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Nigeria: What is Kaduna Governor Nasir el-Rufai planning for 2023?

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state in northwest Nigeria is one of the country’s most prominent politicians. He is a regular face in newspapers, ... usually with controversial comments on the core issues. This time, he is said to be determined to defend the interest of northern Nigeria, especially in relation to the 2023 presidential poll. But his close contacts tell The Africa Report that the governor has his undivided attention on Kaduna state, with no plans yet for the election... and that is he is a more national-minded politician than he is given credit for.

Uganda: Government axes gold tax not wanting to lose central role in trade

When Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni launched a gold refinery in 2017, he abolished tax for gold royalties to encourage its flow into the ... country, which worked. But in July, the government introduced a new tax on processed and unprocessed gold. Now, gold traders refuse to pay the tax, and have thus withheld all gold that would have been exported in previous months. Given that gold is not mined in Uganda but is brought in or smuggled in from neighbouring countries, abandoning the tax could be seen as a nod to the illicit gold trade.