People are quick to forget the crimes of dictators the moment they spew anti-West and pro-African rhetoric. It also makes some people like me and scholars feel learned that they can argue out the positive influence of known despots to Africa. The remainder of supporters who rally behind African dictators have benefited from the tyrants or have been whipped into line and conditioned to not simply endure but also enjoy their suffering under totalitarian governments like Museveni’s NRM party in Uganda. Their belief that the West does not always have African interests at heart should not mean anyone who opposes neo-colonialism is good for Africa. It does not mean that every dictator who speaks against Western influence is baptized by those words and is all of a sudden forgiven for violation of human rights. There has been the inherent flaw in the Pan-Africanism discussion; the perpetrators of killings and enforced disappearances in thwarting dissent, the looting and destruction of economies are branded champions of African progress. The whole truth, however, is that dictators are no friends of Africa just as neo-colonialists are no allies of the continent. Do not be fooled by empty speeches against America and her friends on the United Nations stage, ruthless African dictators are not Pan-Africanists.
How about we remember the people dying of hunger with no running water in Uganda, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sudan and Central African Republic where their leaders brand themselves leaders for life yet their people suffer the consequences?
In Uganda where their leader brandishes himself as the liberator of Africa, the economy is pretty wanting in terms of Poverty and wealth. With an average GDP per capita of US$332 in 1998, Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world.
The ordinary African is getting tired of tyrants, we saw what happened in Egypt, Bukina Faso, Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast where tyrants were gotten rid of. All we want is food on the table, a decent job and running water, is that so much to ask for? tell me President Omar El Bashir, Kaguta Museveni, Obiang Mbasogo, Idriss Deby.