The Lower Ends Of Momentum

By David Wesonga

There are things that bother me, and there are things that move me not an inch. I feel even less for the crazed drug lords of Mexico, where being a mayor, a most noble of professions, has become as dangerous as being a reform minded journalist in Iran.

But I do care about Africa. It’s politics, socio-economic status and above all, her people. I care a lot about persons in Africa, and that is why, I am bothered.

Sudan went to the polls in a referendum meant to bring to birth Africa’s newest nation, Southern Sudan. What a waste! Waste of resources, waste of time and waste of international space.

From the word go, it was obvious Southern Sudan wanted to secede and be independent. What would you expect with the predominantly Arab north and the black south ever on the warpath? Then add oil reserves into the mixture and what is supposed to be common becomes political and tactical.

The earliest voice of reason in this chaos, Dr. John Garang, revered leader of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) who’d spent 21 years fighting for Southern Sudan, died in an ill-fated plane crash just after the signing of a peace agreement. He was the only one who ever thought Sudan as a whole could live without splitting.

President Salvar Kiir took over the reins of power and, being an ardent supporter of secession, led the way in calling for autonomy. In the north, President Omar Bashir, a radical, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), among others, on charges of genocide, wants a unified Sudan – for personal gains!

And that is what bothers me. That with each passing decade, African leaders become more uncompromising, take hard-line stances without much thought of the people and seem hell bent on power and not on protecting their manhood – literally!

Think of Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela, Mwalimu Nyerere, Nasser, leaders of independence in Africa who served us with wisdom, and compare them to the school of the present –Mugabe, Bashir, Laurent gbabo, Kibakiand Museveni and many others strewn across the African continent. Then, look at the anarchy they have created. It’s like a transition – from good to bad. And the worst is yet to come!

If you will remember, 2011 began on a low. Coptics were murdered in Egypt, an Iranian plane went down with over 100 aboard, secterian violence erupted in Iraq, disputed elections in the Ivory Coast led to a blood bath and, yours truly, side-stepped his alter beat in health.

We can only hope!

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