WEST TO EAST: MY EAST AFRICAN SOJOURNS
“West to East” is about the author’s experiences in two East African countries, Kenya and Uganda.
After a successful interview in December 2016, the author was offered the appointment of CEO, African Peace Support Trainers’ Association in Kenya. Surprisingly, he developed cold-feet. He had to be coaxed, cajoled and “ordered” to take the job in 2017.
The author’s premonition turned right when he arrived in Kenya to find an organization torn-apart by internal/external politics, personality conflicts and without money. The three-year offer ended in less than a year.
For a continent struggling for unity, this experience was unfortunate.
Earlier, between 2008 – 2009, the author had served in Uganda as Senior Military Adviser to former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique. He was UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for the Lord’s Resistance Army-Affected Areas of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. A summary of the author’s experience in Uganda is provided.
Nana Kwasi Gyan Apenteng describes the book as “a good textbook or supplementary-reader for people in all disciplines, but will be indispensable for professional and lay-people seeking information about Peacekeeping and International Multilateral responses to crisis.”