South African president Jacob Zuma is due to deliver his eighth State of the Nation Address in parliament on Thursday. Last year he delivered two State of the Nation Addresses – one before and one after the country’s national elections in May. This report looks back at the claims he made about the economy.
“Nigeria is not a poor country,” President Goodluck Jonathan declared earlier this month in response to a World Bank report which listed Nigeria among the five poorest countries in the world. The claim is wrong and misleading.
Weeks into the corruption scandal known as “cashgate” Malawi’s presidency met late last month with officials of the International Monetary Fund to review funding agreements. A press release by the presidency on IMF’s statement told half the story.