Salva Kiir reinvents the ‘oil-for-food' scheme

South-Sudanese president Salva Kiir supplys barrels of crude as payment.
South-Sudanese president Salva Kiir supplys barrels of crude as payment. ©Reuters

Despite President Salva Kiir's announcement on 14 March that the coffers are empty, the South Sudanese regime is continuing to shower equipment on its army, even though its soldiers have not been paid for many months. A neat trick, made [...]

Corridors of power

Al-Shabaab pushes back against the CIA

The lull in the attacks was short-lived and the Islamist fundamentalists are gaining ground… The low-down. [...]

Museveni shakes up his security apparatus

On 4 March, the president announced the dismissal of the Inspector General of Police and a series of other changes. [...]

Beijing exerts pressure on Addis

Following criticisms from the Chinese government, Addis Ababa decided a fortnight ago to launch a consultation forum to resolve the [...]

Egypt proposes joint border sovereignty

On 10 March, General Abbas Kamel, the director of Egypt's military intelligence agency Mukhabarat, paid a surprise visit to Khartoum [...]

Thanks to the embargo, arms trafficking flourishes

According to information obtained exclusively by the Indian Ocean Newsletter, despite the announcement by US State Department's spokesperson Heather Nauert [...]

The authorities gear up for the arrival of the oil

The chairman of the board at Omnis (Office des mines nationales et des industries strategiques), Eric Rabeharisoa, recently had talks [...]

Magufuli's threats against Chadema

With murders and attempted murders of opposition figures piling up - victims having included Daniel John (beaten to death) and [...]

How Kenyatta is exploiting his power to turn a profit on his investments

According to information obtained exclusively by the Indian Ocean Newsletter, [...]

The whereabouts of Mulatu Teshome

Currently, the Ethiopian president Mulatu Teshome Wirtu is allegedly in [...]


The Americans insult Kenya (and Africa)…

On 27 February, two former US ambassadors to Kenya, Mark [...]

The South Sudanese quagmire becomes a bloodbath…

According to our information, the main South Sudanese opposition movement, [...]

India seeks to retain its (military) influence in Dar to counter China

In the face of China's mounting influence along Africa's Indian [...]

Why Egypt is supporting Juba's membership of the Arab League

In its rivalry with Khartoum, Cairo is using all its [...]

Schisms in the opposition persist after the elections

On 8 March, the constitutional court announced the definitive results [...]

Business circles

Effort hangs on to its textile monopoly

The industrial consortium with links to the TPLF is crushing the competition and monopolising textile exports. [...]

What does Maputo hold for Ethiopian Airlines?

The Ethiopian national airline is expanding into a country with high potential, proving it is still in a healthy state despite the political crisis in Ethiopia. [...]

Undermined by Magufuli, the tanzanite producers assert themselves

According to information obtained by the Indian Ocean Newsletter, miners in the Arusha region affected by last year's ban on [...]

Airtel reaches the end of the line with its partner

The partnership established back in September 2011 between Airtel Madagascar and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is coming to an end [...]

Northern Rangelands Trust accused of land grabbing

The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), a powerful grouping of white wildlife rangers in northern Kenya, is accused of involvement in [...]

Is a Barclaysgate on the cards?

An Angolan businessman is making the financial community nervous, and the Mauritian government too. The latest revelations. [...]

Why Airtel is in the government's firing line

In mid-February, the telecommunications company Airtel acquired the kingdom of [...]

Madagascar Oil keeps its projects afloat

The president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Madagascar [...]

Frontier Services Group, the dealmaker in Maputo?

According to information obtained exclusively by the Indian Ocean Newsletter, [...]

Troubled waters ahead for the management at Toamasina port

Thirteen groupings of commercial operators, including Groupement des entreprises de [...]

Novastar Ventures seeks financial pledges

Novastar Ventures, the Nairobi-based venture catalyst firm, is poised to [...]

A new TV channel at the service of the president…

Mbola Rajaonah, a special advisor to President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on [...]

Trivitron Healthcare sets out to conquer east Africa

Already active in India, Turkey and Finland, the Indian business [...]

A new boss for Gabon's BGFIBank

The Madagascan subsidiary of the Gabonese bank BGFIBank, BGFIBank Madagascar, [...]

The difficulties faced by PIL at the port of Djibouti

According to information obtained exclusively by the Indian Ocean Newsletter, [...]

Power brokers

The troubles of Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh

The finance minister and secretary-general of the ruling Rassemblement populaire pour le progres (RPP), Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh (Issa/Fourlaba/Hannis), is in [...]

Kenyatta and Ruto play ping-pong with John Njiraini

The head of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), John Njiraini, is under siege. President Uhuru Kenyatta wants to dismiss him [...]

Jean-Marc Heintz ready to fly with Air Ylang

Jean-Marc Heintz, a Frenchman based in Comoros since the 1990s and a convert to Islam, has become the technical director [...]

Who is the ANC's man in Maputo?

The businessman Danilo Rodrigues Domingos Nhantumbo, who is close to Frelimo, has become the local partner of the South African [...]

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