Latest reports from Africa Confidential

Latest reports from Africa Confidential

Russia with love. Bob Mugabe's new best friend

Amidst the vicious scrabble for the succession, Zanu-PF’s new best friend Moscow delivers investment in the platinum industry, money and planes.

Nothing and no one seems able to stop the rival factions of the ruling party from undermining each other as they position themselves for the presidential succession. The claimed victims range from the former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Gideon Gono, whose bid for the Senate has been blocked by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, through to the prophets of a breakaway Apostolic sect, charged with sexual abuse and attacking the police.

Poll position. Guess who’s coming to dinner ...

The appearance of Mohammed Bashir Suleiman, who has been designated a “drugs kingpin” by the US – at the banquet of a Mozambican business association on 18 September – has infuriated friends of Filipe Nyusi, Frelimo’s presidential candidate. This is because the organisers, Confederação das Associações Económicas de Moçambique (CTA), invited Bashir to the event and placed him at the top table, just a couple of seats away from Nyusi.

As the CTA banquet in Maputo turned out to be a fundraiser for Frelimo’s election campaign, Bashir’s attendance sent a clear message: that he remains an important financier of the party, despite US reports that his fortune derives from drug smuggling.

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