I must confess at the outset that I did not support Obamas selection as the democratic nominee for the presidency in 2007 against Hillary Clinton. Although when he ran against Senator McCain for the presidency of the United States, I grudgingly gave him my support since there was no choice. The reason I have had so much trouble supporting Obama wholeheartedly is because I am of the school of thought that believe effort and courage is not enough without principle and direction.
Somebody may want to know why I am bringing this up now. Well, it’s because of the so-called African Summit in Washington, which is ongoing as we speak. I am extremely disappointed that American Foreign Policy that held steady for a while during Obamas first term administration has been tossed out the window and is replaced with the knee jerk policy that we now have in Washington.
Inviting someone like Kagame, Uhuru Kenyatta, Museveni and Kir to a summit like this, is in itself an insult to those who have sacrificed so much and become lonely voices of emancipation in a sea of hopelessness while remaining true to a calling for the recognition of every human being’s dignity regardless of their political persuasion.
By inviting Kagame; Obama automatically validate the former’s style of dictatorship that allows and call for political assassinations of regime opponents. By doing the same with Uhuru Kenyatta, he gives a portrayal of a policy that is vindicating an indicted ICC criminal into an assembly of dignified person’s that I believe Uhuru Kenyatta has not yet attained.
Obama’s administration, appear to be only focused on its competition with china as far as Africa is concerned and this should give worries to those who thought the west would always stand on a moral high ground when it comes to the dignity of human in relation to freedom and rights of expression.
What Obama should have done was to invite to Washington outstanding African leaders who have showed poised in leadership and governance of their people to the mountain top and discuss ways by which his administration could help them get to where they want to get, on condition that the freedom and democratic desire of individuals within the member states must be held paramount at all times. In this way you give tin pot dictators the desire to change and be apart of this exclusive club.. Lumping Botswana, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania with countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda South Sudan, is a mistake, all these countries belong to failed states category and should be treated as such.
Obama also need not to be reactive to games being played by china in the African Continent. He should understand that there is no country in the world that has risen up while being aided by china. All Chinese lead satellites have all crumbled and there is hardly anything to show for in terms of longevity. By the end of the day all these countries that have been rushing into Chinese hands begging for handouts come out empty handed because Chinese interest in Africa is not conceived on solidarity with the people, its inseminated with the desire to plunder no matter the cost.