Wanted: the real Africa

2008-08-28 00:00

Will the real Africa, where ethics trumps ethnicity and governs power, please stand up? Two sets of events this past month have made me acutely aware that the continent faces a choice of identity and direction that will either save or damn it.

No such excuse exists for the African leaders who, despite being in a position of great economic, political and military strength, have not just appeased the de facto dictatorship in Harare, but encouraged it, and still do. What is that if not a massive evil in its own right? I have sought grounds that might make this policy the lesser of two evils but have come up empty-handed.

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