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Africa in 2022: US and China battle over 5G, vaccines, cobalt and ports

Africas global status will continue to rise next year as its rival suitors work overtime to fix recent missteps. At stake: control over global technology choices and the minerals that will power the next ‘blue economy’ revolution.

Can Africa avoid a new cold war?

Eager to move beyond past expressions of disdain for so-called shithole countries, the United States is set to unveil a new engagement strategy in early 2022.

Meanwhile, China is intent on shedding its reputation for ensnaring its victims in costly debt traps.

The evolving rivalry was on display last month as Washington and Beijing descended on the continent within days of each other.

Over the past few weeks, a pressure group linked to Zanu PF has been seen making moves to back Saviour Kasukuwere, who is a former local government … minister and member of the beleaguered ruling party faction Generation 40 (G40), to challenge President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 2023 general polls.

The Zanu PF also accuses the G40 of being behind the high court challenge on Mnangagwas legitimacy as the ruling party’s leader. Could this be the rise of the G40 from the cemetery?

Two years after Kenya banned Ugandan milk from entering its market, Uganda is saying enough is enough and that it will reciprocate. With the … loss of the Rwandan market, which was closed in 2019, trade statistics reveal Uganda could be right to get tough on its partners.

Desperate to address the rising insecurity in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has entered into a controversial deal with President Recep … Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to keep some companies under surveillance.

How might this affect Nigerias drive for Foreign Direct Investment?

They are on the frontline of the fight against corruption, fighting to guarantee the independence of justice in an often difficult context. Portraits … of independence from the continent: South African Justice Raymond Zondo, Prosecutor Idrissa Hamidou Touré of Mali, and Algerian magistrate Saadeddin Merzoug.

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