Only Africans Can Develop Africa
The empirical evidence on the ground clearly shows that Africa’s engagement with the Chinese is about productivity, economic transformation and real development whereas the engagement with traditional western ‘partners’ has mainly been about less tangible and soft surface issues such as Millennium Development Goals, democracy promotion, proliferation of NGOs which foster more of dependence as opposed to innovation and self-sustenance. The engagement with China seems genuinely based on mutual respect and mutually beneficial outcomes are intended and evidenced. There is concrete, visible and tangible evidence of the roads and other infrastructure that China is building in Africa whereas engagement with traditional development ‘partners’ continues to witness conflict after conflict in any area of resource-abundance.
Although it would be dishonest to suggest that partnerships with the West have been exclusively disastrous, their presence unfortunately seems to invite conflict whereas Chinese presence seems to bring positive economic progress for the continent. The mutually respectful Chinese approach and the West’s ‘saviour attitude’ is what separate these two development partners. There is nothing called charity and both partners are in it for themselves, but mutual respect is crucial to any relationship.
More Malemas and Mugabes will continue to be churned endlessly as long as the same reasons that agitated Lumumba, Nehanda and others remain unresolved and continue to afflict the African continent. The illusion that once people have ‘food on the table’ the agitation will stop is just but what it is - an illusion. The very reason why President Mugabe’s name is synonymous with the pessimistic prophets who wish to extinguish his visionary flame is the very reason they will perennially construct and reconstruct his end year in, year out. The people of Zimbabwe, the people of Africa subscribe to this vision and what they all see in the Mugabe vision is the very same thing the architects of his customary yearly demise and resurrection see as well; the threat to their historical cushioned and pampered ‘living’ as opposed to ‘just surviving’ which has historically and continues to come at the expense of the unfortunate inhabitants from the cradle of mankind.
Africa is on a journey, an African journey and a journey that requires Africans and them alone to carry forwards. Don’t be fooled by superficial seals to the cracks with illusory promises from Alienville; Africa is alone in this quest and no charitable champion is going to command the survival of the continent with no motive of their own. The perennial repertoire of analyst after analyst wishfully clamouring for the demise of President Mugabe can only tell you three things - that the man must be doing something right, is doing something right and has done something very right!
The regurgitation of the national leader’s supposed end is not only morally-offensive; it is irresponsible, immature and imprudent. That no amount fabrication will quell the inevitable quest for that morally-thick formula to genuinely upgrade lives is clear testimony to the unquenchable craving for that enduring reality of dignified ‘living’. Only Africa can develop Africa. No philanthropic knight-in-shining armour is going to come and rescue Africa from this permanent predicament that has historically stalled its long overdue development.