Betrayed by living heroes

EDITOR - It is a pity to realize that most citizens, not only in Zimbabwe but in Africa, as a whole feel betrayed by the living heroes of the liberation struggles. They are so desperate to cling onto power that even democratic elections can not make them relinquish power.

Gone are the 1980s and 1990s when celebrating Africa Day and other related events brought tears of joy to many who had vivid memories of events that led to their freedom.
These heroes had one goal: to unshackle Africa from the chains of colonialism, slavery, discrimination and poverty. Such names include Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta, Kenneth Kaunda, Samora Machel, Joshua Nkomo, Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere and of course Robert Mugabe.
For many Africans the 21st Century became characterized not by the promised civilization, infrastructural development or economic growth – but by political turmoil and violence. Struggles for power became the order of the day, as we saw recently in the Arab states of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. All these conflicts showed the frustrations of people and how prepared they are to free themselves from cruel leaders.
One would also remember the violence in Kenya in 2009 which left thousands dead and Zimbabwes ongoing power struggles between MDC and Zanu (PF) which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds. The political conflicts in the two countries were a replica of each other as they both resulted in the creation of Prime Ministerial posts, a move described by many as failure by Africa to practise democracy. As we speak Robert Mugabe and Mwai Kibaki walk tall as presidents of Zimbabwe and Kenya respectively while Raila Odinga and Morgan Tsvangirai were sweet tongued by prime ministerial posts.
The masses have got the power and to all Africans I want to say, The winds of change are sweeping Africa once again. One day we shall commemorate and celebrate being African without fear and shame.

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