Africa: A continent in crisis

HARARE - South Sudan is Africa’s newest and youngest country but I hate what is happening there right now.

Selfish politicians have allowed the country to degenerate into spates of violence bringing  untold suffering on innocent civilians who have nothing to do with hostilities in their country.

The United Nations estimates that over 180 000 people have been displaced by the fighting in South Sudan and it is reported that the displaced have no water, shelter or food.

In addition, over 1 000 people have lost their lives in extremely brutal circumstances, all because we have politicians who love power more than they do humanity.

We ought to earnestly love one another as brothers and sisters regardless of political, ethnic, religious or any affiliation at all.

The Egyptian crisis also continues unabated.

I hate to be associated with an Africa that has no respect for democracy, human rights, rule of law, good governance and peaceful transition of power.

Lives continue to be lost; the military continues to brutally and undemocratically oversee the affairs of Egypt without any mandate to govern from Egyptians.

And, I haven’t seen any African solution to African problems in Egypt.

The same applies to the Central African Republic whose conflict has also destabilised that country.

Innocent lives are lost and thousands are being displaced.

Crimes against humanity and war crimes are committed against women, children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

This pattern is seen even in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Somalia.

The situation in Mozambique that disturbed us in the recent past seems to have died down or is it simply a consequence of the fact that it is now difficult to keep reporting about these sad African stories.?

Unfortunately, these are our African stories and we need accurate reports on problems bedevilling our continent so that we will be able to respond appropriately and expeditiously to these preventable human-made crises.

Boko Haram also continues to wreak havoc in Nigeria.

This is an all-too familiar African script and I do hope (and I am quite optimistic) that a new generation of African leaders might be able to break with the sad and brutal Africa we have now.

Africa is in dire need of leaders who will serve their people first and not themselves.

And now to the crux, the Zimbabwean strife.

The situation in my country makes my heart sink.

We are tired of endless political bickering and economic deterioration.

Zimbabwe is burdened with a declining economy and high unemployment rates.

It is quite sad that the situation has worsened only a few months after brazen electoral rigging by the Robert Mugabe regime.

Poverty has taken root and we strongly and vehemently reject the undemocratic system of government obtaining in Zimbabwe.

The time has come for us to bring dictatorship to its knees and take strong measures to solve the economic problems.

We need to free ourselves from the shackles of Zanu PF tyranny.

We have seen the role played by the military in helping the government to come to power or stay in power.

Mugabe lacks legitimacy. He is one man who has come to power, and has stayed in power by violent means.

He has complete disregard for the welfare of the people and we can’t honestly continue like this.

This has to come to a complete halt.

Focus in a free, just, democratic and prosperous Zimbabwe should be on the establishment of factories, employment creation and revival of the economy.

We need to change the position of our country from that of a debtor to that of a creditor, from a country in debt to one whom money is owed.

The situation prevailing in Zimbabwe has taught us thus: “Education can teach people how to disguise their evil intentions but it can never transform their hearts.

“They will still be dishonest and selfish no matter how sophisticated they become” (Alejandro Bullon).
We have human hyenas taking advantage of our suffering for their benefit themselves because of our seemingly hopeless and desperate situation.

I need to remind these oppressors that constant poverty and prolonged oppression drives people into aggression.

It is a telling fact that the majority of the modern world’s social conflicts have their roots in the sense of frustration, injustice, and desperation that more and more people feel.

Authoritarianism remains an evil, a cancer in the body politic which must be removed before our democratic health can be realised.

The underlying philosophy of democracy continues to be diametrically opposed to the underlying philosophy of authoritarianism and all of the dialectics of the logicians cannot make them lie down together.

After all, “To deprive man of freedom is to relegate him to the status of a thing, rather than elevate him to the status of a person.” (Martin Luther King, Jr).

Evil must be resisted because no moral man can patiently adjust to injustice.

What we need today is a group of men and women who will stand for right and be opposed to wrong, wherever it is. 

Let’s withdraw our cooperation from an evil system.

We want determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity.

As ED Nixon puts it, “We’d better decide now if we are going to be fearless men or scared boys.”

Now is the time to make real the endless promises of democracy.

To young people I say: “Let’s gain wisdom, strength and maturity by association with faithful men and women, those who have shown and displayed unwavering fidelity to the cause of freedom and have met with courage and loyalty the trials that came upon them.

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Let’s not forget that a social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt.

A movement that changes both people and institutions is what we want and that is what we call a revolution.

Become a dedicated fighter for a free, just and democratic Zimbabwe.

Make it a central part of your life. As for me I have made a career of humanity.

I have committed myself to the noble struggle for a free, just and democratic Zimbabwe.

If you do this you will, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr “…make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

I am ready to die for the cause I am advocating for.

In conclusion, Happy New Year comrades! Happy 2014!

May love, peace, comfort, success and progress be yours in full measure and do not let 2014 end without us having a legitimate government whose legitimate role is being responsive to our diverse needs.

To the sceptics: “The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all."

Morgan Tsvangirai stays as leader of our movement.

After many torturous years we hope for nothing but a united, compassionate and caring nation. May God bless Zimbabwe!

May God bless Africa!

Comments (3)


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Clean Water - 16 January 2014

Actually there many more African countries that have similar problems or issues around major human rights violations. Some that come to mind, DRC, Swaziland, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Egypt etc

saundy - 20 January 2014

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