African Leaders Should Arise And Do Better Than Cheap Talks

When I hear of Africa, I still remember that there was once the ‘Scramble for Africa’ due to features that made this continent outstanding with attraction.

But then African countries surely boast of attaining independence and with leaders each with a leadership vision for his or her country. Africa is still dragging its feet in development though the member countries come together in unions and agreements, with the hope of being a better achiever in the future.

Will calls of African leaders threatening to pull out of ICC one wonders if theirs is a reason of outside interference as they claim or is it the obvious greed in order to clinch to power forever. Burundi is burning but no African leader is taking note of what the citizens of that country are undergoing so long as the leader of this country remains to be in force. The ICC should thus remain to maintain sanity in most African countries.

The truth is that Africa as a whole continent may have leaders who think they can be independent but from the look of things, we still have a long way to go as Third world countries. The reason being most African countries economies are registering a slow or no growth.

Let Africa start from somewhere and move forward and this can only be achieved if the leaders are really there with visions for their country.

But then in most African countries we have seen mushrooming of rebellious groups and poor leadership is to blame for this. Then there is still the case of security threats due to terrorists and so as Africa countries, we still need intelligent information from development countries like the USA.

So before African leaders can claim to make their decisions alone, I think they need to pull up their socks only when the world will know that they really can.

AU Blindly Touches on Burundi Conflicts, Goes For ICC Instead

Burundians are the forgotten people in Africa. Apparently, African heads of states and governments have nothing else to do but to wait for the man ruling the east African state to have his way.

In the recently ended Africa Union summit in Ethiopia, the heads of states made it clear that they would not send in peace keeping troops in Burundi, but instead they will send in a delegation to chat the way forward for the people of Burundi.

The sad reality on the ground is that, the civilians— especially women and children– are suffering. Men with guns running around killing people because no one is ready to stand up and say enough is enough. It is as if, African presidents do not see these killings as an issue… or maybe they have already seen worse, expecting more before acting.

According to Africa, ICC is an issue that almost every head of state had a say about. This confirms to common citizens that something is not right with their leaders and that they only fear ICC because they have think secrets that only ICC can call them to justice.

ICC with should be a personal issue has been made into a continental threat.  And the more they are willing to match out, the pain they will cause to the innocent people who would live regretting what their leaders did.

Burundi by now needs African people to unite against oppression. The president of Burundi, also a future candidate to ICC, is a happy man because his cronies are fighting hard to have him and other leaders planning to do the same shielded from crimes against humanity.

The ban of AU peace keeping forces in Burundi is a clear indication that he wants no one else to see how his security forces are murdering unarmed men and women on the streets. But because no one among the African presidents could see this, then this silence is a confirmation that Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza is doing right.

I hate Evil.

 

Who Is Next After Paul Kagame?  

East Africa is slowly turning in a new bread of life for the sitting Presidents. It seems like every Presidents wants a third term in the office or to rule forever and forcefully like the veteran, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

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 President Paul Kagame of Rwanda .  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday during the New Year’s 2016 speech to the nation  Paul Kagame of Rwanda declared that he will vie for presidency for the third term, as the results of the recent referendum suggests. But now he has just entered in the foot steps of his Burundi counterpart, Pierre Nkurunziza, who forcefully changed the constitution for Burundi to award himself another term in office amid protests and silent genocide in the capital Bujumbura. I wonder how deaths of people means nothing to this leader….

With three countries going for ‘life time thing’ Kenya and Tanzania are the only remaining countries to adapt that system. In Africa, almost everything is possible when you are the president. One can create a small loophole in the constitution that could allow him to be the president forever. This was the trick that the retired president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi of Kenya did— and it paid off because he ruled Kenya for 24 years.

With Tanzanians already enjoying the fruits of the new president, John Pombe Magufuli, the biggest worry now rests with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. who has a few months remaining to elections day.

The president has been under fire for his cool way of life as corruption takes root in most public sectors under his leadership. Security wise, some changes in his security team has resulted into minimal terror threats to Kenyans‘ life. Nevertheless, still a lot has to be done to end terror menace in the country.

Looking at the lessons from other East Africa presidents, Uhuru would wish to remain on the seat for a very long time but the constitution of Kenya is under watch from all angles of life.

Now, will Tanzania be the next victim? Only time has all for us to see and learn.

Political changes In Africa, The Sunset In PEOPLE’S Life

Being in an African country, we also experience an almost similar situation in terms of leadership like other African counties where the political climate may not be the best.

By looking at Burundi as an African country falling down into pieces and even as a solution lies into their leader, he would rather force his leadership to stay in place. He is watching people suffering due to his selfish decision but he would rather stay put in the self forcing government.

Let me say most countries have tried to bring about political changes and even as some have succeeded, for others dictatorial leaders won’t allow this. I remember a time in my country pushed in for a new constitution which is in existence to date. This was just a positive milestone and we hope to usher in more changes for the good of all citizens.

Then I always appreciate the kind of work being done by the opposition as it puts the government on check to ensure all is well in terms of its governing. But in Kenya for example, the political arena has had a number of the same people in the few regimes that have been in place. As Kenyans its true we have been yearning for changes and that’s why vote the leaders that we think are best.

Kenya is sailing in the same boat as most African countries and even as Burundi is burning, it’s true we can close one eye to claim being better off. Post Election Violence (PEV) is a monster that no Kenyan would wish to have a repeat of the same, something that left many Kenyans wounded, some physically and others emotionally.

So we need change as a country and by the look of things, the current government has more subtractions than additions. So who will make us get great changes, is it the opposition? Nobody knows though I believe by 2017, we will have the best changer in terms of leadership.

To Know a Bad Leader, See How He Treats A Known Bad Leader

The Swahili saying, Mwenye Nguvu Mpishe (Let the energetic get through) might mean that we should be cautious when handling matters that are beyond us or when dealing with someone whose power is out of our reach. For example when trying to oppose the dictatorial government while you already know you do not have a chance at all.

But sometimes silence means death! Then what should you do to survive?

Everyone listens when someone cries for help. Oops! Not always because so far the people of Burundi have been crying for help but no one in Africa is ready to listen to them.

It seems that people in Africa, especially those living in EAC region do not value humanity anymore. Even though people suffering are our brothers and sisters, silence from EAC heads of states only confirms that the countries have lots of problems to deal with and they have no room for sympathy anymore.

While the heads of states in the EAC region were pushing for trade deals, nothing came into our mind that they were also colluding amongst themselves to give us a raw deal if political disagreements emerge in a member state.

Recently, the parliamentarians in Bujumburu voted for not peace keeping mission in Burundi. This is just one way of keeping out foreigners into Burundi’s brewing genocide. I do wonder why when people— innocent individuals (men, women, and children) suffer; other men and women who ride in big cars with security details all over would only relax and let the sufferers face the wrath of fate. This goes on until they are actually affected… a time the call for help from the international community.

Why kill your people because of greed for power? And why watch as your friend murder his own people in order to remain in power?

There is one Bukusu saying that when translated goes ‘A good dog can’t walk with a bad dog unless they are both bad dogs.’ Coming in the mix with political stalemate in Burundi, it means that the friends of Burundi president are just like he is… only that nothing has happened yet in their countries.

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