Zenawi cult in the offing amid famine on the watch of AU & donors By Robele Ababya,
The kleptocratic family of Zenawi’s ‘Golden Race’ is busy in the making of his personality cult amid famine on the watch of AU & immoral donors. His cohorts have dubbed him as “the Statesman leading Africa” despite his tribal policy, which is detrimental to racial harmony in Africa & in realizing the vision of Kwame Nkrumah. Zenawi, the disciple of Enver Halil Hoxha of Albania, is hell-bent on cultivating his personality cult. Like his fallen paymaster Gaddafi he is playing the tribal racist card to stay in power.
Nkrumah’s vision for Africa
The genuine revolutionary, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana including Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia et al were founders of the defunct OAU replaced by the present quasi-dysfunctional AU. Nkrumah quickly embarked on practical aspects of implementing the OAU-Charter. He for instance mooted the idea of adopting the Amharic language as the official working language of the Organization; he sent Ghanaian students to the then Haile Selassie-I University in Addis Ababa – a brilliant move for creating the condition conducive to closer friendship between the youths of the two countries that had culminated in inter-marriages – which is a mighty tool in destroying tribal cancer. It is disgusting that the dismal performance of the incompetent leaders of the AU have betrayed the gains made possible by the defunct OAU; they brought the AU to the brink of extinction; their support for Gaddafi is a crystal clear example of their failure to read the signs of the 21st century where respect for human rights, dignity, freedom and liberty transcends modern infrastructures and buildings development.
Ghana has increasingly become a spring of farsighted citizens. Incidentally, I am in my possession of a photograph of President Nkrumah in the company of his host Emperor Haile Selassie-I looking at a technical experiment I was demonstrating during a state visit by the former. The bright-eyed revolutionary has remained my role model to date.
There are now 54 ‘independent’ states in the huge continent of Africa beset by rampant disease, abject poverty and strident influence of neocolonialists with greedy appetite in the scramble for its (Africa’s) vast resources, which the AU leaders are unable to defend because of their inordinate betrayal, incompetence, incurable corruption and gluttony.
Each Member State is an element of one or more regional groups of the AU and in that reality they share a common destiny, which means that excessive abuses of dictators must not be tolerated under the excuse of sovereignty. There should be a doable common policy to interfere in the internal affairs of countries which commit heinous crimes against their citizens including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and economic crimes of which Zenawi’s regime in Ethiopia stands accused on the basis of its irrefutable records kept by credible sources, including some governments, renowned human rights bodies.
There is a long way to go for progressive African scholars and the new generation of young Africans to realize the monumental vision of Kwame Nkrumah. A lot needs to be done as a matter of urgency because corrupt and incompetent AU leaders have let us down. In its wise objection to Gaddafi’s ambition to create the United States of Africa immediately, the government of Botswana pointed out the uneven level of democracy and economic development within the AU Member States. Botswana government is blessed with respectable intellectuals, educated in prestigious universities, who are running one of the most democratic, prosperous and least corrupt countries in Africa. So I found it worthwhile to elaborate more on Botswana’s line of argument under the captions below.
AU member states & their level of democracy
The list of African Member States and the corresponding level of their democracy is given below. Their democratic status is roughly assessed in a brain-storming session based on a number of parameters which include: internal conflict, crimes against humanity, war crimes, latest success in free, fair and credible election, state-sponsored tribalism, freedom of expression, freedom of association, independent judiciary, independent press, independent civil societies, neutrality of the army and security organs, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), quality of life, academic freedom in tertiary institutions, quality of education, health care, family planning, and environmental care:
1. Failed state (s) includes Somalia, where Zenawi and Afeworrqi have been waging a proxy war and Al Qaeda is hell-bent on making it one of its home bases. It is ravaged by severe famine and only God knows when normalcy will return to this country.
2. Pariah state(s) includes Eritrea teetering on the verge of popular uprising. Eritrea has no constitution to date; it is misruled by a cruel dictator in a class of his own who vehemently shuns Western democracy without providing an alternative model of his own.
3. Dictatorial states include: Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea–Bissau, Guinea, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The worst of these are Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Nigeria is teetering towards a civil war. Little Djibouti is a protectorate of France and therefore can hardly be called independent.
4. Democratic states include: Benin, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, Ghana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. It is on account of its impressive development and advanced level of political maturity of its citizens achieved since 1986 that Uganda is included in this category. Unlike Zenawi Museveni‘s distaste for sectarianism is commendable.
4. Arab Spring States include Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. These three are well on course to becoming full-fledged democracy in time as a result of ongoing revolutions; Tunisia and Egypt are well advanced in their struggle of engendering uniquely democratic states for others to emulate.
5. Quasi-democratic states include Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya. The latest election marred Kenya’s reputation badly; it has to abide by its promise to bring to justice those responsible for inciting intra-tribal violence that claimed 1500 lives and left tens of thousands homeless.
6. Madagascar is suspended state(s) due to political crisis in 2009; Liberia and Saharawi Arab Republic have not been assessed.
It is shameful that 63% states are still undemocratic states – a dismal performance in fifty (50) years of independence.
For the purpose of this piece I would like to make the following observation about some groups regarding their influence on fostering or retarding democracy:
1. Nile Basin states include Burundi, Egypt, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The dominant states in this group are in terms of per cent volume of Nile waters supply to Egypt are Ethiopia (85%) and Uganda (15%). Undemocratic Ethiopia under the misrule of one of the worst dictators on the globe poses a grave danger to economic development, peace and regional stability. A future Democratic Ethiopia, Egypt, Tanzania, and Uganda will have a considerable positive role in fostering democracy and prosperity for the bloc.
2. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) States includes Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
3. The Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD) member states includes Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda.
In the above groups, small countries may eventually merge with bigger ones. There is bound to be big trouble in a group where Eritrea and Ethiopia are involved as long as Zenawi and Afeworqi remain in power; the duo should relinquish power by popular demand.
Africa’s total debt stands at about 300 billion United States dollars. It is shameful that about 63% of the AU Member States are undemocratic states – a dismal performance in fifty years of independence. It would be naïve to expect the immediate creation of the United States of Africa with so many Sates still languishing in abject poverty under dictatorship and – in the case of the Horn of Africa region – exacerbated by the cancerous tribal policy of Zenawi. The phantom dream of Isaias Afeworqi to assert himself as a leading regional strongman must end; his misrule of Eritrea without a constitution is ENOUGH and that he and all other dictatorial AU leaders should be replaced by progressive and educated leaders as a matter of urgency in order to save Africa for Africans.
The majority of African states lagging behind in democracy and prosperity should work hard to reach a comparable level of the few of those who have done reasonably well. All Africans should defend the interests of Africa collectively. Then only will Nkrumah’s dream of the United States of Africa eventually come true. So, it is time to declare: “All citizens for their respective countries; all Africans for Africa”.
Finally, I wish to reiterate my plea to the youths of Ethiopia and Eritrea to work together for a comprehensive regional peace and security for the sake of fostering stability, democracy and prosperity.
LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!
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