It is no news that African Leadership has continually failed its people. In the last couple years, the citizens of these states have started protesting the atrocities allowed and committed by various leaders. The results are like what Kenya recently experienced, and what Somalia is going through. Or maybe, a perfect example is Sudan. A president who allows the killing of many, is to be arrested and then made head of the African chapter in the UN by its current leaders. Then there is the AU that is led by a true African gangsta. No question there.
Needless to say, African leadership is more like a mob syndicate than a band of brothers. They have covered the eyes of their citizens with thick wool- and successfully too.
Over the years, there have been several scapegoats At first, they pointed the finger at Colonialism, then they move to the whole West. Then they started moaning at how pressured they were with all the global changes that were taking place. Then they adapted social issues. Today, the Anti-gay movement is the new scapegoat.
The homosexuality debate has reached Africa- sadly, it has risen and been prodded over by American evangelists claiming to be experts on homosexuality. Now Uganda has an Anti-gay legislation to be voted in, where homosexuality will be punished by death penalty. even scary is that Africans are starting to claim that they have the vision to see a homosexual on sight. They must be mind readers indeed.
Does Africa really need one more outlet of violence? The civil wars, the revolutionary movements, the child soldiers, the rape of women..that is not enough? now Uganda proposes a bill that encourage death, lynching, rape and other forms of violence.
What is surprising is that, this whole bill is based on the idea of Biblical justification and African moral values. To that, I ask: Where is the Bill that makes pre-marital sex illegal, and worth of death? The politicians who most are guilty of this would probably be the first to go if there was such a bill.
So let’s be real…the African governments that are thinking of passing similar laws like that of Uganda need to start by becoming true leaders, before they pass their judgements on others. This is just another ploy to make sure that the citizens are so focused on beating up homosexuals that they ignore the leaders who are stealing from them, and not serving them at all. They will ignore the poverty, the lies they are told, and instead, the African man turns to his neighbor he “thinks” is homosexual and kill him. As far as strategies go- this is one that seems to be working very well.
The last thing Africa needs is an anti-gay bill or any bill that encourages violence on sight. Africans need to be smart about this- and quickly. Otherwise we will find ourselves fighting a war that was not ours in the first place.