AFRICA IN 2015 : Not a chance that much will chage

How can it, when President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, a man shunned by almost all civilised nations has been elected to chair the AU.

I know the position is purely ceremonial, but surely there was not much wisdom expended on this.

The President of Sudan, Bashir, indicted by the ICC for alleged crimes against humanity was passed over a while back so Africa could save face. Mugabe should have been taught a lesson and may be given a signal that his time is up. Long time ago, in fact.

True, other sychophants like Idi Amin and “Emperor” Bokassa headed the OAU, predecessor to the AU. Even then Africa lost face and we did not do ourselves a favor on the international scene.

And we wonder why nobody takes us seriously? Why not clean our own house before we make empty, childish and moronic speeches at the UN, and other places that make us the laughing stock of the world?

In 2014 Ebola spread like wildfire in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. African countries looked on, arms akimbo, hoping for Western countries to come to our aid.

Kudos to Rwanda for stepping forward and providing badly needed medical expertise and equipment.

Sadly, even though Ebola spread in few West African countries, outsiders think all of Africa has been affected. I was amused a few weeks ago when I returned from Rwanda and Burundi and was asked at the Austin international airport if I had been to any of the countries affected by Ebola. Excuse me? Dallas is ground zero for Ebola, and you are asking me what?

It was not all bad news in 2014, however. The man that overthrew and killed the maverick and much loved Captain Sankara, Blaise Compaore was un-ceremoniously trounced from office in Burkina Faso when he tried to play with the constitution to get another term in office. Good riddance.

One would hope that this Burkina Faso moment would spread to the rest of Africa where so many presidents have held on to power in violation of their constitutions like a python clings to its victim.

No, 2015 does NOT give me much hope that much will change on the continent. Diseases will spread, un-necessarily. Corruption will continue to be in great harvest. And millions of Africans will continue to go hungry while the stomachs of the “BIG MEN” in power continue to baloon.

And I will continue to lament. Seems like the gods have taken leave of us. But, we are to blame, because we have the power to change, but inexplicably we have failed to do so, for the most part.

We cannot change unless we survive, but we will not survive unless we change, so said a sage before me.

About Willis Shalita

I am a writer who is very impassioned about Rwanda and its remarkable journey from the barbaric carnage of Genocide against Tutsi. I am an avid photographer. I believe the African story should be told through African lenses. Our time has come. If not now, when?
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