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
Many African leaders have started out like Sata, but disappointed. Will he hold the course? It is too early to say, but some of the things he has done, which have not made headlines, give faint reason for hope.
If there was a big push to prune trees, not only would they grow taller and provide a safe haven for endangered birds, but also the people would have enough firewood without hacking whole trees down.