Ebola ravages gold sector
The latest outbreak of the deadly disease that began in early September has struck at the heart of Uganda's mostly artisanal gold production and slowed down extraction, trade and refining, whether legal or not.
The UN Security Council is considering a French-led resolution that would overhaul the arms embargo regime imposed on the Democratic Republic of Congo. But Paris has had to revise its initial plan in the face of reluctance from London and Washington.
Although it has not been put on the sanctions list drawn up by the US Treasury, Alain Goetz's UAE company Aldabra is unlikely to escape punitive action by the US. The US sanctions have also put Uganda, where his African Gold Refinery is based, in a difficult position.
Belgian businessman Alain Goetz quit the management of his Ugandan gold refinery a few months ago after being found guilty of money laundering in Belgium. He is also facing accusations of tax evasion in Rwanda, where he is a shareholder in another refinery.
Richard Griffiths from US law firm Arent Fox accompanied his client, the Qatari vice prime minister Al Kuwari, to Burundi's independence day celebrations on 1 July. Griffiths and his law firm are already very well established in Rwanda and Zimbabwe.