in Sudan that speaks for backers [...]

Khartoum strictly neutral in Qatar dispute Free

The Arab crisis shuffles the cards just as Al Bashir is taking his distance from Islamic militants in his government. [...]

Army on war footing to assist Amisom

According to our sources, the Ethiopian National Defence Forces' chief [...]

Odinga still seeking cash for his campaign

The opposition coalition National Super Alliance (NASA), which has picked [...]

US embassy twists the government's arm

The American ambassador to Madagascar, Ro bert Yamate, is highly [...]

Kenyan army bargains with Al Shabaab to release five soldiers

Nairobi is currently engaged in talks with the Islamist extremist [...]

FRUD Arme movement continues to defy government

New troops from Forces Armees Djiboutiennes (FAD) took the ferry [...]

Khartoum to remain neutral in Qatar crisis

Although Khartoum hasn't taken a clear position in the Qatari [...]

President opens door ever wider to Al Ittihad al Islami

In a move on June 10, president Ahmed Mohamed Mahamoud, [...]

Business circles

Metec can't get Yayu Fertilizer Factory to come up smelling like a rose

The Ethiopian industrial jewel is trying to raise fresh funds despite doubts about its capacity to push through its projects. [...]

Egypt-Uganda Food Security in crisis mode

The Egyptian manager of the slaughterhouse is threatening to leave Uganda if his grievances don't bring changes. [...]

Government thinking of issuing new Eurobond after elections

According to sources in Kenya's Treasury department, Nairobi is preparing to issue a second Eurobond worth 300 billion Kenyan shillings [...]

PGM plays its last card against government

A new twist has arisen in the long-running dispute between Madagascar's government and shareholders of the firm Polo Garments Majunga [...]

Mining industry wants to see last of nationalism

Nationalist sentiment and anger against foreign mining companies have risen to fresh heights ever since president John Magufuli ordered 277 [...]

GSK once again caught up in scandal

The GSK Group failed to pay its financial adviser who helped restructure its debt. [...]

Ruto definitely not welcome to take tea in Kericho

Vice president William Ruto and energy minister Charles Keter have [...]

Rahco issues fresh tender for railway line

The Reli Assets Holding Co (Rahco), a private firm that [...]

Government disavows National Lands Commission

The land ministry has been ordered by presidential decree to [...]

French decide to set up a business club

The head of the trade section at the French embassy [...]

Lake Turkana Wind Power set to take Kenya Power to court

The shareholders of Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) are thinking [...]

Kampala seeking partner for electronic waste.

The Kampala Capital City Authority headed by Jennifer Musisi is [...]

Astegiano calls the shots at Global Edge Consultants

Global Edge Consultants, an American firm specializing in recruitment, and [...]

KRA has Keroche Breweries in its sights

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) isn't about to drop its [...]

Air Madagascar and Air Austral in further talks on tie-up

Although an actual partnership accord between Air Madagascar and Air [...]

Kenyatta's bank sees more prosperous future

The family of president Uhuru Kenyatta plans to step up [...]

China Harbour Engineering Co to dredge Dar es Salaam port

The Indian Ocean Newsletter understands that the Tanzania Ports Authority [...]

Power brokers

Caffey Norman to lay out Khartoum's case in Washington

Caffey Norman, a partner of Democrat Thomas Boggs in the firm Squire Patton Boggs (SPB), penned a lobbying contract in [...]

Joseph Kaguthi on the stump for Kenyatta in central Kenya

Joseph Kaguthi, chairman of the Yumba Kumi Initiative which was set up in 2013 to raise public awareness about security [...]

Minister Andriamiseza turns deaf ear to SMM

Justice minister Charles Andriamiseza is avoiding talks with the Syndicat des Magistrats de Madagascar (SMM) even though he has been [...]

Mohamed Ali Guyo, new peace negotiator

Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo got the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on June 13 to appoint Kenyan national [...]

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