The other day I was watching a South African House Session a day after president Jacob Zuma’s embarrassing resignation. The members present were congratulating the new president, former vice president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Don’t ask me of what business was I doing flipping through all the TV channels searching for stuff happening all the way in South Africa. I will take the liberty to tell you why!
First, I’m an African young man who has lived in Africa his whole life and who still believes that South Africa, though with its many challenges, is still our big brother. We are still looking up to it for many things. It produced one of my icons, the late Nelson Mandela, a man I wish I had the privilege of meeting. But now that’s spilt milk. Never meant to be.
Second, I’m a student, another most important point. A final year student at the Technical University of Kenya. All I’m trying to say here is that we are the so said leaders of tomorrow. And as the leaders of tomorrow we must first understand the ground, be aware of our history. Take in every single happening in our present. That information is vital, with it create knowledge. Tomorrow’s leaders ought to be as wise as King Solomon (posses at least a quarter of his wisdom) so as to avoid the pitfalls, the blunders our predecessors committed if we truly believe in leading this Continent to the heights we’ve always dreamt of. Our present leaders are always blubbering of Singapore and how it has risen in such a short span of time into an enormous economy while they’re doing nothing tangible to be like it. Doing nothing positive for our economies and at the end of the day, it will just remain to be a dream.
Tomorrow’s leaders of Africa need to be smart as I had said earlier, and lead smart if they want to lead the millennials. That’s why I’m wondering if Ramaphosa or even Emerson Mnangagwa, the one who temporarily took over the reigns from Robert Mugabe, are the right men for their respective countries and the African block as a whole. That remains to be seen.
Third, I’m a writer — so I keep telling myself — and a blogger who believes in making my country, Africa and the world at large a better place for everyone; black or not, educated or not, rich or poor. I want to inspire, entertain, inform and highlight my world the best way I can. And for that to happen, I have to be aware of every notable event taking place on the continent. Every little happening. In short, I have to be informed.
I take it as my business to know what’s happening in Egypt and its Northern neighbors, I have to know whats happening in the South of Africa and in the West of Africa. Not forgetting here at home in the East and Central of Africa.
That’s my business.
This week Africa lost a very important man and most notorious opposition leaders in our side of the world, Morgan Tsvangirai who was undergoing medical treatment in South Africa. According to me, he came after only our very own “Baba”, Raila Amollo Odinga and maybe Kizza Besigye of Uganda.
I have to know that, I have to record that loss. And now Emerson Mnangagwa will go on to win, I’m sure in the coming election without much challenge.
So back to what I was talking about , the South African House and its honorable members congratulatory messages. One particular member stood out for me, this man from the Asian Community who went full throttle at Jacob Zuma. He said something that I completely agreed with, that Zuma’s number one mistake was blaming the white people for everything bad that befall the country, instead of showing leadership. Every hurdle that came up in his presidency he blamed it on the white people.
This led to wrangles every now and then and most of the time at the expense of the ordinary citizen. Court battles, power struggles in his party was the order of the day. All these eventually led to his fall.
Blaming the white people instead of finding a way of harmoniously co-existing and working with them to help the ordinary citizen get jobs, put food on the table and lead a health life is exactly what former president of Zimbabwe, Mugabe did.
Mugabe chose what he thought was an easy way out by chasing out the white minority from his country. Most of them were farmers who owned large tracks of farmland. Took their land and distributed it among his people (tribesmen) who couldn’t manage them and ended up collapsing. Food insecurity problem started,unemployment rose and on top of that, poor relations between Zimbabwe and the Western countries who categorized it as a hostile nation started.
I think we Africans need to stop living in the past. We need to move on from our painful history and start living in the present. Blaming the white people for things that happened as far as the 19th Century is not going to make our problems go away. Our destiny lies in our own hands. Lets change our mindset.
True, colonialism, just like slavery was bad and unjust but it’s also true that we too gained much from it. The Western Education as it’s so-called is just one of the many merits. Our leaders need to start working hard instead of finding excuses. Live up to their election pledges. Unite people and get them to work together if they hope to achieve anything. Building an economy need well-fed people, healthy people with decent jobs.
African leaders, especially the non-performing ones are in trouble. It happened to Mugabe and now it has happened to Zuma of all people. Who is going to be next?