According to the UN watcher, the diplomatic shop was probably another opportunity for the UN mafia in Nairobi to cream off some money on the building contracts, and also an avenue for someone to bring in duty free goods
Because power offers so many advantages, and the loss of it can lead to drastic reversals of fortunes, the old ruling classes can become overly bitter at the loss of privilege.
People like the admirable Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere were right to claim that old Africa had a democratic system of appointing leaders. However, what they didn’t have was a democratic system of removing them.
With the right governance structures, regional power authorities could be made more accountable than the remote energy oligarchs in far away capitals that we have today.
Despite its occasional bravado, the momentum has clearly moved away from Al Shabaab to the AMISOM and Kenya forces.
This New Year, therefore, is probably the Shabaab’s last chance to go out with a bloody mayhem