Spotlight KENYA 01/12/2017

William Ruto prepares his plan of attack for 2022

Finally sworn in on 28 November after several months of gripping drama, President Uhuru Kenyatta is embarking on a second term in office in a deeply divided country (ION 1461). He is already aware that he will need to reunite [...]

Corridors of power

Xavier-Luc Duval rakes up the scandals for political gain

The opposition leader, who is calling for an early election, is seizing every opportunity to tarnish the regime he used to belong to. [...]

An isolated Sissi torn between arbitration and force

Although Sudan and Qatar have aligned themselves with Addis Ababa, Egypt is still seeking to block the completion of the GERD. [...]

The ploy to undermine Bodeh Ahmed Robleh fails

The budget minister Bodeh Ahmed Robleh (Issa/Wardiq/Yesif) recently attracted the thunder of Ismail Omar Guelleh at a cabinet meeting after [...]


Cairo and Kampala find common cause against Addis

In mid-November, the former head of the General Intelligence Service, Tarek Salaam, took up office in Uganda as the Egyptian [...]

How will Musa Bihi Abdi reward his supporters and the Emirates?

According to information obtained by the Indian Ocean Newsletter, the Kulmiye candidate Musa Bihi Abdi, who was elected Somaliland president [...]

Cracks appear within the TPLF central committee

With meetings of the TPLF executive committee ongoing in Mekele since mid-November, heads are rolling in the Tigray capital amid [...]

Insecurity top of the political agenda

President Danny Faure, his government and the new Commissioner of [...]

Is the army still listening to the executive?

During the electioneering tour of the country by the Rassemblement [...]

Is the governor of Mombasa about to change camps?

Might the governor of Mombasa, Ali Hassan Joho, be cutting [...]

Museveni wary of the unions

On 20 November, the government accorded a pay rise to [...]

James Orengo & Norman Magaya, the opposition's scapegoats

The National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition, led by Raila [...]

How Museveni is using AMISOM to purse his own agenda

According to security sources, the Pentagon concluded an accord in [...]

Will Paris soon be hosting the Sudanese foreign minister?

Ibrahim Ghandour, the Sudanese foreign minister, is poised to accept [...]

Business circles

The government lines up a new partner in Madarail

After several months of stalemate, a solution for selling Mamy Ravatomanga's shares in Madarail may have been found as a potential new partner emerges. [...]

An American lawyer accuses Khartoum of not paying its bills

Having secured the lifting of the US embargo, Sudan is refusing to remunerate the intermediary who facilitated the process. [...]

APR Energy connects up to Maputo's grid

The American power generation company APR Energy is continuing to expand its activities on the African continent. Having established a [...]

Willy Rakotomalala washes his dirty linen in public

The businessman and adviser to President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, Willy Rakotomalala, is involved in a major business spat with his partner [...]

IOG and Abdourahman Boreh continue to slug it out

The legal wrangle between President Ismail Omar Guelleh and the Franco-Djiboutian businessman Abdourahman Boreh, which has been ongoing for several years, has taken yet another twist. [...]

Who is to be the new governor of the central bank? Free

Since the current governor of the Bank of Mauritius (the country's central bank), Ramesh Basant Roi, is unlikely to appointed [...]

Dino Foi and his Chinese partners invest across the board

The businessman Dino Mamudo Foi is continuing to expand his [...]

BGFI's continuing interest in BMOI

The announcement by Jean-Pierre Levayer, the chief executive of BPCE [...]

Jomo Kenyatta airport aims high

The African Development Bank (ADB) recently approved a loan of [...]

A high-flying female quintet moves into port logistics at Nacala

In early November, a group of five Mozambican businesswomen set [...]

A new investor takes a liking to IOT's sea cucumbers

Jaco Chan Kit Waye, the founder and executive director of [...]

Park Strategies, Mogadishu's mouthpiece in Washington

The Somali government, through its ambassador to the United States [...]

Air Madagascar underplays its debts as it seeks funds

The formation on 20 November of Air Madagascar's new board [...]

Why did the boss of the Mauritius Bankers Association resign?

The sudden resignation of Aisha Timol as chief executive of [...]

An Iranian minister can't resist Acipenser's caviar

With Acipenser poised to export its first consignment of caviar [...]

A Chinese firm is chosen to expand Zanzibar airport

According to our information, works to extend Zanzibar's Abeid Amani [...]

Power brokers

Gilbert Dailly, the presidential adviser who has become indispensable

The Frenchman Gilbert Dailly, a special adviser to President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, has become an essential lynchpin in the presidential entourage [...]

Njeri Rionge's new Canadian adventure

In early November, the Kenyan businesswoman Njeri Rionge, who divides her time between Canada and Kenya, set up a new [...]

Emmanuel Cotsoyannis sets his sights on Madagascan SMEs

The Franco-Madagascan businessman Emmanuel Cotsoyannis, who grew up in Madagascar and returned to live there a decade ago, is busy [...]

Naushad Merali slams on the brakes

According to our information, the Kenyan magnate Naushad Merali is intending to sell at least 40% of his shares in [...]

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