“I also want to say that I agree with the sentiments of Damte and only hope that we can learn from one another.
The sad events that have taken place in Kenya over the last few days have just displayed to me that democracy in Africa may not necessarily be the answer for us which means that we have to find out what works for us, …..we have just been branded by the international community as another failed African state descending into chaos which means we have to go back to the drawing board.
When I say we, I mean we as Africans have to find a way what works for us. We have more than enough case studies to work from at least to ensure that this should never happen again. We need to find a way of ensuring that the people’s voice counts for something and not simply the elite in our society.
My fear is that as long as the gap between the rich and the poor remains, unfortunately the elite in power will always get their way. For this reason we as people on the ground need to ensure that we get as much out of the education programs and economic programs that are already in place. Let us at least move into a place where we are not simply dictated to what we should or should not do but reach a place where we hold our leaders accountable without any fear of repercussions.
But its not all doom and gloom! As Africans we have shown our resilient nature to the world as well and I do believe we will get out of this and only become stronger. To me it almost appears as if in order for Africans to move along we need to go through a travesty such as this, if only to ensure we do not make the same mistakes and seal all the loop holes that got us into the mess in the first place.
The recent events have also only served to reinforce what I have always felt about news that emanates from Africa, we need to really work on news for us by us, we can no longer rely on the international stations and media to report news in a way that reflects the African perspective. We saw how our own media houses let us down when we needed them the most albeit through no fault of their own. (Although I do still feel that they failed us one way or the other). For this reason I cannot wait for our own Pan African news station that the late Mohamed Amin is working on;
He believes “A24″ can be launched by autumn 2007, with TV and radio stations complemented by mobile and Internet services to take advantage of fast-expanding communications across Africa.
“It’s ambitious … but this continent needs its own voice. We think the time and technology is right now to launch an African version of Al Jazeera,” he said, referring to the Qatar-based pan-Arab satellite channel.
“All being well, we’re looking at fall 2007 to be on air… We’re not a PR station, it’s not to promote Africa but to show Africa through the eyes of Africans, the good and the bad.”
It will also open our eyes to all that is happening around the continent, we will be able to learn from each other see where others have gone right or gone wrong and see how we can improve the situation in our own countries. Too many times we close our eyes to what is going on around the continent simply be adopting the attitude of “we have our own problems to deal with”. So maybe this was a wake up call not only to Kenya but to the rest of Africa too, we need to wake up from our deep slumber and do something to save our continent. We have all it takes to achieve it, the rest of the world see’s our potential, I hope we can too.”