Fr Kizito: African Solutions to African Problems?
Sadly, the celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of the African Union (AU), under the banner of the "African Renaissance", have been transformed into a showcase of the worst of the continent's political developments. The Organization of African Unity (OAU) has its origin in the struggle for decolonization and took final shape in
The recently concluded 5oth anniversary celebrations were attended by 54 African heads of state and government. Among those in attendance were Presidents Omar al-Bashir of
In the general meeting, the Ugandan foreign minister, Sam Kuteesa, filed a motion asking the member states to support the withdrawal of the ICC cases against the president Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, arguing that the allegations are based on falsehoods. At the same time, Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, sought assurances that President Kenyatta would not be humiliated when he travels to
While Museveni was busy making these complaints, in
In the wake of the rhetoric of respect for national sovereignty of African countries, the Zambian president, Michael Sata, has called for the Kenyans to solve their problems, saying, "Where was
Finally, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has accused the ICC of "racial discrimination" stating that at the time of its creation the purpose of the ICC was to avoid all forms of impunity, but now those good intentions have degenerated with " 99% of the Hague defendants being African, and this is sufficient to show that something is wrong.”
Inevitably, political commentators have pointed out that
"African solutions to African problems" is the mantra constantly repeated by members of the bloated bureaucracy of the AU, but the problems are solved just little. The AU is rather the public of the continent, where a civil society exists, the best illustration of the proverb that says, "You never stop to eat the meat of an elephant."
There is need for African-realism, that is, you have to look at the many, many Africans who were not invited to the celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary and who work hard every day to grow and to enforce its rights and those of others.