By NGANDE MWANAJITI
THERE is nothing scientific or complicated about making a choice. Africans among other concerns that negate pain and serfdom chose freedom in a specific context of repelling oppression and aggression. The indigenous African society pays great respect to group or collective rights. Solidarity is a critical ingredient of co-existence.
This position is confirmed and upheld by international law. Negating, undermining or compromising it, using the back door, but clothed in the noble cause of minority human rights, is unacceptable. African political formations and its people must defend their God given right to survival and existence.
With due respect, some elements in the international community, with serious political influence, have penetrated decision making structures, to promote a problematic agenda. Like it or not, the Homosexual agenda, is not only controversial. It affects global politics and economics negatively.
Regrettably, the Homosexual Agenda has been forced on Africa and Africans without debate or consensus. Extremely undemocratic! The Agenda has been sneaked in and has found itself on serious political and economic platforms. It is negatively influencing policies, including multilateral and bilateral relations
At a personal level, I have been involved in Human Rights Defence for several decades. I operated at the National, Regional and International levels. At no time – at least in my time of action, (1984-2004) did the Homosexual Agenda become expressly synonymous with political and economic development.
Just check the records and guidelines. Specifically, the United Nations Resolutions on Africa are instructive, including templates and instructions for external donor program support.
Those who advocate for the Homosexual Agenda cannot be allowed to promote an Agenda, which is at variance with societal values, beliefs and practices, which include the foundation of human rights law – Natural Law.
Take note that societies more often than not tend to collapse and give in to internal pressure than external aggression. The point is as long as Africa does not take charge of its resources and destiny, (partly because of misplaced political stress) some ruthless entities will use the continent as a stepping stone. Nobody has a monopoly of knowledge and wisdom, which includes, opportunity!
We must manage opportunities so that we may bolster our standing and image within the international family.
The implication of external or indiscriminate importation of vices is that the Homosexual Agenda is alien. It was simply “transplanted” from outside and locals now have been given the latitude to think they “own” the controversial lifestyles agenda. Unfortunately, citizens in pursuit of their democratic rights, knowingly or unknowingly are “running unnecessary battles with their governments.”
Here, we need to be clear. Are these battles real or imaginary, genuine or just destructive? Has anyone been violated as a result of expressing themselves within the confines of the law? Does opting to practice Homosexuality, place one above the law? Indeed, is homosexuality a recently discovered biological problem or an optional lifestyle?
A point which must be loudly articulated is that human rights are inherent, indivisible etc. You cannot use one kettle of rights to undermine the other. Homosexuality is not a right per se but only implied as a form of expression, which I dare say, cannot and should not be upgraded to compromise group or solidarity rights.
I am aware that some Jurisdictions have tied Aid to the unnatural Gay and Lesbian practices. Note that this position, however described and analysed offends most African cultures – if not all.
I hold the view that “your rights end where my rights begin.” I have no business poking my head beyond where my rights end and you have no business poking you head beyond where your rights end. Very simple!
The morally powerful Universal Declaration of Human Rights is spot on and avails that all human beings are born equal and must act towards one another with reason. Clearly, respect towards one another is critical!
This write-up is part two (2) of “African Political Stress” that I published last week. I have picked up the Homosexual debate ONLY because I am aware that it has visited most African countries. I am equally concerned about how this seemingly “legitimate struggle” is undermining and complicating governance in Africa and the World over.
Instead of the international community choosing to deal with the real African Political Stress, we are focusing energies on a dangerous lifestyle of choice, which is hiding in a legitimate cause of a human rights struggle. This choice, cannot possibly subordinate Africa’s political and economic challenges, because of financial benefit.
Let me take this opportunity to apologise to any Ego or Soul that may be offended because of my candid views. I know how powerful this small Cartel is but I dare those who believe in the cause to come out in the open and debate rather than using the underhand dirty methods of engagement. Civility, must tower above!
One of the challenges; and a real African political stress, is the choice by most African countries to embrace democracy wholesomely. This is at the expense of reality. Winston Churchill, the former British Prime Minister credited for holding and leading Britain at a critical time of the 2nd World war, did actually indicate permissive concerns about the democratic system.
I agree, democracy is not like a commodity such as bread or a car. It is an imperfect system and in this imperfect world, it attracts multi-dimensional complications. It requires citizens and leaders who will engage in strategic soul searching to arrive at broadly acceptable positions. Simply put, law and order, coalescing and consensus are vital in the growth of any variant of democracy.
I have talked about democracy deliberately because many times, we hear people say; “but it is my democratic right.” Such a statement, if left open ended, can be very dangerous and destructive to the very fabric that holds society together.
It can never be good for any society to embrace and accept unreasonable behaviour. Yet, implied in the “democracy package,” is the embracing of unreasonable behaviours in both small and large packages. Is Africa ready for this absurdity, implied in Western style democracy? I do not think so.
An unacceptable alternative is the raw and crude dictatorship that absolutely negatives civility. Here, I have in mind the infamous Military dictatorships in mostly West Africa, the inherently discriminatory and barbaric apartheid system in racist South Africa, the likes of Idi Amin of Uganda and Emperor Bokasa of Central Africa. These are inhuman extremes that must be rejected out rightly.
Bad as the dictatorships of West Africa were, at least they spared their respective education systems from total collapse – confirming that the most contested issues/areas of disagreement in governance, is the management of political power as well as the Continents’ huge mineral resource base!
Africa’s Political stress has several areas of thrust. Ultimately, it is about who controls Africa and who benefits from Africa. You, see you can only control the destiny of a person or persons who do not know where they have come from and indeed where they are going. Look at the History curriculum used in most Africa. How relevant is it?
There is no doubt that in comparative terms, Africa has a young population. This in my view makes a fantastic opportunity for skills incubation programmes. It is also not so much in dispute that the educational standards in most Africa have deteriorated. I have argued before that you do not need to drop an Atomic bomb to destroy Africa. All you need to is to compromise and manipulate the school system to be producing half-baked graduates.
Africa’s political stress is evidenced by the fact of a rich resource base, where the world gets most of its mineral requirements. Name them: Gold, Diamond, Silver, Emeralds, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Oil, Gas, and the list is long. These minerals are available in large quantities, which make commercial sense! But who is benefitting?
Look at the companies doing explorations for minerals? Is it not possible to entertain and employ Joint Ventures? Should the dominant economic theory in other parts of the world other than Africa, be applicable to all African countries?
The irony is that even with this impressive large resource base, which includes large tracks of arable land, the Continent is home to worrying levels of grinding poverty. Most African economies are on the shaky side. Other than historical misfortunes, what could be the real explanation beyond speculations and conjecture of underdevelopment?
My take is that Africa cannot continue to be a spectator on its turf. But we can if we choose to be, this in my view is one of the issues we should deal with in looking at our Political stress.
We must decide. What do we want? Would we rather abandon our achievements in preference for a new brand of imperialism, wherein our own people take the face of leadership, as fronts?
I ask this question not because of anything else but the fact that our real issues are being buried or deflected by none or peripheral issues. These will never improve Africa’s GDP! Equally, the non-issues subtract rather than add value to our challenged governance terrain. The challenged governance terrain is another issue, for another day.
Handling Africa’s political stress ought to be a priority.
See you next week.
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