By: Sivuyile S. Sesi
As Mohammed Morsi only served a single year as the new democratically elected president, the military coup did not work in solving Egypt's problems rather it has deepened division. Peace is disturbed, there's more bloodshed, and people are dying.
The interim government is finding it not easy in solving the complex current situation. For the military to consider the voices that called for the overthrowing of Morsi now its turning back. Its clear dealing
with politics in a democracy is complex and needs careful decision making.
Rather Morsi term should have been given time through rigorous engagement, and explored more means for him to account to finding better political solution as it is called for now.
That is why democracy is more considered to be better you cannot just decide to do anything you want on the system that deals with people and politics. You must examine the legitimacy of your decision when dealing matters that affect a large number of people. As it is a within system military coup, overthrowing a democratically elected government who also have large number of peoples support on its side, they took extreme action over simply thought decision. They seem had not considered vertical and horizontal accountability. For people to call up on the military to help them, the military should have used the support and trust of such people to keep democracy and to pressure Morsi to serve the people. Engagement is key in ensuring that in the process there is peace.
Millions of people toppled Morsi as means to solve what they found unsatisfactory, that more power is concentrated to the Muslim Brotherhood. Still more people are dying for protesting against the
formed interim government that was seen as being more legitimate than through constitutional and democratic engagement to find solutions. They couldn't wait for democratic election for government change, now the situation is worse.
They decided to lift state of emergency called by international observers. The military coup didn't work. Then now the voices calling for the reinstating of Morsi as a solution are bigger. Division is rife.
Egypt risk being like Syria, whereby more people will die because of arms and force deposit, which happens as more people get to understand the pain and suffering of the people they support in the situation. War can start anytime as protesters supporting Morsi also become more armed.
This is not new, basic human rights are at stake, people are dying, and a big war can explode. Peace keeping and making mediation is needed before the situation get out of hand with more illegitimate arms.
The international observers are already saying that protesters are also armed and are shooting each other with the army.
Reconciliation calls need balanced mediation. The voices of mediators, especially African Union (AU) needs stronger voice, because Egypt is unable to control itself. The state of emergency must lead towards more peaceful and democratic Egypt and Africa. Everyone agrees and is working towards that. AU must assert its legitimacy as a relevant body able to solve African problems.
Mediators must be considered in decision making as to how they are most helpful for human rights protection. Egypt is already familiar with them. They have seen how they can be helpful.
Egyptian people voices must decide on the help offered as it best suits them. The AU, United States, European Union and Arabs are there for them. No more human rights abuse and bloodshed. Democracy might have found not to suit their situation but it does provide for the will of the people, it deserves a chance. They must democratically organize themselves for peace.
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