Power To Africa’s Women!

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How ironic. Liberia votes in Africa’s first elected female president and a few weeks later, exiled mass killer ex-president Charles Taylor is arrested on war crimes charges. A sign of the times to come in Africa? It would be welcome.

In the past Tyrants like Idi Amin, Mobutu Seseko, Samuel Doe, Macias Nguema and Jean Bokassa massacred their citizenry and looted the national treasury and no action was taken against them by the international community. Amin and Mobutu died in exile, Doe was murdered by other rebels allied with Taylor and the other two are also dead.

In the past white “liberals� pretending to be Africa experts weren’t vigorous in opposing these tyrants and some African American leaders, such as Rev. Jesse Jackson thought attacking African despots would undermine the fight against white racists –extremely warped thinking. By attacking African tyrants, one gains the moral ground to attack white racism and all forms of bigotry and exploitation.

Killers remain in Africa such as Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, whose misadventures in the Congo cost the lives of more than 3 million citizens of that country and depleted whole regions of natural resources. In his own country, he is accused of having stolen elections recently after first locking up pro-democracy candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye. He ignores genocide in northern Uganda, where civilians are caught in crossfire between his troops and rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Apart from Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Desmond Tutu, Julius Nyerere, Samora Machel, and a few others, men have miserably failed Africa. That’s why it’s refreshing to see a leader like Ellen Johnson Sirleaf take the helm in Liberia. May more African women follow in her steps. It's hard to imagine that women presidents would have wreaked such havoc in Africa like the males, often in collusion with foreign powers. More power to Africa’s women! More power to Africa!

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