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Issue 436 - 15 April 2021

DRC: New government appointed

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After two months of negotiations, a new government led by President Félix Tshisekedi’s Union Sacrée has created a 57-member coalition government (down from 66 ministers), led by prime minister Sama Lukonde Kyenge. The government – comprised of four  deputy PMs, nine ministers of state, 31 ministers, a ministre délégué and 11 deputy ministers – includes supporters of leading opponents Moïse Katumbi and Jean-Pierre Bemba.

DR Congo
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A mid-January agreement between Sudan and South Sudan to expand oil cooperation has raised expectations of improved relations yielding material benefits for both states from the south’s under-utilised hydrocarbons reserves. But familiar obstacles are blocking progress, writes James Gavin.

South Sudan | Sudan
Issue 427 - 19 November 2020

Western Sahara stand-off flares up

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Moroccan operations to end a blockade by the Polisario Front of the border with Mauritania have flared into a shooting match that ends nearly three decades of UN-monitored ceasefire in the disputed Western Sahara.  Both sides have previously held back while the UN and African Union debated the former Spanish colony’s future without finding a definitive settlement.

Western Sahara (under UN mandate)
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Eskom cut and then restored electricity supply to two municipalities in the Northern Cape on 7 October due to non-payment. Kamiesbergy and Richtersveld local municipalities saw their supply cut at 6am after they built up substantial arrears. Electricity was restored at 8pm after “an acceptable portion of their electricity debt” had been paid, Eskom said.

South Africa
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In the third year of his presidency, Félix Tshisekedi has outflanked Joseph Kabila to the extent that the former president is now lying low at his ranch near Lubumbashi amid fears his senator-for-life status may be insufficient to give immunity from eventual prosecution. The resignation on 29 January of prime minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba was another victory over key Kabila allies in a war of attrition for control of Democratic Republic of Congo that has seen members of the ex-president’s Front Commun pour le Congo (FCC) flooding to join Tshisekedi’s Union Sacré́e pour la Nation (USN).

DR Congo
Issue 433 - 25 February 2021

DR Congo: Tshisekedi names his new PM

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In a further stage in the battle for control of Democratic Republic of Congo between past and present heads of state, President Félix Tshisekedi on 15 February named Sama Lukonde Kyenge as prime minister.

DR Congo
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The success of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in driving the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF, formerly known as the Libyan National Army) out of a strategic airbase west of the capital has opened up a new phase in the civil war. Geopolitically, the winners are Turkey, the GNA’s main international sponsor, and Russia, which is overtaking the United Arab Emirates as the most influential but also a more pragmatic backer of the diminished warlord Khalifa Haftar.

Libya
Issue 420 - 24 July 2020

UK: MPs criticise DfID/FCO merger

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The UK parliament’s International Development Committee has attacked the government’s decision to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The decision, taken while a review of post-Brexit arrangements was in its early stages, was “flawed on a number of grounds”, the MPs said in a report on 16 July. This put into question the future quality of UK aid, which totalled £15.2bn ($19.4bn) in 2019.

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Personalities remain a key factor in shaping a continent trying to emerge from lost decades of ‘big man’ politics. While the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) made much of efforts to create a post-conflict ‘developmental state’ in the last two decades, modern Ethiopia was fashioned in the image of the late Meles Zenawi, who harnessed an intolerant, Tigrayan-dominated political system to a rigid but fast-growing (if unbalanced) economy.

Ethiopia | Eritrea
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The sacking of petroleum, energy and renewable energy minister Thierry Tanoh, formally announced on 10 December, was not unexpected. Tanoh had been in conflict with powerful players, notably influential presidential adviser and former minister Adama Toungara, over a planned audit of the sector, further reforms and project developments. The former banker had also clashed with Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who was lobbying President Alassane Dramane Ouattara to sack the minister.

Côte d'Ivoire
Issue 380 - 08 November 2018

Tanzania: Tender chaos

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Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd (Tanesco) has cancelled and then reissued three recently announced tenders for large-scale solar, wind and coal as Tanzania continues to bewilder investors. The tenders are part of government efforts to revive the power sector in time for elections in 2020 following a period of stagnation under the administration of President John Magufuli. Bids are now due by 7 December.Tanesco said the tenders had been cancelled due to “unavoidable circumstances”.

Tanzania
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Morocco’s readmission to the African Union in January 2017 was widely welcomed, ending a boycott called by the late King Hassan II in 1984 after the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was admitted as a full member of the then Organisation of African Unity. Morocco sees its future security and prosperity in an energetic drive to build business, political and cultural relations across Africa and King Mohammed VI received a standing ovation when he addressed the 2017 African Union summit.

Morocco
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Industry scepticism about the project’s economics notwithstanding, on 23 January, President Uhuru Kenyatta shook hands with Total executive committee member Momar Nguer to confirm the French major’s commitment to investing in the Lokichar-Lamu oil pipeline. These things matter in East African oil and geostrategic manoeuvring; Uganda’s export pipeline was planned to pass through Lokichar until Total backed a rival route to Tanzania, but having since bought Maersk Oil, it needs an export route in Kenya too.

Kenya
Issue 359 - 07 December 2017

North Africans look to the south

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The high-profile presence of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI at the 29-30 November African Union-European Union summit in Abidjan – also attended by the Algerian-backed Saharan Arab Democratic Republic, an AU member since 1984 – underlined how far North African political rivalries are shaping pan-African relations. The king’s handshake with Algerian prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia surprised observers, but with the Maghreb’s cold war still ratcheting up, few expect a breakthrough soon.

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It may be symbolic that, beyond the state-run grid, Tanzania provides an enticing opportunity for innovative investors to build businesses in marginalised communities with aspirations to move beyond energy poverty. Tanzania has been a pioneer in the sub-Saharan off-grid revolution, where mini-grid operator Jumeme and other innovators have been able to build their businesses. Germany’s Redavia last year began operating its first two mini-grids, supported by InfraCo Africa.

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