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Published 10th January 2003

Vol 44 No 1


Mwai and Moi make history

Good political news from Kenya sends a message to opposition parties and sit-tight leaders across the continent

Après Moi there was no deluge - just celebratory whooping as Kenyans marked the demise of the seemingly eternal Kenya African National Union, its chief patron and its business associates. A grateful President Mwai Kibaki (tired and wheelchair-bound after a car accident during the campaign) told Kenyans to take a holiday on the first and second of January. Meanwhile, he selected his ministerial team for announcement on 3 January. Celebrants pause: first reality intrudes. According to differing political sources, Kibaki's cabinet had too many KANU has-beens or too many inexperienced oppositionists or it was too conscious of ethnic balance or too keen to reward political favours. At least it was smaller than Moi's last government, by two cabinet ministers and 26 assistant ministers. Beyond the political hubbub, many thought Kibaki tried hard to balance political interest and technical skills. The key components of the opposition coalition all got top jobs: Michael Kijana Wamalwa, Vice President; Raila Omolo Odinga, Minister of Pubic Works; Charity Ngilu, Health; David Mwiraria, Finance; Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, Planning. Less popular were the KANU holdovers: George Saitoti, Education; Amos Wako, Attorney General, and Sally Kosgey, Civil Service Head.


From crisis to crisis

Civil wars spilling across frontiers and fiercely fought elections make for a hard 2003

This year's West African agenda will be dominated by the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire and by the Nigerian election (AC Vol 43 No 25). France is getting increasingly sucked into ...


Succession issues

As President Thabo Mbeki heads for another term, other regional leaders aim to join him

In the run up to the 2004 elections, South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has consolidated his grip on the governing African National Congress and its policy-making bodies. His mix...


A defining terror

Expanding economies and dealing with Islamism dominate policy

North Africa's international relations will be defined this year, as last, by two things: the United States-led 'war on terrorism', targeting Islamist radicals, and efforts to inte...


Accords and aggravations

Congo-Kinshasa's halting peace efforts may at last help stabilise the region

This year, Central Africa and the Great Lakes region have a chance to break the ten-year cycle of violence since the Rwandan genocide and the ousting of President Mobutu Sese Seko....