African presidents conspiring against Africa – Tanonoka Joseph Whande

via African presidents conspiring against Africa by Tanonoka Joseph Whande | SW Radio Africa  Thursday, March 27, 2014

For many years, there have been countries that the world, including that omnipotent organisation, the United Nations, viewed as oppressive, dictatorial and seriously devoid of the smallest spec of democratic intent.

Among such countries are Cuba, China, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Even today, these countries have little semblance of what a free, democratic society should be like.

One of the panels, councils or commissions the United Nations established was the United Nations Panel on Human Rights.

The purpose of this particular panel was that “members elected to the Council shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights”.

The UN says the General Assembly “can suspend the rights and privileges of any Council/panel member that it decides has persistently committed gross and systematic violations of human rights…”

I guess in the eyes of the UN, Zimbabwe does not fall into this category.

It, therefore, did not come as a surprise when, in 2006, the United Nations appointed, to this panel, the world’s worst human rights abusers: Cuba, China, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

This was a sick joke that the United Nations played on the world.

Zimbabwe welcomed these nations to be arbiters and monitors of democracy because Robert Mugabe knew he was in good company.

This expensive and ridiculous joke was later re-created by the Southern African Development Community when it made Swaziland’s Mswati the Chairperson of the so-called Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

It does not help that those same people who are inflicting abuse on us are supposed to be the same ones curing us.

How much respect do you give a doctor who breaks your legs with a hoe handle and then purposely plays surgeon as he attends to the amputation of those same legs he deliberately broke?

But the world community was not done with its dangerous contradictions. Just last year in August, the United Nations was back in the news as it vigorously tried to defend itself for endorsing last July’s disputed elections at a time when there were outcries from just about every quarter, including SADC and other governments in the region.

The UN went on to hold an international tourism summit at Victoria Falls, “which took place in the weeks after the disputed electoral ‘victory’ by ZANU PF”.

Such behavior coming from the world body lends credence to the accusations that the United Nations is not a true, honest and impartial arbiter of disputes among member nations at loggerheads.

This weakens the organization and lowers people’s expectations of protection. It also sends wrong signals to those governments and tyrants that are abusing people around the world. The UN, in effect, becomes an accomplice in the abuse of people it is supposed to be protecting.

The UN, of all organisations, must have zero tolerance for abusive dictators; it is its own witness as to the endless problems and deaths caused by these errant countries and their leaders.

The UN must also remember that other organisations look up to it and want to work with them to alleviate people’s suffering.

How does a human rights organization involved in exposing a government or a leader who murders and abuses people work with the UN when the UN itself embraces the very people being reported to it for human rights abuses?

Continental and regional groupings, like the African Union and SADC, are already copying the contradictions the UN seems to be championing.

Earlier this year, the credibility of the African Union came under scrutiny after the continental body appointed Mugabe to be First Vice-Chair of the reportedly influential AU executive council – a not so subtle indication of who will be taking over the AU chairmanship next year.

How do well-meaning African nations work with the AU to bring sanity to Zimbabwe if the AU itself deems Mugabe as a man to lead a continent so much bedeviled by the kind of atrocities, corruption, human rights violations that the AU itself espouses to be working to eradicate?

And it is not Mugabe alone; it is any other errant African leader the AU would be obligated to approach and encourage to follow acceptable leadership codes that protect the people on the continent.

In the SADC region, Botswana and South Africa have directly suffered from Mugabe’s ill-advised economic and political policies. The two countries have seen daily influxes of Zimbabweans who cross the borders for both economic and political sanctuary.

Only last Friday did Gwede Mantashe, the Secretary General of South Africa’s African National Congress, publicly concede that Zanu PF destroyed the economy of their country.

“”In 1980,” he said, “the value of the Zimbabwe dollar was R1,50 and today it has no value. It is a massive destruction of the economy. I do not want South Africa’s economy to collapse.”

Meanwhile, other SADC countries suffer in silence presumably because they hold Mugabe in high regard.

Not to be outdone in the perpetration of contradictions, SADC will in August this year move their tea-party junkets to Victoria Falls where Mugabe will be hosting them all.

The Victoria Falls was the UN’s scene of the crime last year and here comes SADC, in the UN’s footsteps.

The summit, to be attended by regional Heads of State, will see Mugabe taking over the chairmanship of SADC while, at the same time, he is almost assured of taking the AU chairmanship next year, effectively giving Mugabe total control of Africa’s key leadership institutions.

What does this say about the collective quality of Africa’s leaders? In spite of public posturing, all Africa’s leaders know the havoc Mugabe has caused in both Zimbabwe and Africa yet, like newly born blind puppies they behave in a manner that is not of benefit to Zimbabwe or Africa.

The heart of the matter is that the African Union and SADC must, of necessity, separate themselves from presidents and adopt priorities that prevent friction between nations.

The people, not presidents, must be their constituents.

They must stop wars; must prevent conflict and must act with firmness and fairness.

They must take Africa’s problems seriously.

Africa is burdened with a plethora of problems and yet these organisations spend all their time preening and massaging dictators’ egos.

African leaders feel threatened by human rights; they are afraid of the rule of law.

Both the AU and SADC are not serving the interests of the continent if they allow this attitude to prevail. They should shed the image of accommodating dictators at the expense of the abused people.

Somewhere in Africa this week, there is an outbreak of Ebola and Ebola is a continent wide serious issue. Given the easy movement of people among nations, this is of concern to every government in the world.

I would not be surprised if some of these morons refuse to travel to Washington for a summit to discuss how best their countries can be assisted to further develop, demanding that they will not go to get financial aid for their suffering people unless Mugabe, who is busy making his own people suffer, is invited.

Such are the leaders of Africa.

The whole of Africa is at the mercy of its leaders.

Both SADC and the AU can afford to play such fatal games with a continent and its people because they believe the British, the French, the Americans and other European nations will almost always certainly come to the rescue.

It seems to me as if African leaders are deliberately keeping Africa in an endless twirl of problems for their own selfish reasons.

I am Tanonoka Joseph Whande and that, my fellow Zimbabweans, is the way it is today, Monday, March 24th, 2014.

 

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13 comments on “African presidents conspiring against Africa – Tanonoka Joseph Whande
  1. Roving Ambassador says:

    I see it from a different perspective. The Chinese hand is in all this. They built the AU headquarters for their surrogates. They can influence each and every African country. Remember when the Dalai Lama wanted to go to South Africa, the Chinese said no way and Zuma complied.
    They are using Mugabe to strengthen their sphere of influence.
    He is a very willing customer.

  2. John Thomas says:

    African leadership disrespects it own people. People do not demand respect. They want leaders who will take their problems off their hands. This dynamic is not about to change. Expect ever more bad leaders.

    • Zombi says:

      John Thomas… You are a wise man. I couldn’t have said it better. But alas, here is a challenge. Hoe do the people demand respect? In a democracy, we rely on elections… Eerrr… Free and fair elections. That’s how we punish errant leaders and demand respect. But elections in Africa….!!!

  3. NBS says:

    I love Tanonoka’s writings. Often his heart resonates with mine. The Un is a godless new age organisation trying to disguise itself as a sort of messiah and guardian of human rights. Watch this space as the whole ‘anti’christ’ thing unfolds and biblical prophecy is fulfilled. SADC and the AU are filled with very unwise and selfish people who cannot see the anything except the next dollar in their pocket and the seat of corrupt and evil power. God will not be mocked

  4. The Truth. says:

    Human rights include minority rights to their languages, cultures and space.

    Whilst every human being has a democratic right to live and work anywhere in their own country – they all have a place of origin, a home area or region so to speak. Pretending otherwise as happens in gukurahundi Zimbabwe is asking for trouble. It stokes cesessionist ideas.

    Imposition of the Shona language on the Mthwakazi people through the gukurahundi campaign of the 1980s, under false pretences of dissidents insurgency and the current “ANDINZWI CHINDEVERE” claims is oppressive and tantamount to Afrikaaner apartheid tactics of forcing Black South Africans to use Afrikaans as a study medium in South Africa, that eventually led to the 1976 student riots in Soweto and made the Hector Petersons of this world global heroes.

    This is why some of us stand firm for devolution and have fought hard for the new constitution!!

  5. Mena Bona says:

    Africa really needs to decide if they truly wish to be governed under a democratic system. If this is the case, because with very few exceptions Africa countries only profess democratic principals, the people must make their voices heard. If not Africa should just revert to the old tribal system were the Chief is in charge for life and has the absolute power of life and death over his subjects because, after all, this is absolutely the case in many African countries. Zimbabwe is the best example of this under ZANU PF. They hold elections that are an absolute sham, they control the media, they not only intimidate their opposition but also slaughter their opposition, the Chief controls the economy for him and his indunas accounts and the population has no voice in any form. Absolutely nothing different from the tribal systems of the past.
    If Africans want that system, let them shut up and lump it. If they no longer wish to live in the Stone Age, let them FINALLY stand up and say enough. We demand change.

  6. Mseyamwa says:

    The incumbents and oppositions in africa are conniving against their people. It is necessary to educate the masses on what democracy is and governance principles in general. African leaders are able to play god in their countries in times of the peoples’, which is a chronic and perennial dituation, using resources bought from public coffers and acting as if it’s their personal wealth. As long as the masses are made to believe they have no expectation from their govt, they will not demand anything. What they actually end up thinking govt is there to do is totally divorced from the truth. The politicians end up allocating themselves additional powers over the people that no constitution grants and the people are none the wiser. No one will raise issue about the abuse if they do not know it’s abuse.
    I once asked a woman who was telling all that she had voted a ZANU MP after any election, why, and she said coz the MP had stopped and given her a lift in his benz a few days earlier. Not his policies or his party’s policies but a benz ride. Something has got to give.

  7. dviad says:

    To avoid a relationship with someone or a country does not at all result into a positive change,. Rather include, and mentor or coach instead of yourself becoming a dictator that tells some one to do what you want. Those nations who claim to be super democrats must be careful not to fall in the same pit of dictatorship when they tell others what to do. True democracy and professionalism does not hold any grudge against any one but rather it about love your neighbour as you love yourself.

  8. Wilbert Mukori says:

    “How much respect do you give a doctor who breaks your legs with a hoe handle and then purposely plays surgeon as he attends to the amputation of those same legs he deliberately broke?” you ask.

    Indeed, and how much respect do you give the Police Office who should be arresting the bad doctor for breaking your legs but instead is singing the praises of the doctor for the successful amputations!

  9. Peter Chikumbirike says:

    Only blind people can not see what Mugabe has done for the black people of this country and Africa .Tanonoka it is not your fault , asikuti unononoka kuona . Read Micah 2 vs 1 to 5

  10. The Truth. says:

    Africans a self-centred and selfish by nature.

    If they are part of the ruling class, they will turn a blind eye to atrocities committed on other communities or tribes by the leadership of the day that they support and are benefiting from.

    They start complaining about this same leadership, only when it turns against them, as is now happening with the Vince Musewes and the Tanonoka Whandes of this world, among many other Shona people of Zimbabwe.

    You cannot, during your brief times of exhubarant excitement create dictators and later on expect democratic outcomes. Think about it!!

  11. Wilbert Mukori says:

    “That’s why the opposition could not operate efficiently during their tenure.” Let me guess, that is why MDC failed to implement not even one reform; right? What a feeble excuse!

    I despair, even with the benefit of hindsight you still fail to see that the opposition was nothing but blundering and incompetent idiots!

  12. The Truth. says:

    Human rights include minority rights to their languages, cultures and space.

    Whilst every human being has a democratic right to live and work anywhere in their own country – they all have a place of origin, a home area or region so to speak. Pretending otherwise as happens in gukurahundi Zimbabwe is asking for trouble. It stokes cesessionist ideas.

    Imposition of the Shona language on the Mthwakazi people through the gukurahundi campaign of the 1980s, under false pretences of dissidents insurgency and the current “ANDINZWI CHINDEVERE” claims is oppressive and tantamount to Afrikaaner apartheid tactics of forcing Black South Africans to use Afrikaans as a study medium in South Africa, that eventually led to the 1976 student riots in Soweto and made the Hector Petersons of this world global heroes.

    This is why some of us stand firm for devolution and have fought hard for the new constitution!!

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