Hon Koigi Wa Wamwere via Facebook
When AU speaks for African dictators, who will speak for African people if not ICC?
May 25, 2013 was Africaâ€™s Liberation Day. It was the day for Africans to remember â€“ since most have forgotten â€“ that we are Africans not European, American or Chinese.
Above all, it was the day for the worldâ€™s poorest people to take stock of where we are, where we are coming from and where we want to go after abandoning our epic journey to the Promised Land that marooned us in the desert.
But there were no celebrations of liberation in villages and towns of Africa. In Kenya the day was hardly noticeable. At some hotel in Nairobi, African ambassadors spent the day with Vice-President William Ruto cutting and eating the â€œliberation cakeâ€ that most Kenyans didnâ€™t have.
At Ufungamano House a group of Kenyan progressives gathered to celebrate what freedom there is, pay homage to heroes of African liberation, give support to Western Sahara struggling for independence from Morocco and thank Cuba for her support of Namibian and Angolan armed struggle against apartheid South Africa.
African people failed to come out and celebrate African liberation because it is not there. African countries may have a flag and a national anthem but they are not yet free.
Even African leaders at Addis Ababa Ethiopia, met less to celebrate liberation of the continent than to defend each other against humiliation and embarrassment of prosecution by the ICC at The Hague.
As for African people, they never met at Addis Ababa to celebrate their unity â€“ which they donâ€™t have â€“ or liberation which has become a mirage since independence. African liberation has been liberation of African elites, rulers and dictators.
Africa is not united or liberated and is as divided today as it was when Nkrumah died. African leaders only meet to thwart off danger to themselves. As for African communities, they are torn asunder by negative ethnicity while the huge gap between the rich and poor grows bigger everyday.
Rather than meet to discuss non-existent unity and liberation, were African dictators leaders, they would meet to strategize how to end Africaâ€™s continuing conquest by imperialism of multinationals that are in Africa not to develop but fleece her to the bone sanctioned and facilitated by African dictators for Judaâ€™s 30 pieces of silver.
Were African dictators leaders, when they meet as African Union, they should be ashamed and embarrassed that, 50 years old, China had to build their homestead at Addis while African Union continues to be a mere declaration of intent. As for African people, their representatives from all over Africa should meet somewhere to decry their never ending betrayal by African dictators.
As African unity is a forgotten dream, African vision of eliminating poverty is dead. At their worst, hunger and malnutrition kill 6,307,200 Africans every year, have stunted 60 million while diseases and civil wars kill a lot more.
Yes, to eradicate poverty, Africa needs a re-birth and a renaissance. But it can have neither, when intellectual poverty and mental timidity outstrip material poverty. Only fearless, scientific, progressive and revolutionary thinkers can save Africa.
To have a renaissance, Africans must be thoroughly impatient with their condition, capitalism, poverty, ignorance, superstitions, corruption, negative ethnicity, impunity and dictatorship. Who will not weep for people who donâ€™t see the urgency of their own liberation?
Worse, how can Africans celebrate liberation and pan-Africanism when tribe and negative ethnicity pit African against African and boast of genocide in Rwanda, Somalia, Congo, Burundi and Uganda?
After a brief period of retreat, African dictatorship is coming back after choosing to forget the terrible history of African dictators like Mobutu, Idi Amin Dada, Bokassa, Moi, Kenyatta, Haille Sellasie and others.
Africa had great leaders but is uninspired because it does not celebrate them. In their journey of life, Africans have forgotten their Kwame Nkrumah, Dedan Kimathi, Amicah Kabral, Julius Nyerere, Nelson Mandela, Thomas Sankara and Patrice Lumumba.
They sail with misleading compasses in the name of sterile Visions 2020 for Rwanda, 2025 for Tanzania, 2030 for Kenya and 2040 for Uganda all drawn by one British company. How can leaders who cannot dream implement someone elseâ€™s vision?
Africa will be damned if it looks up to African Union for salvation. The synonym of African Union is not salvation but betrayal. When African people were held captive by dictators, OAU cheered. When dictators unleashed terror and genocide, OAU called for non-interference. When African patriots fought for democracy, OAU offered no succor.
When democracy, freedom and rights were negated by African dictators, OAU treated their abrogation as good riddance. When Neto waged war on Libya, African Union just looked on. African Union speaks for African dictators, not African people.
Because African leaders will not abandon dictatorship and impunity, ICC is their worst enemy. But if African Union fumes against ICC for humiliating, shaming and embarrassing African dictators with prosecution, if not ICC, who will speak for African people when African dictators massacre, torture and murder them?
African dictators do not want to surrender dictatorship and impunity. They want the world to leave them alone when they commit crimes against their own people.
We are one African and human family. The earth and African continent are our common home. When a dictator massacres his nation, he violates the sovereignty of the African and human family that must defend it.
Those who want victims of genocide abandoned must remember the enduring lessons of the Holocaust and various genocides. International justice shall be our shield and defender.