Like Others Before Him, Meles Failed To See That There’s A Smarter Way To Be A Dictator In Africa: The Limits Of The ‘Authoritarian Bargain’ (Part II)

On September 2, 2012, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was buried in the capital Addis Ababa. It was an emotional event, and the high and mighty of Africa all assembled, and messages poured in from all over the world. However, many Ethiopians who hated Zenawi, a man they viewed as an autocrat and dangerous tribalist, were instead celebrating his demise. …

Meles Zenawi; Encounters With The Good, Bad, And Ugly Faces Of African Power

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 much better with a more …