Kenya: don't blame the West
Friday, February 08, 2008
Colonialism might be one of the most serious injustices meted against a people, but it will be wrong to cast all the blame on it for all the wrongs that continue to prevail well over fifty (50) years after the reluctant departure of the imperial wagon.
Today if there is a shortage of bread, we Africans are bound to cast the blame on Britain. If there is shortage of alcohol, we say France. And if some bunch of frustrated, ill-treated citizens, in the guise of ‘the people’s Saviour’, springs up, we hold America or Russia to ransom ‘for manufacturing the guns’ or for inciting war, so on and so forth... When on earth does Africa finally graduate from this gimmick?
By the way, was it only Africa that went through the bitter truth of colonialism? The answer is an obvious no!
The founders of the United States of America went through persecutions of all sorts prior to the establishment of the ‘promised land’, then they had to bit the hell out of the oppressive British to gain the freedom they so jealously guard; and today, America is undesputedly a super power.
Like America, Africa has had enough time to make up for the colonial injustices. But the deep - rooted culture of casting blame, it seem, has constantly hold back any real potential for progress.
Look at the atrocious nonsense that the innocent people of Kenyan are going through today – all of it the making of a few greedy politicians. Colonialism and tribalism have already received more than their fair share of attack from many directions as responsible for the curse that hangs on that once prosperous nation. Prosperous, ironically, thanks to the educational legacy of the imperial establishment. Kenya is lucky to have been one of the few former colonies that got the cream of the ‘imperial left–overs’.
The British colonialists did not only leave behind established institutions of significant importance for the further development of the country, but also a vast array of educated elite; among them the independence leader, Jomo Kenyatta, the “Kennedy of Africa” Tom Mboya, Daniel Arap Moi, Mwai Kibaki himself, and a host of others; all of whom got their privileged education either from some of the most prestigious educational facilities abroad, or from renowned institutions on the continent - the likes of the legendary Makerere University in Uganda.
In the backdrop of the above, what reason do the people of Kenya hold for continuously blaming the West for what is going on in their country?
The fact is that the few greedy politicians capitalized on the naivety of the majority poor and uneducated, setting them against each other in the name of a totally non-existent tribal course. What a joke! Kenyans should know that they have themselves to blame for whatever results from this unrest. They are shedding blood for a group of political manipulators obsessively intent on their selfish gain, and nothing more.
But what is striking is that all this is happening under the watchful eyes of the African Union? Have we thought of what would be the result if some one among the delegates in Ethiopia told Kibaki in the face what is the reality? The man did not win. Simple and straight forward. Mr. Kibaki has lost all credible respect. He must step down because he is not the elected president - like Bush he has stolen the election!