Turkish defence industry out to seduce Kigali
Defence companies Aselsan, Havelsan, Otokar and STM woo Rwandan military officials as part of Turkey's plan to become more influential in the Land of a Thousand Hills.
Ankara's new military attaché for the Great Lakes will need to maintain Turkish defence industry's excellent relationship with Uganda but also develop opportunities in Rwanda and Burundi, despite these two countries' troubled relations with Kampala.
At the request of the United States, American contractor Mission Essential plans to take on more Russian, Chinese and Turkish interpreters. Its aim is to gather more information about the activities of the three powers concerned in East Africa and elsewhere on the continent.
By providing for an increase in the presidency's budget, Yoweri Museveni is looking to increase the capacity of the special forces commanded by his son, General Kainerugaba. This presidential guard is a favourite instrument of political influence with his clan.