Regarding the Omar al-Bashir debacle!

The biggest criticism that we as Afrikanists must heap on ourselves is our romanticisation of any Afrikan leader who is being persecuted by the West. We defend the most indefensible things, whether or not they are to the detriment of our people, just to give the West the middle finger.

One such case is that of Omar al-Bashir, a racist murderer responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese people (specifically the non-Arab population), and the displacement of millions. His reign of terror is well documented, and it hurts even more when you go to Sudan and listen to the real accounts given by the south Sudanese people, who are still living through the legacy of the man’s beastliness.

I support the argument that Afrikan and Arab leaders seem to be the ones prosecuted by the ICC, and that therefore we must withdraw from that institution and strengthen our own court in Arusha. But history is littered with many examples of how Afrikan leaders are incapable of holding each other accountable. I don’t trust our leaders to be just, precisely because they are all a gang of thugs who benefit from each other’s thuggery. Our leaders will stand back and watch their own commit an atrocity, and will do nothing to stop him. That’s why the AU is this toothless institution that it is – it is because the strength of the AU is derived from the strength of its member states. Therefore with its member states being this weak, the AU is bound to be weak. I’m saying here that before we can make noise about the ICC (and we must), we must first be honest about the state of our own house (it is a perilous state). And we must realise that this state can only change once we become courageous enough to get rid of these old thugs, these lootists, these savage murderers that we call leaders. But before that, can the kak rhetoric about al-Bashir being some African hero stop, because that man is an anti-Black murderer and lootist. Nothing less.

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3 thoughts on “Regarding the Omar al-Bashir debacle!

  1. So good to hear the voice of reason.
    Once again our “esteemed” leader has shown he feels he is above the law.
    I have to ask myself…is the ICC targeting African states or is it that most of the atrocities are happening in Africa?

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    1. Many people have been concerned about the same thing. It seems as if the ICC has a timid and a tacit approach when it comes to western leaders while with African leaders they are quick to pass judgment and very much vocal, hence most Africans are blinded by these politics instead of looking at heinous crimes these people have committed!

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  2. After reading (and rereading) this post, I feel as if perhaps we have similar perspectives on governance and leadership. While I don’t yet recognize some of your terms and acronyms, I understand the general concern over corruption.

    I think I also sense a frustration with those who are not concerned enough to look beyond both their own comfort zones and the popular boundaries in search of personal education about the individuals in government and their history.

    I do not know how the government is structured in South Africa. Mine is intended to be a representative form of government. I am not sure which I find more appalling: the number of individuals who do not care enough to vote or the number who vote solely on emotion and popularity without any research.

    You have caught my interest. I will be trying to learn a little more about the South African government, and African politics in general.

    My apologies for so many “I”s. Thanks for stopping by my site and introducing yourself.

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