Sadly Inevitable

It has been a struggle not writing about the feeble peace talks in Sirte, Libya. The truth is I couldn’t think of much to say beyond, “I told you so”. Best to keep quiet. But then the editorials started appearing, such as Eric Reeves’ effort posted on The Economist website, bemoaning the fact that only … More Sadly Inevitable

Enya and the Art of Sucking Up to Immigration Officers

On the one hand, the journalist in Africa need never take no for an answer: There is almost always a way into or way out of anything. On the other, no is frequently the first answer. Take a recent experience trying to obtain a visa for travel to a country which shall remain nameless. IMMIGRATION OFFICER … More Enya and the Art of Sucking Up to Immigration Officers

Mission Impossible

Who’d want to be in General Martin Agwai’s boots? As commander of the African Union force in Darfur he has had to preside over a mission lacking money, guns and morale. Last month 10 of his men died in a rebel attack on an AU base in Haskanita. And on January 1 he takes over … More Mission Impossible

Deal or No Deal? How President Bashir Will Emerge the Winner in Libyan Peace Talks

President Bashir has played a blinder. He has said he will allow an international force of peacekeepers on to Sudanese soil. He has been to see the Pope and promised him a ceasefire in time for peace talks due to start in the Libyan city of Sirte on Saturday. And all the while Sudan’s Antonov … More Deal or No Deal? How President Bashir Will Emerge the Winner in Libyan Peace Talks

Al Qaeda and Darfur

From time to time governments in this part of world claim to have uncovered a coup plot or a terrorist cell, round-up dozens of harmless opposition supporters, lock ’em up and throw away the key. So in August I initially dismissed reports of a terrorist plot in Khartoum. President Bashir, it seemed, was taking the … More Al Qaeda and Darfur

And They’re Off

President Mwai Kibaki formally dissolved the Kenyan parliament today, the metaphorical starting gun for the election campaign proper. Yet it already seems as if we have had to endure a year of campaigning. The two main newspapers have carried little other than the manoeuvrings of presidential aspirants for months not to mention the comings and … More And They’re Off