Kenya’s Governor Mutua And The Power Of Social Media Spin: Old School Editors Meet Their Match

HE might not be universally liked, but there is no doubting that Dr Alfred Mutua is the most happening County Governor in Kenya today. Previously a journalism lecturer, then Government Spokesman in former president Mwai Kibaki’s government, Mutua clearly learnt a thing or two about spin. And his use of social media reveals a lot about how, in the hand …

AFRICAN CHRONICLES: In Central African Republic ‘Hell’, France Reportedly Steals Rwanda’s Glory

A GOOD SOURCE IN STRIFE-TORN CENTRAL AFRICAN Republic’s (CAR) capital Bangui, tells me that early in the week the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) in the peacekeeping force there, set off on a dangerous journey of about 700 kilometres to the border with Cameroon. Their mission was to secure passage for about 100 trucks carrying humanitarian aid and other provisions to …

Guns, ‘Foreign’ Armies, And East Africa’s New Long Security Wall (What South Sudan Tells Us)

DAYS AHEAD OF THE SIGNING OF A TRUCE by the warring South Sudan parties in Addis Ababa last Thursday evening (January 23, 2014), Sudan (Khartoum) and Ethiopia criticised Uganda’s role in the crisis. It all started late December. As the East and Horn of Africa grouping, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) met to find a solution to the South …

Christmas, Birth, Death And Renewal: Reflections From An African Killing Field

THE LUWERO TRIANGLE , a heart-shaped fertile swathe of land to the north of the Uganda capital Kampala, was once the most famous stretch in Uganda. It is here that Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Army/Movement based their guerrilla war from 1981 to January 1986 when they rode victoriously into Kampala to take power—and have remained put for, by …