It makes me sick to see how African leaders fraternize with each other—cocktail-drinking, cigar-smoking liberation brothers who have fought off the evil white colonialists—while one of their own, Zimbabwe, struggles and perishes, all in the name of brotherhood and Africanism.
What is most confusing is the apparent unwillingness to believe that the silence is ultimately meaningless. The lack of open dialogue on the continent does everything to keep the man in power on a daily basis, and absolutely nothing to prevent his inevitable downfall.
Whether it be Thabo Mbeki, Muammar Gaddafi, or Paul Kagame—holders of the pan-African dream—somebody has got to say something.
The situation in
Zimbabweans will be all the worse for the silence. Mugabe has narrowed his presidential future down to possible conclusions; death or revolt, and silence from abroad will not prevent this, only make it harder to transition.
And it all seems to be because of the West.
An African problem, they say, calls for an African solution. While Mugabe blames the West for his problems, the rest of
The lack of change in
This continent is too obsessed with its relationship with the West that it is paralyzed to do what it should, and would, under different circumstances.
Would it be more wrong if a white man was destroying a foreign country the same way? Yes. Is it any less wrong because it’s a black man destroying his own? No. It really is awful and disgusting to watch someone who is so blatantly breaking the back of his own people while his peers hide shyly away in the shadows of pan-Africanism. Nothing could destroy Garvey’s dream more.
As a leader who has struck a good balance between
You know what real brothers do when one has a problem? They talk about it. Family affairs stay family affairs, but something has to be going on. For some reason, some of the brightest and most able of African leaders think—or, even worse, think they can pretend to the public—that being a brother means supporting one another to no end.
President Paul Kagame, be the man for Africa you’ve been for
Mugabe is not the country. The people who remain afterwards are the country, and they will most certainly remember that
How do you think that’s going to feel?