Construction king Bonkoungou gives wings to Ouattara's presidential campaign span >
Ouattara will be jetting around the country campaigning for a third mandate on a plane belonging to banking and building king Mahamadou Bonkoungou. [...]
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As business magnates Michel Tomi and Samuel Dossou see their business aviation companies go into nosedive, the aircraft operated by Burkina Faso's Mahamadou Bonkoungou are attracting bookings from presidencies throughout West Africa and will soon start flying from Central Africa as well. [...]
For many years regulars at the Val de Grace military hospital in Paris, African heads of state are now increasingly likely to get their check-ups in Saudi Arabia, Morocco or Israel rather than checking into a clinic in the French [. [...]
Over recent months, several leaders in West and Central Africa have appointed new intelligence chiefs so as to better counter terrorism, organized crime and post-election violence. In some instances, senior officers, especially those drawn from the gendarmerie, appear to have [. [...]
Far from official buildings crawling with potential eavesdroppers, the plush premises of Paris' more fashionable eateries have over the years become veritable extensions of African presidential palaces. Over fine Chinese food, heads of state can meet discreet emissaries, brainstorm and [. [...]