To keep peace, Igad needs teeth to bite

Anti-Seleka protesters shout slogans on their way to the Mpoko airport during a demonstration calling for the resignation of the Central African Republic president in Bangui on January 10, 2014. Michel Djotodia stepped down under regional pressure. The pattern taking shape is one of a dangerous situation, with a regional trend towards autocracy and conflict. AFP PHOTO/ERIC FEFERBERG

What you need to know:

  • Increasing disregard for citizens’ rights by governments across the region have all provoked significant concern.
  • My point here is that regional integration has encouraged East Africans to recognise the ways in which states, economies and everyday lives in the region are connected.
  • The same old faces thinking about the north in the same old way is not good enough.

Scornful of the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative, numerous writers in this newspaper and others have raised the alarm in recent weeks.

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