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Guinea: The secret story behind the fall of President Alpha Condé

Following Guinea's coup d'etat on 5 September led by Mamady Doumbouya, the regional bloc ECOWAS has just announced its suspension. A high-level ... mission will be sent over to evaluate the situation before any further decisions are made. But in the aftermath of the coup, there are questions that stand out: Why was it so easy to capture President Alpha Condé? Why did he ignore everyone’s warnings about Doumbouya? And where does Conakry’s new master really come from?

Tanzania: Politicised trial of Chadema’s Mbowe is a test of Hassan’s committment to reform

Tanzania's Freeman Mbowe, leader of the main opposition party, Chadema, was sent to prison in July and is now on trial on charges of financing ... terrorism. He and his allies say these charged are trumped up and represent the bad old days of opposition intimidation under former president John Magufuli. What happens now is a crucial test of President Samia Suluhu Hassan's commitment to reform and levelling the political playing field.

Afghanistan: How Qatar swapped roles with Egypt to serve US interests

In the blink of an eye, on 15 August, Afghanistan fell under the control of the Taliban, again, in just under four months. Despite US and British ... presence for two decades there, the Afghan army was unable to fend off the jihadist fighters; but the might of the Taliban did not just grow overnight. There are people from all over the world, particularly in Africa, and namely Egypt, who have helped along the way.

Kenya: Why is the government hiding its Chinese loan contracts?

A growing number of Kenyans are becoming increasingly incensed with Attorney General (AG) Kihara Kariuki for his determination to challenge activists’ ... demands in court for disclosure of the $3.2bn Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) contract with China. The move didn’t go down well with many people who felt betrayed and wondered why the government’s top lawyer is so determined to keep this information locked up and he is acting in violation of the same constitution that he’s supposed to uphold.

Africa’s youth are ‘leading a revolution to transform African food systems’

We went to sleep last night as CEOs of African agritech companies emerging from the pandemic crisis. Today, we woke up as winners of the AYuTe ... Africa Challenge,  a competition run by Heifer International for businesses that brings technological innovation to the continent’s agriculture. Together, we will share $1.5m in cash grants to build our companies and help realise our dreams for Africa.

Guinea: Confiscated passports, no revenge…details from the first meeting

On Monday, 24 hours after overthrowing president Alpha Condé, Mamady Doumbouya and his men summoned former government members to a meeting. No ... one missed it. Former Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana was present, as was former Minister of Defense Mohamed Diané, and former Secretary-General of the Presidency, Kiridi Bangoura. Not even the former government spokesman, Tibou Kamara was left out - all had responded to the summons served the day before...not that they had much choice.