The Kenyan president's efforts to get his defence minister Monica Juma elected as the Commonwealth's secretary general during the 7 September summit has annoyed the alliance's other members, who dislike Kenya's attempts to monopolise positions in all other international organisations.
The Egyptian army wants to capitalise on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's visit to Djibouti last week to strengthen cooperation with the country in hope of securing a permanent presence there. Cairo generals, which have already firmed up ties with their counterparts in Sudan, are fighting Ethiopia's plans to continue filling the Renaissance dam this summer.
Emirati Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed has already offered to mediate between Sudan and Ethiopia in their dispute over the Al Fashaqa border region. He is now hoping to use his influence over the Egyptian, Sudanese, and Ethiopian regimes to try to resolve their thorny conflict over the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam.
Addis Ababa has followed in Cairo's footsteps and hired a US lobbying heavyweight. Worried his Egyptian rival will take the lead in the Grand Renaissance dam debate and concerned about his declining reputation over the Tigray conflict, the Ethiopian prime minister is working institutions, diplomats, and the media.