OCTOBER MADNESS: Can Stolen Elections In Africa Ever Be Better Than Clean Unpredictable Polls? Yes And No

One of the things that most undermines African democracy is election theft. If you look at many bouts of violence and guerilla wars in several countries in Africa – from Yoweri Museveni’s war that started in February 1981, the Algeria civil war that began in 1992 after the military-dominated government cancelled elections set to be won by the Islamic Salvation …

Somalia’s Meat Could Be East Africa’s Poison; And The Rise Of A ‘Smart’ Spy Agency From The Ashes Of War

First published in The East African, Sept. 1-7, 2012 NAIROBI: Somalia’s long transition ended on August 20, with its war-battered capital Mogadishu more peaceful than it has been in 20 years. However, the African Union peacekeeping mission, Amisom, which can claim credit for the change in Somalia, is not holding a victory parade yet. In often bitterly fought urban warfare, Amisom …

From Central, East To The Horn Of Africa, It Has Been A Fast And Furious 20 Years

So, as we reported in “How Guns And Bombs Dramatically Redrew The Economic And Political Map Of East Africa”, (http://nakedchiefs.com/2012/06/12/how-guns-and-bombs-dramatically-redrew-the-economic-and-political-map-of-east-africa-and-the-horn/), after 1998, nothing would be the same in East Africa, the Great Lakes Region, or the Horn of Africa. The decision by Democratic Republic of Congo President Laurent Kabila, seen as a lackey, to expel his supposed “puppet” masters Rwanda …

Torn Between East And The Horn: The Tale Of Kenya, A ‘Two-Axis’ Nation And The Changing Strategic Realities Along Africa’s Indian Ocean Belt

 East Africa and its economic bloc, the East African Community, are about to change forever, possibly transforming into a Greater Horn of East Africa Economic Community. Many factors are causing this change. There is Burundi and Uganda’s lead roles in Amisom, the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia. Then also Rwanda’s long-running involvement in peacekeeping in Darfur and now on …

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 significant detail because to understand …