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John McDermott

Chief Africa Correspondent for @TheEconomist

Joined on 5 February, 2008

http://www.economist.com

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Quoted @GovernmentZA

Good morning South Africa.

"Let’s fight #COVID19 as an army of soldiers. One of our main weapons is the vaccine. I Choose #VacciNation" - Minister of @HealthZA, @DrZweliMkhize

Enough with the fight nonsense until you sort out the weapons

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Replying to @mjkcongo: Check this out, Copper up 82% since March lows. Copper *by far* most important part of Congo's economy. Huge boost for @Presi

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Check this out, Copper up 82% since March lows. Copper *by far* most important part of Congo's economy. Huge boost for @Presidence_RDC in his political fight against Kabila. (But Kabila just got his biggest financial ally back from sanctions, so 🤷‍♂️)

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I’m nowhere near ready for the images of the vaccinated rich world back to something like normal while South Africa is drenched by a third wave. I hope it doesn’t happen but I can’t see SA avoiding it at this rate

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Replying to @PiersPigou: It beggars belief. And still nobody has accounts for this!

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It beggars belief. And still nobody has accounts for this!

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The wee man is on brand today

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Replying to @BBCAfrica: 🇰🇪 With police widely mistrusted in Kenya, many people are turning to private detectives to solve crimes.

None is more fam…

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🇰🇪 With police widely mistrusted in Kenya, many people are turning to private detectives to solve crimes.

None is more famous, or controversial, than Jane Mugo.🕵️‍♀️

Meet "Kenya’s Spy Queen"

Watch the full film here 🔎: #BBCAfricaEye

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Good piece

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Quoted @ssishuwa

The Glencore-ZCCM deal stinks! They must be popping champagne in #Switzerland and laughing at #Zambia! How could Bwalya Ng’andu, Richard Musukwa and Barnaby Mulenga agree to this scam? Should there be change of Govt, this deal from hell must be reversed.

It’s almost as if the only consideration was winning some Copperbelt votes in August.

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Quoted @lionelbarber

Just got vaccinated in south east London - superbly organised, friendly and efficient, backed by volunteers The NHS at its very best !

Very happy that my former boss has got the jab. But starting to think that Scotland is falling behind England in the roll-out. My 77-year-old Dad hasn’t heard a peep from the Scottish NHS or his GP. Scottish govt talks a good game and plays a bad one.

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Quoted @thomas_m_wilson

This is a hugely importantly ruling in the world of foreign corruption: 5 years jail for Beny Steinmetz over bribes paid to a wife of the former Guinean president to obtain iron ore rights. Jail time for corporate corruption remains incredibly rare

Replying to @thomas_m_wilson: I’ve followed this case since I used to work regularly in Guinea in 2014 and the more I think about it, the more stunn…

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Our report on the crisis

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Donors shouldn’t give Ethiopia’s government another dollar until it lets food into Tigray.

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I’ve followed this case since I used to work regularly in Guinea in 2014 and the more I think about it, the more stunned I am that Beny is ultimately going to jail. Despite all the evidence against him I never quite saw it playing out like this

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Replying to @lionelbarber: The Guinea mining and bribery scandal. Here’s one of the original @FT reports written by @tomburgis and @MishaGlenny @hel…

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Quoted @zimlive

#BREAKING Transport minister Joel Biggie Matiza has died from Covid-19, government spokesman Ndavaningi Mangwana has told @ZimLive. Matiza was hospitalised last week. He becomes the 4th minister to succumb to the respiratory illness.

Fourth minister in Zimbabwe to have died of covid. I fear for what the true toll is among the wider population

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The Guinea mining and bribery scandal. Here’s one of the original @FT reports written by @tomburgis and @MishaGlenny @helentbiz which led to today’s conviction in a Swiss court of Beny Steinmerz, Israeli tycoon

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Quoted @ReutersAfrica

Zambia will hold discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from February 11 to March 3 to negotiate an extended credit facility, the Finance Ministry said on Friday.

Potentially good news for Zambia...

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Shame. I've really enjoyed my time at the Economist

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Quoted @HEBobiwine

Yes, for standing and defeating Gen. Museveni in an election, which he resoundingly rigged, I am still under house arrest 8 days later! I thank all friends in Uganda and abroad who continue to stand with us, until we put an end to this indignity. Uganda will be free.

This story is not over

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Despite all the challenges 2020 a record-breaking year for fundraising for African start-ups. Fintech dominating

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Just filed my last piece of the year.

Bloody knackered but I feel so lucky to do this job.

Among other things, in 2020 I’ve reported on:

— How African politics is becoming more competitive. Young people sick and tired of their ageing rulers (1/12)

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