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A New Africa

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by MwanaFalsafa1, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. MwanaFalsafa1

    MwanaFalsafa1 JF-Expert Member

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    One has to wonder why the richest continent in the world is also the poorest. Colonial history and neo colonialism can be blamed. An unfair market system where the buyer sets the price instead of negotiations between the buyer and the seller. Or what about international institutions like the IMF which dictates policies in order to give out loans and forgive debts? Let's not also forget about the "aid" recieved from donor countries, aid that usually comes with very strong conditions. The fact is we can blame all the outside factors that we can but let us not forget to criticize ourselves.


    How can a beggar sit on a golden chair and still beg for money? With all the resources we have that is exactly what we seem to be doing. We seem to not be able to negotiate fair deals for our own resources. What justifies a government policy to only take a 3% cut on it's own gold? What justifies giving a five year tax holiday to multinational companies who only leave or change names after the holiday expires? What justifies leasing land to foreign companies for a hundred year period? To me the answer is nothing, nothing at all.


    At the risk of sounding rude, our leaders need to grow balls and man up. They should stop this cowardice practice of accepting the first deal they are offered. They should stop being bullied into inacting policies that favor foreing governments, foreingn investors and a few of the elites but do nothing for the common man. They (the "leaders") have run out of excuses and we should be ashamed of letting them recycle the same excuses.


    Another big problem is corruption which to me is the HIV of the government system. This is no way an insult to the 40 million people who suffer from it but the same way that HIV invites are whole swamp of other deseases so does corruption invite all other government ills such as poor leadership, poor management of resources, lack of compation for the people, unpatriotism, poor welfare programs, a poor educational system and so forth. Most of our governments are on life support and just a breath away from collapsing and that is why we keep seeing bankrupt governments, civil wars, coup de tats all over the continent.


    What is important is not how much money one has but how well they manage it for even in order for a poor person to prosper he must save the little he has, invest wisely and live within his means. Our governments save nothing, make poor investement decisions and spend more on running the government (salaries, bonuses, per diems, travel expenses etc) than on developmental programs.


    As a new generation of leaders step into the mantle of leadership we must ask ourselves what they put to the table. Are they students of history? Do they know what hasn't worked so far for the continent? What fresh ideas do they bring? What new qualities do they possess? Are they truly new or just old wine in a younder bottle? Regardless of what the old guard have done we can still learn from them. Like the Late, Great Nyerere said in 1995, governments should take the good of past regimes and leave the bad. So far we have been taking the bad and leaving the good but all that can change.


    The century is still young and the grandchildren of the independence era are just coming of age. They are still opportunities to better ourselves, to improve our well being and promote a more vibrant continent. Everybody through their own positions should play their part. As much as we encourage the educated among us to take a leadership role inI moving our countries forward it is also important to realize that a nation is like a body and in order for the body to prosper all parts should be healthy so they can perform their duties. From the farmer in the rurest of rural areas and the high level government official, from the small vender in the streets to the powerful CEO in the office, from the young preparing to enter the work force to the olde leaving the work force, we all have an important role to play in this ecosystem of government whether we feel we have anything to do with governance or not.


    It's true that history repeats itself. From the great Egyptian Kingdoms which gave as the pyramids to China and it's great wall, to ancient Greece end democracy to the power of the United States today. EVery continent has had its moment in the sun at some point in history. We the Africans living today may not see the day our continent takes it's rightful place in the world but we can be the start of an African renaissance, the same experienced by Europe in the 14th century. We can be the start of something great for the father does not labor for himself but for his children so let us today start working towards a better future for our children, grandchildren and Africans for generations to come. We will all eventually succumb to martality and our bodies will be no more but we call be immortalized like all the great names in history by leaving behind a legacy unrivaled like no other in the history of our continent.

    MwanaFalsafa
     
  2. Jilanga

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    Most of African always fight for self-interests rather than public interests, and there is where the problem commence! All in all we have reliable and valuable resource which can excerbating rapid economic growth as well as economic development with adoption of Pareto Optimalily/improvement!
     
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    And that's where the problem lies. Too much self interest when it comes to public service. Public service has now become private service to most.
     
  4. Ben Saanane

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    Kudos Mwanafalsafa1,

    Tayari tuna mtandao wa vijana wenye lengo la kuleta uamsho mpya(reinnasence) wa Afrika...kwa kuanzia ni lazima tuhakikisha status Quo ambazo hazijali maslahi ya wananchi wake zinaondolewa madarakani.I salute our-comrades in Malawi,Comrade chipwe Mwamba amefanya kazi nzuri so far ingawa walishindwa kwenye Networking.Zimbabwe Mwenzetu wa kule Tinashe Tchipfumbu yupo kizuizini hadi sasa.Tulikuwa nao Nairobi last month

    The monsters IMF and World bank wanasaidiwa na our weak,incompetent,lazy,looters and wicked African leaders to exploit us.we must act swiftly to overthrow them by any means otherwise the African future,the African dream is of grave concern.Ni kwa nini hatutaki kuweka nguvu kwa ajili ya kupata New international Order au South-South Relations kama alternative.This crop of current leaders are sonaive and selfish

    For all Aafrican countries, political independence did not mean economic development as well, because the pattern of economic relationships between them and the developed countries remained the same. Africa still depended on the European nations for capital for development and technology.African countries still supplied raw materials to the industrialized nations and in turn she buys from them manufactured goods of all sorts, in fact, the worst part of the arrangement is that Africa has no control over the prices of her goods and those she imports. the industrialized nations control both.

    African states have no control over international markets for their primary products.New imperialist system for holding the developing countries in a state of dependence and exploitation under conditions when direct dominance has been eliminated and the balance of the forces in the world has changed in the favour of socialism
     
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    Ukiangalia kiundani Africa leo hii kuna NGO ngapi za magharibi mwa dunia zinazojitaja kuwa zimekuja kusaidia Afrika? huwa nakuwa na emotion mbaya sana ninapoanza kujadili why Afrrica is seems to be poor while is enriched and blessed with all kind of natural resources, and down here is an example
    One day a father, of a very wealthy family, took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.


    On their return from the trip, the father asked his son,"How was the trip?"

    "It was great Dad!"

    "Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.

    "Oh yeah," said the son.

    "So what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

    The son answered,

    " I saw we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

    We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

    With this the boy's father was speechless.

    Then his son added,

    "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

    If we had believed that poverty is unacceptable to us, and that it should not belong to a civilized society, we would have created appropriate institutions and policies to create a poverty-free Africa but also, we have to get commited p'po with sympathy to African community.
     
  6. MwanaFalsafa1

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    Ben,

    You are absolutely right. Any complete independence must come with BOTH political and economical independence. If you are not politically independent then you can not be economically independent and if you are not economically independent you can not be politically independent. That is why even today in South Africa after political equality the black people are still living under the same conditions because they is no economic inequality. Even though their government is dominated by blacks their economy is still dominated by the whites.

    So the question remains how do we gain our economic independence? Like you said one way is finding alternative markets and moving away from the unfair business "partnerships" with the West. There are many emerging markets we can do business with and gain a fair share the question is do we have leaders with the guts to do so?

    I think there is this notion that the new generation automatically comes with new ideas but we have seen many young leaders today who are basically a part of the status quo and pro establishment. SO we really need to scrutinize young leaders to really know where they stand on important issues instead of the dilly dallying they are doing right now. To be honest I haven't really met a young politician with fresh ideas.

    So this is a challenge to both you and me and all other youths. Let as conduct self examination, find out what we believe in and stand up for our positions for better or for worse. Let us really make a change. Let us bring the house down and build it from the ground up instead of just covering up nyufa.
     
  7. MwanaFalsafa1

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    Nyakarung I have read your post more than once. Each time I try to find at least something to scrutinize or add on to but I must say you message is clear and to the point. You are absolute correct and I'm going to take a play from the Bunge playbook and say "Naunga hoja asilimia mia kwa mia."
     
  8. Wacha1

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    I'll come back to this thread, let the truth be told in black and white.
     
  9. Ndjabu Da Dude

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    How does "salwa la kuvaa Magwandwa" fit into this "New Africa" world order of yours?
     
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    Nyakarungu JF-Expert Member

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    what if one day, VIONGOZI wa Africa wote wakakataa hakuna resource itakayochukuliwa wala kununuliwa kwa bei za nyanya?
    ZOezi hili lisimamiwe kwa miezi 2 tu, mtaona mabadiliko katika ulimwengu wa viwanda, ila sasa kiongozi yupi ataweza kujitoa kafara kwa ajili ya watu wake, viongozi wengi ni watu wa kusaka faida yao kabla ya kuitazama jamii inahitaji nini?
    TUNA RASLIMALI ZOTE AFRIKA SO HAWA VIONGOZI NDIO CHANZO CHA YOTE HAYA!!
     
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    Change won't be brought about by one party be it CCM or Chadema or any other single parties. We need committed and dedicated people on all fronts. The beauty of have opposition is having competition. Once you have competition even the product you produce becomes better because you know people have a choice. So yes the so called "magwanda" as you call them fit into the equation.
     
  12. Ben Saanane

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    MwanaFalsafa1,

    Well said comrade.Infact the current crop of few young leaders we have are Liabilities.It is a mere changing of the old status-quo and let it harmonised by young leaders in the same syystem.It is just a recycling of Age in the same system..............Now back to the Topic,NORTH-SOUTH REALATION cannot be fruitfully.The North guys have no intention to part with us in a mutual Relationship political and Economically.We should change the paradigm...

    Earlier in the year Chinese Premier Hu Jin Tau visited some African Countries and China has long adopted an approach of treating Africa as a business partner and not an Aid Consumer. China has successfully out manovered the Western block in Congo and even Libya and In Tanzania you know what is going on. This was simply by paying for resources it harvest, instead of playing divide an rule in order to under price and overharvest resources, which is the Hallmark of British and French foreign relations (Libya is only the most recent case).

    Germany has recently adopted a posture that looks as if it wishes to break ranks with the the Western Block in Foreign Policy. This is marked by the Merkel led German government abstaining from voting on the Libya issue in the Security Council and selling Leopard Tankers to Saudi Arabia recently.

    Germany is the only major European country that has survived the Asian Tiger's On-slaught on the Global Economy. Britain is crying too but not aloud as its refusal to adopt the Euro has offered her some relative protection. But as British Economy has become service based, on wrong spending parttern or crisis speculation can force a shift of services to other European countries and drive away investors. Germany is ok as it still has a robust manufacturing base. Mind you also that the so called Global and European financial crisis is nothing more than the natural balancing of economic powers following the mistaken shift of production capability to South East Asia by the West (Led by US outsourcers).

    Now these countries recognize their mistakes and problems in overlooking and underestimating China, hence they are no longer letting China Out of Sight. Germany Recently adopted the Chinese Approach to investment in Africa, hence Angella Merkel Visited Kenya, Angola and Nigeria last 2 weeks in a Genuine effort to win german support in Africa. An secure for Germany, access to Africas Natural resources and Raw Materials.

    Now Last week, the worlds most Chicanery Power, led by David Cameron visited South Africa and Nigeria.

    If I may suggest, Britain should first finish resolving the Problems it incubated in Zimbabwe, issues of Shell BP in Niger Delta, as well as restore stability to Lybia were working with France, it turned a civil protest into a civil war, before coming to look for strategies to prevent China from dominating in African Partnerships.

    On the other hand we should ask ourselves why these countries are looking for our friendship only now they are in wealth trouble?

    Simply because we are wealthy, believe it or not!

    Why can we not harvest our wealth for ourselves? Why must it be China, Britain , Germany, etc? After they take everything, we will migrate to their countries where we will be stabbed, insulted, deported etc just cause of our skin colour. Why are we not fighting for ourselves? Why are our leaders selling our resources for peanuts which their children will quickly return back to London and Dubai in shopping sprees? Should we be rejoicing that Hawks are visiting the Chicks? How can a Lion and a Lamb become partners?

     
  13. MwanaFalsafa1

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    Ben,

    It is well documented that the relationship between Europe and Africa has always been that of master and slave, at least that's how they view the relationship. They have for a long time used Africa as a means to fuel their own economies. In the colonial era we were are source of cheap raw material and now we are a market for their products which they sell to us at ridiculous prices. It is a shock to me today for the president of our country to use seeking foreign aid today as a strategy for development because we all know that "aid" comes with a very heavy price.

    The truth is the West is not going to stand by and idly and watch the system they created to favor themselves just disappear. They are going to fight it through diplomatic means (bilateral and multilateral agreements), economic means (IMF, WB, foreign investments, etc) and if need be by military means. They are smart and they know they need us more than we need them. So our leaders must also be very smart. They must systematically break the chain that holds us to the West. Any relationship we have should be that based on a hand shake and not hand cuffs.

    So yes it is time Africa explore other means. We must now look into what has failed Africa since independence and stop doing the same things expecting different results. We need leaders who are visionaries who can see ten, twenty, thirty years ahead. We need leaders who are aware of the mistakes of history and make it their mission not to repeat them.
     
  14. Ben Saanane

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    MwanaFalsafa1,

    Honestly,We dont have such kind of leaders.There is no hope soon or later that we shall have patriotic African leaders for Africans.That's why i always prefer to take a very radical stance of popular uprising(People's revolution) or Mass Coup'dtat

    I really appreciate the work done by comrade Muammar Gadaffi in 1969,the work done by Comrade Che Guevara,the work done by little Corporal Napoleon in France,i admire the work Done by chairman Mao tse tung in China,now they are seeng the light of the day....we must appreciate the efforts of the hero Vladmir Lenin

    Tunisians and Egyptians inspires,ignites my inner patriotic spirit pistons.Africa can never be free from Western crooks supported by our Doomy frantic politicians unless we intervine.We have no leaders,we have dealers administering their lootocracy (looting) business in our holy offices
     
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    fazili JF-Expert Member

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    Strong national and international conspiracies are right at the heart of Africa's problems. These are sophisticated and carefully fabricated systems that an average man would never grasp what they really are!

    Many never even dream of such hidden agendas and it will take entire generations for a significant number to come to this knowledge. As for now for our sake, we need to wage an 'urgent war' against our own corrupt elected leaders without looking on their faces.
     
  16. Ben Saanane

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    Fazili,

    Paragraph yako ya mwisho ndiyo solution...................
     
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    Hizi African Renaissances zitakuwa ngapi? Mbeki alikuja na ya kwake sijui iliishia wapi
     
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    Africa Mpya ndo mana yake? pole sana mkuu...
     
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    Tumwanzie Kikwete hapa kwetu...
     
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    50 years of plitical-economical terrorism perpetuaated by our colonial masters wakisaidiwa na akina Mangongo wetu...African leaders bado wanaifanya Afrika ionekane kama makabila na wao ni African chiefs ! ! ! ni lazima nimtembelee comrade Museveni........Otherwise we are seeding another 50 years of shame ! ! !
     
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