The Biggest Let Down Of This Continent -by Shawn Davis Kaw’lya

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Through out the annals of history, Africans have always tried to free themselves. Free themselves from all troubles of earth, from poverty, disease, dictatorship, et cetera. Many writers have written articles and books describing and reportin on the post colnialism lifestyle and economic growth of African countries.
“African politics, lead to poverty. The continent has a wealth of natural and human resources but lacks responsible leaders.” Volker Seitz writes, “the political elites I’ve met, have Europe or the United States on their minds, not their own population.”


Truth be told, the political elites, African leaders, and elites are responsible for the problems in their countries. We keep blaming the colonial powers for the failures we are facing in Africa, probably because blaming colonial powers is the only excuse we are left with. We keep asking for Development Aid from the United States, IMF and world bank and from other rich states, and we often forget that this kind of Aid makes things worse. We have bent our values just so we can get aid,  take a look at the previously passed Anti Homosexuality bill, that was passed and then revoked.


Focusing on Uganda on the issue of slavery and colonialism, the African chiefs and kings collaborated with the slave masters, its only because of this type of collaboration that slavery and colonialism were a success, we blame the slave masters for taking all the able bodied men to their countries yet the elite of that time(african chiefs and kings), gave such able bodied men out on a silver platter.
Then corruption took root and started getting branches, rumour has it that Buganda got its independence before Uganda, and this is blamed on the corruption of the leaders during that time.

Africa has also seen itself in the hand of many dictators, dictators that have brought about poverty and massive deaths. Dictators like Iddi Amin Dada of Uganda, Robert Mugabe also known as Uncle Roo of Zimbabwe, General Sani Abacha of Nigeria and now a new addition to the list Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, then also the king of kings late Muammar Gadaffi. Some of whom have reffered to them selves as revolutionary leaders like Museveni of Uganda.

These have also played a big role in the continuous downfall of this great Continent. His excellency,  President for life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of all the beasts of the earth and fishes of the sea and conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in general and Uganda in particular.

We should quit blaming our former colonial masters for our own failures and mishaps. We are the creators of our own problems, and we should take the blame wholesome. The politically elite are the ultimate bone breakers of this great nation, and they are to blame for the current state of this great nation. Nonetheless, the struggle continues,  and with my pen and paper, I will write on till this great nation and continent becomes better.