From Abuja to Cairo, France reshuffles key ambassadorial cards in Africa
Kinshasa, Abuja, Libreville, Khartoum, Cairo... A raft of key French embassies are due to change hands in the coming weeks. Exclusive revelations.
Didier Tshiyoyo, the man suddenly in sole charge of the Francophone Games, has bypassed normal procurement procedures to get the athletes' village built in a no-bid contract worth $113m, more than the events' entire original budget.
Planning for the ninth Jeux de la Francophonie has hit choppy waters in Kinshasa, where the head of the national committee has resigned amid a row with one of his colleagues, a DJ once known as Trouble King who has withdrawn large amounts of cash from illicit accounts held in the name of the games.
President Félix Tshisekedi's overreaction to Belarusian businessman Alexander Zingman's visit to the country last month stems from an earlier, largely unreported, episode: three trips to Kinshasa made by Yossi Cohen, head of the Israeli foreign intelligence service Mossad.