Ato Kwamena Onoma heads the African Centre for Peace and Security Training of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Addis Ababa. He is the author of “Anti-refugee violence and African politics” (2013) and “The politics of property rights institutions in Africa” (2009).

Special Issue: Westgate Mall Attack | December 4, 2013

Westgate, Counterterrorism, and Good Governance in Africa

The September 21 Al-Shabaab attack was a significant blow to the difficult process of state building on the continent, producing a sort of fear that prompts advocates of good governance to give states a blank check in the so-called ‘war on terror.’  People in Somalia and other countries touched by Somalia’s instability should, above all else, rededicate themselves to the fight for good governance and try to recapture the respect for human rights (including those of terrorists), as well as the commitment to the rule of law (including when dealing with terrorists) that such attacks tempt us to cast aside.

Photo credit to Flickr user ciat. Photo taken on June 28, 2012 by Neil Palmer. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (new version CC BY 4.0). No changes were made. Original photo:
A farmer in Geita District, Lake Zone, Tanzania.