Has the African Union heard of ‘ Africa rising?’
Perhaps in this day and age you’d think that the Africa rising narrative is something our leaders not only aggressively push for but live by. But after Uncle Bob took the baton on the 30th of January, we sprinted quickly backwards and fell bottom first on that narrative.
I’d like to think of how the next year for the AU under Mugabe will look for in a continent that is badly in need of a new narrative. I’m one of those that subscribes to a new narrative that needs the best of African voices to speak on behalf of our continent, for us but also for the world. Not, the best speakers from an oratory point of view, but those that see, believe, and ensure that Africa’s fortunes are indeed rising.
But when Mugabe took over:
Africa laughed, the world laughed.
For the African Union, it will perhaps be the one of the most visible years if Mugabe’s eccentricity is anything to go by.
What we can truly expect are his tried and tested jibes at Western nations, always incredibly tickling sound-bites for the press across the world.
Here’s a random search on Mugabe quotes.
“The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.”
“I have died many times – that’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once.”
“We don’t mind having sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans.”
You will agree with me that ‘Africa rising’ is in trouble.
The world ideally views the AU leader as a Global Statesman, the voice of Africa and the representation of the fastest growing continent.
Let’s look at the Vision Statement of the AU for some crystal gazing into Mugabe’s year;
“ The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.”
Without a doubt, ‘Representing a dynamic force in the Global Arena’, stands null and void amidst all the western sanctions.
Africa’s longest serving president has a track record that the world sneers & jeers at. Will he now negotiate in absentia in the world’s global boardrooms?
Has the AU failed in its’ ‘rotational’ system?
Shouldn’t the AU now begin to think of a more progressive election that will reflect the so called progressive and modern status of the Union?
Africa in 2015 needs friends & partners to collaborate with in infrastructure, fighting terrorism, funding health projects among others key gaps. However, making a diplomat of Mugabe is akin to the story of the camel and the eye of the needle.
Remember this Mugabe quote?
“I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective: justice for his people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people and their rights over their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be Hitler tenfold. Ten times, that is what we stand for.
RIP Africa rising, til’ we meet.