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It must be quite something being the US Ambassador to Tanzania. The previous gentleman to occupy the position, Mark Green, was Bush’s man. Generally, a well received fellow. Queitly spoken, focused on the issues that were being endorsed by his President. PEPFAR stuff. All par for the course.

And then along comes Alfonso. He is a military guy and right now with Yemen across the Indian ocean training Africans how to conceal bombs in their underwear, the entire coastline being patrolled by Somali pirates, some would say the US military has a right to be in the neighbourhood, patrolling the beat, swinging its truncheon. (Others have even suggested that his familiarity with handling high level security was a significant factor in his appointment with the 1998 US Embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam still in the minds of American national security policy makers.)

Alfonso is a soldier playing the role of a diplomat. He has certainly been vocal and has weighed in on a host of issues, counterfeit drugs, women’s rightscorruption, but his most notable comments were on the peace process in Zanzibar which were  reprinted in various media outlets and publications in the country. But are we listening? Should we be? Tanzania continues to struggle with the fight against corruption. Zanzibar manages to go for 3 months with no electricity (and by the way not a single protest is heard about it from its peoples) yet the $770 million committed by Bush as part of the Millenium Challenge Corporation is safe. Alfonso has confirmed as much. So, no need for undue urgency then, is there?

President Kikwete has appointed Judge Mark Bomani, again, to be chairman of the (take a deep breath) Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives Multistakeholder Working Group.  Enough said.

So who are we to believe in the row between Sir Bob Geldolf and the BBC? The foul mouthed Irish campaigner has over the years had to endure the public casting aspersions on his efforts largely because of his associations with the less popular but more musically talented Bono. But Geldof is different, more committed and one would imagine, more likely to get into a physical altercation to defend his honour and word. The BBC on the other hand, especially the Africa service, appears to be driven by pushing as many bizarre and negative stories as they possibly can on a daily basis. If you don’t believe me, go to the BBC website and read the top stories. We here at Serengeti hope Geldof kicks the crap out of them. The ‘stud of Baghdad’, aka Rageh Omar, defends his former employers here. Mr. Geldof responds to his response is here.


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March 11, 2010 at 16:48