These are exciting times for East Africa
The world is focussed on the so-called Arab Spring (where blossoms are yet to appear) and missing exciting political changes in other parts of the world. In East Africa, for instance, a pattern of political reforms that is set to change the political landscape in the region is emerging but is not receiving much attention from outside the region. It is perhaps because it is less spectacular than the Arab Spring. It is not happening on the streets for months on end and therefore does not provide exciting footage for foreign TV audiences. Nor does it attract romantics excited by massive crowds facing huge arsenals of the state with their bare hands – and winning.