While the protests convulsing Bahrain and Libya this past week occurred in vastly different contexts - and will likely produce very different results - both were met with conspicuously swift crackdowns. And in both cases, reports suggest the Libyan and Bahraini regimes deployed foreign fighters and mercenaries against their own citizens, lethal clashes that left scores wounded and many dead In Tanzania, peaceful and lawful demonstrations which are as a matter of fact, protests, are quashed using maximum force leaving scores injured, maimed and worst still, murdered. Unlike the scenario mentioned above, perpetrators of these gruesome, despicable acts against fellow citizens Tanzanians are carried out by our own brothers and I believe sisters in the Police Force. Not hired hands from across our borders. Across theocracies, securocracies, ccm-cracy and what we have in the form of democracy across all over Africa, the preachers of these political systems congregate in Addis Ababa now and then for their annual halloween where formation of United States of Africa is often on the menu (not agenda). The mad Colonel has (once?) occupied the chair. Right now there is a comedian in the name of Mutharika sitting on it. As in the case of the mad Colonel, time is running out. The same applies to other despots in Africa. Hopefully, with most of them gone, AU may at last be formed and live to the aspirations of the Pan African movement. Despots, watch out!