No wonder no winner

2010-07-03 12:17

Africa has a leadership crisis so deep that 21-year-old Alex, who

runs a kiosk in Lusaka, Zambia, is boggled by the fact that Africans are

celebrating the first World Cup on the continent – without stopping to think

about the ongoing wars in Sudan and Somalia.

The lack of governance in Africa is so severe that the Mo Ibrahim

Foundation this year decided not to award its yearly prize to African leaders

considered shining examples of democracy.

Madame Lilian, a vivacious, grey-haired teacher in Zambia’s Kitwe

says it’s about time the foundation accepts that there is no excellence in

African leadership.

Name all the so-called fathers of liberation, she says, and you

will find that none of them, not even Nelson Mandela, assumed power with the aim

of turning the tide against poverty.

The biggest stumbling block to credible leadership is the broerskap

our leaders hold so dearly that Robert Mugabe is still celebrated as an icon of

liberation instead of being scorned for the murderous dictator he is.

Olusegun Obasanjo, is spending his retirement as an elder after

failing Nigerians in the 1970s and 1990s.

Just as 46664, the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s aids fund-raising

initiative, is not so much a humanitarian cause as it is Nelson Mandela’s way of

covering up for doing nothing about an Aids crisis that spiralled out of control

during his tenure.

I do not consider these elders wise. Their so-called experience is

nothing but a charade for them as they dodge justice.

And this is the biggest problem with Africa: loot, murder and then

bury your head in the sand in the face of war and crises, resting assured that

you will never be brought to book for your crimes.

We are yet to see an African leader who leads with passion and

compassion against the continent’s maladies.

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