My first thought, as was the case for several of the posters before me, is that this is about China. I don't know off hand which of the African countries are basically being rented by China right now, but I do think this is reason enough to find out. I don't think this is just end game, being prepared though. It seems much more like containment and having troops in place like the European colonies in the World Wars. It makes me think that the situation with China is worse than most of us believe and picking up pace. Worrisome stuff, OP. S&F.