We judge our African leaders harshly. We put blame on them for the African Condition. Will our thirst for the ‘right leaders’ ever be quenched? Of course criticism has its place. And in some cases judgement is necessary. Especially when we consider mis-management of state resources.
But is it fair? Take president Cyril Ramaphosa for example. He must fix the economy or else. He might face the same fate as the two previous presidents of South Africa. The same fate that awaits all bafana bafana coaches if they don’t deliver.
But let us face facts there never was any freedom in Africa. African states have been launched into independence, with a constitutional conference designed to hammer out an agreed framework for political activity, followed by a charter election to determine who would hold power under it.
Multi-party politics are the order of the day now. Divide and conquer is working. As politicians contest to be in power so they can ‘create jobs and fix the economy’. But Africa has always been a Kingdom not a Democracy. Perhaps that is why African governments are failing.
So what should be the alternative? We have heard of the glorious past Kingdoms of our ancestors. But is it practical now to return back to our ways? When we live in a world were the church has labeled our ancestors evil spirits.