02.02.11 Congo Siasa - What happened to Francois Soudan?
There must be something in the water these days that makes journalists prone to radical changes of opinion.
After Stephen Kinzer, now it's the turn of Francois Soudan, editor at Jeune Afrique magazine.
article can be summed up thus: Kabila did a lot of good in his
first years in power, but he
has become corrupted and since roughly 2003 he
began an authoritarian drift, accompanied with the luxurious excesses and abuses that Mobutu was known for.
Compare that with an article Soudan wrote for La Revue in August 2006: "Joseph Kabila knows how to inspire a desire of protection among his
elders, to appear older than his
age and, above all, to project his
(my translation) He
has him leading the defense of Kinshasa in 1998 (no mention of Zimbabwean or Angolan troops), unifying the country and restoring the state's authority.
In October 2009, Soudan
was still writing on his
blog that people were unfairly succumbing to "Congo-bashing.