People Power in Africa: After North Sudan, Cameroon? after Omar El Bachir, Paul Biya? by Dave WANTANGWA

We have been closely following up events in and around Africa. Elected leaders have claimed to have stayed in power for more than expected periods because they keep lying to the international community that they have the mandate of the people. We have seen constitutions being beaten back and forth in favour of those regimes that have over the time become savages over their own very people. One of Africa’s most cruel dictators resides in the Cameroons and last year during the presidential elections, he boasted over social media that he was participating in response to the overwhelming demand from the people to still rule over them. The events after the said presidential elections have proven the contrary. Where has the mandate of the people gone to in some of the countries where these leaders have been using the same trick to perpetuate their rule over their dictatorships and most the times they do so with the blessings and complicity of their western god fathers or would we call them western accomplices or better still colonial masters who have set up a never-ending colonial rule in Africa through the use of puppet proxies whom they teleguide with impunity to the detriment of the development of those countries. A sweeping look at Francophone Africa will reveal the continuous complicity and hegemony of France over those countries. It is attested to that France is colonially teleguiding and controlling the currencies of about 14 African countries and development in those countries is still a far-fetched reality.

               It will be interesting to note with profound interest that events in some African countries have been of serious interest to us. Algeria, North Sudan and previously Zimbabwe etc. where the people have risen and literally chased their leaders out of power. What do the people want? The example of North Sudan is very interesting to demonstrate that when the people rise up, they know exactly what they want. After the military take-over in North Sudan, the people refused to leave the streets because they claimed that the next, though military leader, was an ally of the former president Omar El Bashir. They did not only want the dictator to leave, they did not want also his close allies to take over power be they military of civilian and thirdly, they know they do not need military rule.

               What lessons for other ailing regimes? We would not hesitate to mention those regimes in Africa that are being led by puppets such as the regimes in Cameroon, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, Burundi, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire etc. Those regimes that have lost sanity in their methods of governance over the people largely depending on manipulation of the masses and the use of the military as thugs ready to silence the people through excessive use of brutal methods. They are also composed of a bunch of local accomplices, heartless embezzlers of state funds and enablers who go down to the people to manipulate them, play them against each other and when manipulation fails, they use brute force and all forms of savage methods. It is also unimaginable, how the military in these regimes, have lost a sense of responsibility of true role in the protection of the people and become veritable stooges of dictators. Regimes in Africa are noted for their systematic collapse of democracy and development.

               Given this phenomenon of chaotic dictatorships, people power seems to be the only workable solution in Africa to be able to push out unwanted savages from power. Africa is dripping with the blood of innocent citizens who are either trapped in-between conflicts, or are targets of brutal systems and regimes. The only workable way out of this is that the people through proper education of their true identity, their rights and duties should rise up and chase insane leaders out of power.

               Practically then, what does this mean for the suffering countries of Africa. It means that the peoples trapped in these dictatorships should not let what has just happened in Algeria and in North Sudan to lose steam. In the words of Tiboh Nagy, after the Sudan, the next is Cameroon and to be precise, this means after Omar El Bachir is Paul Biya, these two dictators who have become notorious for hideous crimes against humanity. We do hope and expect that the international community can keep to its commitment in ousting a cruel and heartless dictator that preys on the calamities and misfortunes of those whom he claims are his own citizens if they are not truly his slaves. These two instances should by now be sending the right signals to those leaders who have overstayed their welcome in Africa. The African people should strike for their liberation while the iron is hot so they could embark on the real development of Africa with willing partners, who would be able to treat Africa with respect.

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