Nairobi, Kenya – AGENDA NUMBER ONE IS POMBE In July 2015, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta summoned Members of Parliament from the country’s central region to State House in Nairobi. ‘We must agree we have a problem that needs immediate action,’ he told them, declaring ‘agenda number one is pombe (alcohol), number two is pombe and three […]
The war on drugs has failed. It has failed to stop, or even slow, the production, trafficking and consumption of drugs.
The really bold drug barons will set up their own banks to avoid all the hassle of bribing the numerous people from the police to banking officials; dodging the tedious procedures and the obvious scrutiny from government bureaucrats.
Nairobi, Kenya – YOUR SHIP HAS SAILED INTO PORT In September 2015, a ship called the Hoegh Transporter called at the port of Mombasa. Kenyan police promptly detained the Norwegian-flagged ship and arrested its Filipino crew. Investigators then started a systematic search for drugs in the vessel. A few weeks earlier, the 1999-built vehicle-carrier had left […]
Kampala, Uganda – CUE THE STATISTICS. There is a rising concern in both government and welfare circles that the region could be on the brink of a ‘drugs epidemic.’ This could be misleading, and partly a result of our official culture of imitative behaviour. The seizure and impounding of larger and larger amounts of contraband […]
Kampala, Uganda – AN ASYMMETRICAL CONFLICT WITH A SHAPE-SHIFTING ENEMY There were two historic junctures at which the journey to the current ever-globalising quagmire of the ‘war on terror’ could have been headed off. I say ‘globalising’ because what began as a promise of a quick war to depose the Bin Laden-friendly Taliban regime in […]
Luanda, Angola – Recently, I was flagged down by a traffic policeman seeking a ride back to the station after finishing his shift in one of Luanda’s main thoroughfares.Candidly, he explained his predicament: The pick-up vehicle had broken down. Angolans being more used to seeing traffic cops stopping cars to check papers or negotiate a petty […]
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – THE STRATEGY: CHANGING HEADS JPM’s key policy concerns are tackling official waste and corruption, enhancing tax compliance, and creating large numbers of jobs through industrialisation. In the past 12 months, he has dismissed numerous senior officials in central and local government and state corporations for suspected corruption or poor performance, removed […]
Cape Town, South Africa – THE SUCCESSION WILL NOT WAIT FOR THE STARTING GUN The starting gun has yet to go off, but that hasn’t stopped the campaigns to succeed President Jacob Zuma at Union Buildings from racing ahead. At the end of January this year, South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress finally announced […]
Capetown, South Africa – Of all the controversies swirling round the figure of President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma aka Msholozi – his clan praise name – probably the best known and most discussed around South Africa is the issue of his super controversial Nkandla homestead. More than the 783 corruption charges reinstated in April this year after […]