The Rogue Regimes of Africa By Mbiydzenyuy Dave WANTANGWA

In his speech at the United Nations, President Donald J. Trump said the following about ‘rogue regimes’:

 ” …rogue regimes [are] represented in this house [that is, the UN] … the scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries. If the righteous many, do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength…this is what causes the regime to restrict internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protesters, and imprison political reformers. Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever and the day will come when the people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed and terror?

It becomes necessary for us to reflect then on these statements in the light of the rogue regimes that are found in African. We will honestly pose the following questions: how do they manifest themselves? Which are the regimes in Africa that manifest themselves as rogue regimes? What are the solutions to tackling the phenomenon of rogue regimes in Africa? We cannot end this writeup without mentioning the hand of the westerners behind the rogue regimes that are presently a scourge to Africa and their own share of the solution proposed. President Donald Trump himself gave us some guidelines or some references to what he referred to as the actions of rogue regimes.

Someone, recently sampled the following countries and asked the following question: Imagine if French hegemony which is responsible for the wars and the blood dripping in these countries was unanimously kicked out what strides could they make towards development, Democratic governance and peace! Countries colonised by France: Algeria, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam.

In another photograph depicting the recent China African summit, it would appear that some regimes in power in Africa went outrightly “to literally beg from China”. The picture speaks for itself.

Why are the regimes in Africa perpetrating violence as a means of maintaining their grip over their citizens under the guise of democracy, good governance, elections while there is abject poverty in their countries, lack of access to proper medical care or even the basic health facilities, educational facilities, talk less of proper judicial systems, proper accountability and economic progress. Why are the rogue regimes of Africa denying the people their inalienable rights, violating every other freedom of the people and pretending to provide solutions to their woes? And when the people rise, why do they use military brutality as a solution? The role of the military in the rogue regimes of Africa has been reduced to defending the inordinate greed and interests of those clinging to power, even when it is clear the people do not want them there. Why are the Constitutions of these regimes often beaten to and fro and forced down the throats of the citizens? Why are the laws of these countries left in the hands of the administrators who behave worse than colonial masters? Why are their administrators not being held accountable? What is responsible for the failure of the necessary checks and balances that are supposed to ensure that responsible leaders listen and work according to the demands of the people?

A lot of blood drips in Africa. By a common measure, any country in Africa where the regime has taken upon the brutal repression of its people, violating their basic rights, infringing on their freedom of speech, dispatching of death squads to silence political opponents and let their will prevail at all cost. These are the rogue regimes of Africa. Any country of Africa in which these and more are being witnessed is being held hostage by a rogue regime. Any country in Africa where insane dictators cling to power until death does them part, any regime in Africa, where embezzlement of public funds is the order of the day. Any country in Africa where we witness marginalization of the masses, where poverty and sickness, where state institutions are being weakened by the very administrators who run them, where the people in desperation are bound to accept the will of those in power, this too is led by a rogue regime. Any country in Africa where we witness the masses rising up against the system in place and crying for their rights to be respected must be led by a rogue regime. Any country where government sponsored crime and brutality are the order of the day portrays the action of a rogue regime. Any country witnessing targeted killing of innocent civilians, arbitrary arrests, hostage taking, theft, abductions, secret dungeons and torture chambers is led by a rogue regime. The list of the atrocities of the rogue regimes can go on and on.

Therefore, this reminder is incumbent on the righteous few:

If the righteous many, do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength…this is what causes the regime to restrict internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protesters, and imprison political reformers. Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever and the day will come when the people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed and terror?

Action not words is needed to flush out rogue regimes and their masters from Africa.

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