In his latest work, “Crisis..? What Crisis?” Gado focuses on the events that shaped Kenya in the pivotal years leading up to – and after – the disastrous 2007 election. A wide range of topics are covered such as the country’s grand coalition government and its new constitution, the international Criminal Court and its tough-taking retiring Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, corruption in all its forms. Obama-mania, the antics of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, and the growing Chinese presence in Africa.
Known as “the leopard, the president of Zaire for thirty-two years, Mobutu Sese Seko, showed all the cunning of his namesake – seducing Western powers, buying up the opposition, and dominating his people with a devastating combination of brutality and charm. While the population was pauperized, he plundered the country’s copper and diamond resources, downing pink champagne in his jungle palace like some modern-day reincarnation of Joseph Conrad’s crazed station manager.
Michela Wrong, a correspondent who witnessed Mobutu’s last days. traces the rise and fall of the idealistic young journalist who became the stereotype of an African despot. Engrossing, highly readable, and as funny as it tragic, In The Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz assesses the acts of the villains and the heroes in this fascinating story of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
When Michela Wrong’s Kenyan John Githongo appeared unexpectedly one morning on her London flat doorstep, it was clear that something had gone very wrong in a country regarded until then as one of Africa’s success stories.
Two years earlier, John had been appointed Kenya’s anti-corruption czar, signalling the new government’s determination to put an end to sleaze. But now John was on the run, having discovered that the new government was looting public funds, just like its predecessor.
Probing the cultural and historical factors at the heart of the continent’s crisis, It’s Our Turn To Eat is an incisive exploration of the corruption endemic in African society, as well as the story of how one brave man came to make a lonely decision with huge ramifications.
Power. Betrayal. broken hearts. Broken promises. This book traces the life and career of Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye and his contest with President Yoweri Museveni. It uncovers details of the relationship between the two men and Winnie Byanyima, explores Besigye’s falling out with the regime and the Army, his flight into exile, and the trials and tribulations he faced on his return.
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Sowing The Mustard Seed is a story of unflinching bravery. It is a story of unwavering search for a true, revolutionary and development-oriented leadership. The author takes the reader on a tell-all journey of the sacrifice that he and other young Ugandans decided to take in order to liberate their country from the jaws of helplessness to which the first post-independence governments had conspired to consign it.
In this spell-binding tale, told in the first-person voice, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni traces the journey of his life from his first few months on earth, through his education, after which he and other patriots embarked on a journey of seeking empowerment to overthrow the despotic regime of Idi Amin Dada. It also delves into other wars, such as the long-drawn-out bid to neutralise Joseph Kony’s ragtag Lord’s Resistance Army and professionalising the Ugandan army, after many years of secterianism. Besides illuminating the struggles of the past, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni shares his vision for Uganda and the pillars he has over the years put in place as President to ensure Uganda’s future is secure both economically and socailly.
Written in easily accessible but highly Africanised language, it is a tale of unstinting focus and commitment that will both inform and inspire the reader.