With no vaccine discovered yet medical workers (heroes) are treating symptoms to save lives. That’s exactly what African politics is for decades now. The people in power absolutely have no idea how to cure our problems but treat symptoms on a daily basis. The intellectuals with viable solutions have either been suppressed, jailed, killed or exiled to far lands. Others just abandoned politics for purely obvious reasons it’s a dirty game full of hooliganism, malice, lies and black mail.
If it is not witchcraft, how can you convince me that a straight thinking head of state (Mali) can hold a video conference meeting with his cabinet practicing social distancing but then order the country to head to polling stations and vote. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Malian President is expecting his citizens to head to polling stations today to vote members of parliament amidst this pandemic assuring them that precautions will be taken despite the 171 confirmed cases and 13 deaths. If you and your few cabinet members had to use video conferencing how can you ensure safety measures for 200,000 plus people in one station? This is the same country that shut its boarders, schools, banned social gatherings but left mosques open! The healing needed is beyond imagination.
Like it or not corona has already disrupted elections in Africa with countries like Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Ghana expecting voting this year and Uganda next year. Well the wise thing to do is delay the elections to minimize risk of transmission presenting a rare opportunity to stay in power for African leaders hence the first laugh. With legislators all over the world cutting their salaries to help boost the fight covid fund, the ones in Uganda pocketed 20M shs each though some didn’t take the money. As I asked myself how such broad daylight theft is possible, I remembered it runs in our veins. Ugandans sell themselves out each campaign season. The same MPs go door to door giving out kwete, bushera, amachunde, bars of soap, salt, mukene and an envelope. The day you took that pot of kwete bought by an incompetent aspiring MP is the day you sold out your country. Most MPs literally bought their way to parliament so they are now harvesting(having the second laugh). Let’s treat the disease from bottom up the system is nasty.
Lastly is the last laugh. When you see a leader telling his citizens to go vote during a pandemic something fishy must be behind this horrendous act. Most countries are doing whatever it takes to have cases and deaths for selfish reasons of course ( the last laugh). The International Monetary Fund (IMF) introduced a policy of debt reliefs to badly hit poor countries as a gesture of helping them return to normalcy. I won’t be shocked if more acts like that of Mali occur or if governments inflate figures as a way to manipulate the IMF into debt relief which debts they took on behalf of citizens were used to buy private jets, mansions in Europe, hotels abroad and fast cars from companies in countries that lent us the money. It’s funny right. The white man must also be laughing out loud. When listing potential winners from this contagion, don’t forget African leaders.
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