Spotlight KENYA 21/07/2017

Why the presidential election will be held regardless

Despite attempts by the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition headed by former prime minister Raila Odinga to postpone August's election, the actual date was not changed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). And this despite an embarrassing [...]

Corridors of power

Rubis Energie plays its political wild card

The oil distribution group has seen all of its rivals off by cultivating its ties with the energy minister. [...]

Trump makes Bashir pay for his neutrality regarding Doha

In extending the embargo against Sudan, the Trump administration punished one of the rare countries that haven't chosen its side in the conflict between Riyadh and Doha. President Al Bashir is seeking Arab backing. [...]

Farmer revolt could be brewing

Small-scale farmers in the Oromia National Regional State (ANRS) and in the Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) who are the [...]

Turkey's Erdogan finds solace in Madagascar

The government of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stumbled upon a new way of countering the influence of its [...]

Bank of Uganda told to open its books

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and the United Nations are all turning up the heat on Bank of [...]

Could Bihi change his mind about UAE military base ?

The leader and presidential candidate of the ruling Kulmiya party in Hargeisa, Musa Bihi Abdi, admitted to senior party officials [...]

Eritrea's opposition down in the dumps

With the government of president Issayas Afeworki gaining a lot of ground because of his ties to Arab countries, Eritrea's [...]

French council intent on doing away with IMV in Antananarivo

Valérie Pécresse, who heads the regional council in the Ile de France region, proposed shaking up her region's financial assistance [...]

Struggling government sparks concern in West Free

Somali president Mohamed Farmajo and his prime minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, seem confronted by a whole range of complicated political [...]

Kulmiye party cracks down on the media ahead of elections

According to our sources, a lot of electoral fraud is [...]

Quest for Kenyatta's successor as chief of Kikuyu community

President Uhuru Kenyatta's leadership of Kenya's Kikuyu community could well [...]

Something electric in leader's nationalist fervor

In his protectionist moves with nationalist undertones, president John Magufuli [...]

Guelleh and the Bozize syndrome

Djibouti president Ismail Omar Guelleh could well cite a famous [...]

Is Mogadishu looking to Egypt to train its military ?

Drastic security measures surrounded a visit by Somali chief of [...]

Museveni's political strategy comes under fire from his party

Criticism of president Yoweri Museveni has surged within his own [...]

Robleh seeks to quit government

Budget minister Bodeh Ahmed Robleh (Issa/Wardig/Yesif) has complained to his [...]

Business circles

How the boss of GSK hoodwinked the tax collector

The Indian Ocean Newsletter has uncovered proof of the financial shenanigans of Ahmed Osman Guelleh. [...]

Crisis grips Metec and stirs ructions in TPLF

The growing ills of the Ethiopian economy's flagship company have opened breaches in the government. [...]

Farm tycoon Ismail shifts into higher gear

In addition to turning out 2,000 tons of dry grain for export each year, 78-year-old mogul Salim Ismail is in [...]

Pachinuapa turns his back on Montepuez's rubies

A retired general and leading figure in the ruling Frelimo party, Raimundo Pachinuapa appears to be on the point of [...]

Magufuli just can't seem to stamp out corruption

Ever since he came to power in November, 2015, John Magufuli has portrayed himself as the economy's "Mr. Clean" and [...]

Minister Tazafy tells president how to boost trade

Trade minister Armand Tazafy is waiting for a green light from the president to introduce new measures to build up trade partnerships. In the meantime he's been talking directly with private operators. [...]

Kittony may lose his crown at KNCCI

A revolt is brewing at the Kenya National Chamber of [...]

Russians knocking on Stamico's door

The Russian nuclear energy giant Rosatom is currently in talks [...]

Ratokotovao wants to haul Ravalomanana before a court

Madagascar's agricultural and cattle-raising minister and also head of the [...]

Sicom to look for new boss

The head of the state-owned insurance concern State Insurance Co [...]

Tax office puts the squeeze on fuel distributors

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and finance minister Philip Mpango [...]

Khartoum in tizzy over dollar

The disappearance of American dollars in exchange offices and on [...]

Ntsoa sells Pacom to businessman from Karana community

According to our sources, businessman Ramanantsoa Randriamifidimanana, a k a [...]

Secret loans: Palomar asks Kroll to explain itself

The firm Palomar Capital Advisors is angry with the corporate [...]

INDIAN OCEAN Companies

Swiss national takes over as boss of LafargeHolcim's regional arm

Up to now based in Qatar where he headed the [...]

Telecoms operators upset over competition from Jamii Telecom

Kenya's telecoms operators are increasingly up in arms over the [...]

El Sahely Group taking close look at Madagascar

The El Sahely Group could well set up shop in [...]

Power brokers

Lwakataka, the "fisherman" who gives Museveni nightmares

Ponsanio Lwakataka, a former fisherman who joined Uganda's Internal Security Organisation (ISO) in 2006, gets more popular each time he [...]

Charity Ngilu vies with Musyoka for leadership of Kamba community

On the same ticket as opposition leader Raila Odinga in the presidential election scheduled for May, Kalonzo Musyoka is busy [...]

Francois Pujolas switches from Accra to Addis Ababa

According to our sources, France's current envoy to Ghana, Francois Pujolas, will shortly move to Addis Ababa to become the [...]

Demeke Mekonnen pushed aside

The deputy prime minister and vice president of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Demeke Mekonnen, who nonetheless [...]

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