One of the key events in Africa of the last 10 years, not just 2012, was the death of Ethiopia’s cerebral but iron-fisted Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Officially, Meles died on August 20, 2012, but his critics and enemies (and they are quite a few) believe he passed on early in July, but his ruling […]
Meles Zenawi, A Retrospective: Why Ethiopians Eat Raw Meat, And One Man’s Struggle To Be A Modern Emperor Menelik
When Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died on August 20, he took with him not just a secret about himself, but also about other strongmen-cum-reformist African leaders. That secret – or rather mystery – is why they resort to pulling fingernails and become intolerant of dissident – when they don’t have to and could do […]
The fact that South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan have applied to join the East African Community (comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) was unthinkable even as the 1970s ended. The forces pulling East Africa were either southward, when for example Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere, Uganda’s Milton Obote, and Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda formed the famed “Mulungushi […]
The Moi Hand In Museveni’s Kenya Game; And The Political Tremors Shaking Up The Greater Horn Of Africa (Opening Shots)
Recently The Star newspaper in Nairobi reported that Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister and Local Government minister Musalia Mudavadi held “secret” talks with Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Kampala in early April. The meeting, the paper reported, was also attended by former Kenya president Daniel arap Moi’s roving envoy Mark Too. That was a richly […]
Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi Smile Like Siamese Cats At London Somalia Meet; But What The Hell Is Going On In Kismayu?
•Kenya has trained and armed 4,500 Ras Kamboni fighters – while Al Shabaab has about 3,500 fighters left. •With ‘victory’ in Somalia near, the British have eased pressure on President Museveni to behave at home. •Ethiopia needed a trophy ahead of the London conference; it captured Baidoa. •Burundi’s Nkurunziza was feeling so good, he didn’t […]