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David Lewis

RPT-After Westgate debacle, quick end to latest Kenyan attack shows progress

21 Jan 2019

NAIROBI, Jan 20 The relatively swift end to an attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex highlights improvements in Kenya's counterterrorism capabilities since Somali militants overran a shopping mall in the same neighbourhood five years ago.

After Westgate debacle, quick end to latest Kenyan attack shows progress

20 Jan 2019

NAIROBI The relatively swift end to an attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex highlights improvements in Kenya's counterterrorism capabilities since Somali militants overran a shopping mall in the same neighbourhood five years ago.

How Kabila's election strategy unraveled in Congo

18 Jan 2019

KINSHASA In Kinshasa's lush Botanical Garden, the scene was set to celebrate the election of the man Joseph Kabila had chosen to replace him as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bowing out as president, Congo's Kabila raises prospect of a return act

17 Dec 2018

KINSHASA A month before his scheduled departure after nearly two decades as Congo's president, Joseph Kabila received a procession of foreign reporters at his heavily guarded riverside palace for a rare series of interviews.

As sanctions bit, Iranian executives bought African passports

29 Jun 2018

LONDON/NAIROBI In January, the Comoros Islands quietly cancelled a batch of its passports that foreigners had bought in recent years. The tiny nation off the east coast of Africa published no details of its reasons, saying only that the documents had been improperly issued.

Exclusive: Comoros passport scheme was unlawful, abused by 'mafia' networks - report

23 Mar 2018

NAIROBI/MORONI A programme to sell Comoros Islands citizenship to fund development resulted in thousands of passports being sold outside official channels via "mafia" networks and up to $100 million of revenues went missing, according to a report by the small Indian Ocean state's parliament.

In Congo, voting machines raise suspicions among president's foes

10 Mar 2018

DAKAR/NAIROBI When election officials unveiled voting machines that resemble large tablet computers in Democratic Republic of Congo, they hailed them as the solution to a multitude of problems. | Video

Police search offices of Belgian company supplying passports to Africa

17 Jan 2018

BRUSSELS/NAIROBI Police on Wednesday searched the headquarters of Belgian company Semlex, which supplies passports to various African countries, and the home of its CEO, Albert Karaziwan. About a dozen officers arrived at Semlex's office in Brussels and at Karaziwan's house in the city early in the morning. By early afternoon, the search was still continuing.

Madame Idriss, the fixer

22 Dec 2017

MORONI, Comoros Islands/BRUSSELS An important player in Semlex's use of well-connected individuals to land contracts was a woman named Zina Wazouna Ahmed Idriss, an ex-wife of President Idriss Deby of Chad. She is referred to as Madame Idriss in Semlex emails.

Special Report - How to make millions selling passports to Africa

22 Dec 2017

MORONI, Comoros Islands/BRUSSELS In the tiny nation of the Comoros Islands, lying off the east coast of Africa, Albert Karaziwan is a big man - even though he doesn't live there. He's been a roving ambassador for the country, has twice attended the United Nations General Assembly with the Comoros delegation and holds three current Comoros diplomatic passports.

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