If you own a box, you may have heard of the torture and imprisonment of a young MP in Uganda.
Regular visitors to this spot know of my views on politicians. In case of doubts, I believe they are a despicable lot. And I say this without fear of contradiction. There are a few politicians around the world who may not fit this description but i want to believe they are the exception not the norm (Barry I can see you).
Every day we hear Africans have drowned in the Mediterranean trying to get to Europe. Don’t be fooled to think we like drowning. No, we don’t. It is the conditions we find ourselves in that make us take that treacherous journey to your countries. But it is also to claim that which was stolen from us and continues to be stolen in cohort with our stupid leaders. Our despicable politicians have maintained colonial structures of oppression that the colonialists left in place. And in all these, members of parliament have unashamedly supported the state. Opposition parties have done very little to change this. Theirs is mainly a pursuit for power for power’s sake without drawing and developing a coherent position that the people can rally around.
Our governments instead of investing in education, agriculture and health are so mesmerized by toys they expend money in buying weapons from Europe and America that are generally used against us. And because we have selfish and greedy MPs, they support such misallocation of resources.
Our governments support border regimes(drain by colonial masters) like those America and Europe have enacted for those they don’t like and think this is progress. Our parliamentarians pass laws that make this possible. Fools all of them. But I digress.
In Bobi Wine, the hopes of a generation lies. In him, the possibility of getting fossil Museveni out of power lives. His torture and detention is slowing this process. Museveni and his family hold no monopoly of ideas and leadership. It is time the people of Uganda and their friends from all over the world make the removal of Museveni from power a reality. It cannot be long postponed. Generations have been lost.
The problem in Uganda is that the army (special forces), trained by Americans (so I have learned) stand in the way of freedom. Bobi Wine is detained in a military facility. They have the weapons and training to stop any dissent. This cannot go on.
The second problem is that Western envoys speak from the same side of the mouth, never making any statement that supports the masses. Fuck all of them.
The third problem is the political class.
Here, then, is my dilemma, short of an insurrection, the fossil Museveni, the dictator Kagame, Bongo, the murderous Muigai, Kabila, the idiot in Togo and elsewhere are going nowhere. If this happens, many people will have to die. It should not be this way. I am a coward. I don’t want to encourage people to go to their death in the name of fighting for a great cause. I want people to enjoy the fruits of their sweat. Many lives have been lost on the continent in vain. No greater good has come of it. I want them to take their chances here, in this life, where it matters. I want to them to survive the insurrection to enjoy it. If it doesn’t turn out as they expected, at least, they can say they tried. But I don’t want them dead.
The stupid idea of borders makes working together across borders a challenge. But this is so because those who are classed among us are so afraid of freedom that we would rather work with those who oppress than work to achieve our full humanity by destroying the structures that make our oppression possible.
What is to be done? Boycotts. Sit ins. Write to your embassies. Ask your governments to put pressure on the fossil’s government. And if you can dare to dream, demand the impossible. Force your MPs to cut military spending and instead focus on social services. Demand open boarders. Free markets. Demand that unfair trade policies be repealed. That’s just a beginning.
We can imagine freedom together.
A better world is possible.