Zanzibar: Odd Man Out

As East African Airways flight 304 approached Zanzibar one day last week, a message flashed ahead: "It is I, the field marshal, who comes. Have my army and the press waiting." Zanzi-baris could not fail to recognize the unique style of John Okello, the messianic Ugandan house-painter-turned-revolutionary whose bloody anti-Arab coup put Zanzibar's black Afro-Shirazi Party in power two months ago. But all that awaited Field Marshal Okello was rejection.

Appointment in Nairobi. His 1,200-man army was goneĀ—dissolved by burly President Abeid Karume, who had tired of Okello's manic ravings. No sooner had the field marshal arrived than Karume sent...

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