Empiricism

Mugabe Greeting Malawi Leader Joyce Banda
Just looking at the title of my article, some people would reprobate me to the highest degree. Some Malawians would even say I have been paid some money by comrade Gabriel Mugabe President of Zimbabwe to write this article. It is a norm to praise a person when he has passed on. It is against our norm to bad mouth the dead. So those who have passed on are saints and those breathing are defective. What has been a norm may not be a norm forever. However, I must admit that it is hard to depart from a norm.
In this article, I want to depart from the norm of praising a paladin when he or she is dead. I am one of those few people who are against the idea of praising a cadaver because it knows nothing. Therefore, in this article, I would like to pay tribute to Mugabe for defending Africa and Africans from the whites. Yes, I am paying tribute to Mugabe, who is still strong at the age of ninety.
I have all the temerity to shower praises on the ninety-year-old Mugabe not because his late father, Gabriel Matibili, came from Malawi. Again, not because Mugabe trained as an educationist just like I did. I get the energy to shower praises on Mugabe because he is one of the few African leaders who defend Africans from the ‘marauding’ whites. The literature courses that I did in college gave me a true picture of how whites look at the blacks.
Just to give you an example of the picture which most whites have on the blacks, look at what Joseph Conrad says in The Heart of Darkness. Conrad who had come to central Africa just for few months, went back home and described Africans as ‘brutes’ because they were different from him and Africa as the heart of darkness because he did not see any trace of what he termed ‘civilization’.
Many whites up to now look at Africans as brutes who should just accept every “light” from them in order to ‘lighten’ the continent which they still feel is dark. It is on this vein that I agree with Mugabe when he says, “We people of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races.”
Apart from Yoweli Kaguta Museni of Uganda and the late Bingu Wa Muthalika of Malawi, very few African leaders have dared to tell the whites about their ignorance on African issues and way of life. Bingu told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank that they were favouring the whites when it comes to fertilizer subsidy. He told them in the face that whether they wanted or not, he was going to implement the fertilizer subsidy programme. And he did and the programme was a success story. Because Bingu proved the whites wrong, they began to squeeze him. No wonder he passed on so early.
One curious reporter correctly quoted Mugabe as saying: “The white man is not indigenous to Africa. Africa is for Africans. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans.” I agree with him that Africa is for Africans and Africans, not whites, must solve African problems. The whites by imposing things on Africans create problems for Africans.
For example, by toppling Muammar Gaddafi’s government in Libya, most people thought the whites were bringing in democracy but look at what is happening in Libya now. Libyans were much better off during dada Gaddafi’s reign.
The whites would like to impose things on Africans just because of poverty. Look at how they are advancing the legalization mathanyula in the name of minority rights. When the late Bingu voiced his stand against mathanyula, the whole United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had to burn the gas from wherever he lives to Malawi. And you know how Muthalika danced and changed like a chameleon.
Recently, under the leadership of President Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan Parliament passed a bill that bans homosexuals. According to the bill homosexuals face life in prison. The bill also requires people in authority, including persons exercising religious or social authority, gay or straight, to report offenses under the act within 24 hours or else face imprisonment for three years or a fine.
A few hours after the bill was passed, a threat came from the white house. Uganda would face sanctions if nothing was done to undo what was to become a law if Museni signed. What the Ugandan Parliament did shocked the “civilized” whites. Tourism stakeholders like Richard Branson called for international tourists to boycott Uganda. Due to these threats Museveni is obviously agitated. But if the threats were put on Mugabe, he would not be thrown off.
This is what he said when Obama was advancing for homosexuality on the African continent: “Then we have this American President, Obama, born of an African father, who is saying we will not give you aid if you do not embrace homosexuality. We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. John and John, no; Maria and Maria, no.”
Whatever the white man says, even if it sounds so plausible that he has the African at heart, just know that his interest comes first. No wonder comrade Mugabe says, “The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.”
Many people may attribute the sufferings that Zimbabweans have gone through to Mugabe but I would like to point it out strongly that whatever sufferings the Zimbabwe people face, it’s because Mugabe said no to exploitation perpetuated by the whites.
To me Mugabe is one of the few African leaders who tell the whites what they don’t want to hear and for this I praise him.
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