Africa has everything it needs to start its development, but its effective take-off is still hypothetical for lack of strong and enlightened leadership.
The development of the continent is subject to the lack of ambition and sometimes vision of its ruling class that is struggling to sustainably transform the lives of its people.
Quality human resources, trained at good school, are not lacking in Africa, natural resources are available in abundance… Even if in many cases, we are sadly confronted by what the ‘English-people’ call in a very pictorial and right way “A paradox of plenty” or paradox of abundance. This is in other words what is commonly known as the “curse of natural resources”.
All in all, all the potential is available on the continent. But who to transform sustainably the potential for real development to improve the living conditions of the people of Africa? Indeed, it is this enlightened leadership that is lacking. And this is where the policies are expected by their people. Except politics, under our skies, we do it to have a comfortable job and all the privileges that go with it. We go into politics to solve a food problem, to have honours, then to fuck friends and rogues, families and beautiful families, cousins and nephews. Over the alternations, it is difficult to perceive real breaks.
Alternation in a democratic country is an excellent thing. Moreover, in some countries like Chile, the presidential terms are two, but not consecutively. This allowed Michel Bachelet, at the end of his first term as head of Chile, to go to work at the United Nations before coming to apply, again to be re-elected, after another Chilean led
The alternations avoid the wear of power, as yesterday said a political leader of the party of Jean Pierre Bemba, it brings a breath of fresh air to democracy and allows him to breathe. Only Africans should not be content to make alternations worthwhile, but qualitative alternations also a source of qualitative change.
“Clearance” at all costs
Unfortunately, the sad fact is that every time we have enough of a man and his diet, we focus on alternation regardless of the profile of the aspirant. And we do not seem to look beyond alternation, the credible and promising alternative, carrying this qualitative change.
When you’re fed up of a plan, we will give carte blanche to the person best placed to release the plan in place without asking too much about the actual suitability of the alternative. Politicians themselves have always played on that. In fact, once, the regime of which one has enough is swept away, at work, one dies very quickly of the action of the new regime. It is afterwards that the population quickly realizes that it has made a bad casting. And there, we do not mark a pause to think seriously about a credible and serious alternative. We are a bit like in a hurry to get rid of the one who is considered a bad choice. So, we will try again, find the person able to clear the one who is in business. In the end, we end up with an alternation without a credible alternative.
We go alternately, without real transformation of society. This has been valid for several African countries for decades. This is not even unique to the country whose democratic experience is fragile. Even countries that are cited as either model or laboratory are in the same infernal circle. In Senegal, it can be said from Wade to Macky Sall, perhaps even from the socialist regime to the liberal regime in a global way.
In Benin, this is also how a Patrice Talon came to power in Benin. And after two years, the Beninese who are under the full force of its policy of “ruse and rage” think to find a good “aspirant” in the next presidential, to kick it out. They will probably not care about the profile of the person who falls.
In many countries of the continent, it is practically the same scenario as we are witnessing. We can cite Mali, Madagascar, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Benin of Soglo and Kerekou and even Senegal from Wade to Macky.
In Mali, for example, the Malians elected IBK to, among other things, solve the big problem of security and national unity, but its record on this point remains mixed after this first term.
On the other hand, Paul Kagame, who is doing everything to extend his lease at the helm of Rwanda, is transforming his country considerably in many ways. He is accused of all the sins of Israel, demonized by the West, but we do not question the good points of the former rebel mark. There has been no alternation at home since his advent puts his country in orbit on several levels. A nation that innovates. The path is all drawn. As a result, when the alternation occurs, the newcomer will only follow the voice that is already drawn.
We must prefer by far, Paul Kagame to something like his namesake Paul, the Girondocrat Biya who heads Cameroon from the Swiss luxury hotels and seems to have lost the sense of reality by dint of wear of power.