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Ivory Coast & The Re-Colonization of Africa

The situation in Ivory Coast is giving me the chills because I can see how Kenya may have (or still could) end up all because of a disputed election.  I’ve said here before that I don’t believe western democracy can ever work in Africa and they should give up on that idea altogether and adopt a Chinese style of governance, i.e. focus on developing your economy first and worry about things like democracy and constitutions later.

Ivory Coast used to be one of the Jewels of Africa.  A place with fine restaurants where people drank fine wine and enjoyed themselves until it all went to hell in a hand basket, but what has worried me the most about Ivory Coast is the UN and French involvement in that country.  Actually, I shouldn’t even use the word “involvment”.  The UN is bombing the place!! Since when was the UN’s mandate to go out and bomb people?

The last time the UN and France cooperated on a venture, was in Rwanda during the genocide. I honestly think that Sarkozy has lost his God damn mind.  What the French are doing in Ivory Coast is insane.  Imagine for a minute that the British decided that Raila had in fact won the election and lets say Kibaki refused to step aside.  Then, the British and the UN decide that they are going to remove Kibaki by force and they start bombing Nairobi.  How would you feel about that?

Why doesn’t the west understand Africa? Elections in Africa are messy.  They are often no angels on either side.  There is often rigging on both sides.  The voting is usually ethnic.  In fact, in much of Africa, what you have is not western style democracy, but rather, tribal/communal “voting”.  If you are a western country, the absolute last thing you want to do is pick sides in this tribal/communal mix up and this is especially so when elections are close (because if it’s close, it becomes very hard  to tell who the real winner was and it also tells you that the ethnic divide is entrenched and that the country is most probably evenly divided based on ethnicity).

So, if the British started bombing Nairobi in the hopes of putting Raila in, it would inflame all the ethnic groups that vehemently voted against Raila and further entrench their hatred.  This is what is going to happen in the Ivory Coast.  That country is evenly divided. 38% muslims in the north and 32% christians in the south.  How, if you are Outtarra, do you expect to be able to “rule” if you allow a former colonial power to come into your country and drop bombs on your own people?  The only thing those bombs are going to do is inflame that 32% of the country that is genuinely against Outtarra.

When you think about Ivory Coast, think of Kenya and think about how you’d feel if your country was being bombed by the British and think about what that would do to your ethnic DNA. Sarkozy and a large part of the western world do not understand this. It’s not about democracy.  It’s about ethnicity and tribe and religion and no amount of bombs from Paris will change this underlying dynamic, either for Outtarra or for Sarkozy.

11 comments for “Ivory Coast & The Re-Colonization of Africa

  1. Hu Jintao
    June 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Sijui, kweli haujui lolote. Ignorance is bliss, and so is being an uncle Tom.

  2. Sijui
    April 19, 2011 at 6:23 am

    What rubbish! I find this extremely hilarious, all this talk about how democracy doesn’t work for Africa and how the West doesn’t understand Africa. Yet who are fleeing in droves to the West to benefit off the hard worn democratic gains that ensure social and economic mobility? When you have as many or more Third World people fleeing to totalitarian China and all the other places ‘prospering under authoritarianism’ then you have a credible argument, till then and I can tell you it aint gonna happen (these same totalitarian regimes do not have the political stomach, will or support to welcome mass immigration ESPECIALLY of a racially diverse nature that threatens their own racial homogeniety) let’s exercise some intellectual honesty and stop the hypocrisy.

  3. cafedy
    April 15, 2011 at 8:55 am

    This is not a re-colonisation of africa.Africans thought that once European oppressors left africa and attained independence they were set free from the chains of all burdens.Africa has always still been an indirect colony of its former colonizers.Once a country is colonized its never ‘de-colonized’ Policies,institutions and structures are set up that still keep those countries at the mercy of its oppressors.

    On the Ivorian situation..ITs very clear to those that read and do research and dont believe everything they see on mainstream media CNN,BBC etc clearly see how Alassane Quattara a french Political puppet has been illegally put into power by the same people who were once colonizers of that country.

    Africa is still a colony of its former western colonizers and will remain to be so as long as a new crop of leaders (me and you) are ready to stand up and educate our people and make them understand that the west was never in our favour of african development and will never be.
    African problems can be solved by african solutions.

  4. kenyanentrepreneur
    April 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Ilkelle:

    Ivory Coast and Kenya are similar in very many respects.

    In both countries, you had a very close election that was divided along ethnic and/or religious lines.

    In both countries, the real winner would have been impossible to decipher. Why? because elections in most African countries are chaotic and disorganized. In Ivory Coast, it was even worse because the election was held right, smack in the middle of a raging civil war.

    Outtarra’s rebels controlled the north and there was rigging in that part of the country. Gbabo’s rebels controlled the south and there was rigging there.

    Similary, in Kenya, Raila’s heartland of Nyanza saw lots of rigging. In some constituencies, Raila was getting 103% of the vote. Kibaki also rigged in the parts of the country where his support lay (namely, central Kenya, parts of meru & Embu).

    The main difference between Kenya and Ivory Coast is that in the end, the Kenyans decided to negotiate a deal while in Ivory Coast, it was winner take all with Outtarra taking it all (with enormous help from the French).

    The British (kenya’s former colonial power) were wise to stay out of the conflict, unlike the French in Ivory Coast. It is interesting to note that Sarkozy officiated the wedding of Outtarra to his France-Jewish wife when he was the Mayor of Neur. Outtarra and Sarkorzy have been personal friends for years and because Sarkozy has bigger guns, he helped his friend out.

    Outtarra will stay in power as long as Sarkozy remains president. French guns (not democracy) will keep him in.

    As for Raila, the tide has now shifted against him. He will not be able to win a democratic election in Kenya. The tribal support has turned against him. Maybe the British will intervene and find a way to force him on the Kenyan people, like the French did with Outtarra in Ivory Coast.

  5. Ikelle
    April 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    There is no comparison between the Kenya election and the Ivory Coast election. You are comparing apples and oranges.

    The fight in Ivory Coast is 
a fight about Africa’s real independence 
from colonial powers, which are known in modern terms as the international 
community (France, the UK, the U.S., and the UN secretary general). 
 A pro-Gbagbo defeat in Ivory Coast will set the fight for 
real independence in Africa back many years. I still hope that they will prevail in the long terms.

    I do not know a single president in 
the so-called French-speaking Africa who has won any elections of any sort 
in which the opposition recognizes him or her as the winner. The famous international 
community was asleep as usual in July 2009 in Congo and 
in August 2009 in Gabon.

    Remember the August 2009 Gabon election, in which the son 
succeeded his father in a massively fraudulent election 
in which the name of the winner was replaced by the son of the president, who died 
after 41 years in power. Remember the July 2009 Congo election, in which a former military ruler 
who had ruled Congo for almost 25 years and under some under French investigation 
in France was “elected” to another seven-year term. The international community suddenly 
woke up in November 2010 after the Ivory Coast election.

    The so-called French-speaking Africa, including Gabon, Cameroon, 
and Ivory Coast, have not seen any economic growth for decades.
These countries’ resources are still being looted by colonial powers through contracts 
that are written by the buyers, the health care of these countries begun in the early 1960s has crumbled, and 
the education systems have totally collapsed. Yet the Gulf of Guinea, along with the deep water 
of the Gulf of Mexico and the coasts off Brazil, has few oil resources still to tap for production. The upper part of the Gulf of Guinea 
and the deepwater of the lower part of the Gulf of Guinea are the modern prizes. What will the fight for scare oil resources look like?

    Gbagbo has spent all his adult life in opposition to modern colonial rule, whereas Ouattara was a member of this ruling class. Ouattara has never been a militant for democracy in any form that I can find. Surprise, surprise. He spent his time either in the non-democratic pre-Gbagbo government or in the IMF, another source of African decline. Now the international community 
has found a committed democrat, in the form of Mr. Ouattara, whom Africa can do 
without and for whom is worth killing score of Africans.

    This is about oil. I hope that Ouattara, who is now known in many places
 in Africa as the exported president, will never be acceptable in Africa.

  6. P
    April 9, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Ke,

    I’ve been waiting for you to say something about what’s happening in Libya. Most people can argue and say that its a domino effect after what happened in Egypt and Tunisia. You also mentioned that Africa is divided along ethnic, tribal and religious lines. That’s all true. And it’s also true that we cannot adopt a western style of democracy (at least, we’re not ready yet). And you’re very right Julius.

    So what’s going on then? Ever observed how still water sits in a pot or pan. Now, disturb the water and you cause ripples. Question is, who is causing ripples in Africa. If we’re not careful, recolonization will occur. What I’m amazed is the response from Nato, and the US in Libya. We do not see the same thing in the middle east, where they’re killing people every day. Not even the UN is condemning what’s happening in the middle east. If they’re, barely. Why?? I found this article in the BBC which I thought was interesting (History repeats itself) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12882213

    Now, Gaddafi may have done this or that. But who hasn’t? And isn’t it ironic that not so long ago Gaddafi had become a buddy to the Western world. This after giving up his nuclear ambitions among other things. And then they release the Lockerbie bombing suspect. There his was strolling around with Mr. Berlusconi etc. And now France and Italy, the first to send bombers to Libya.

    Gaddafi just responded like anyone would to qwell a rebellion in his country. And everyone got involved……

  7. xoxo
    April 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    KE.,

    I am a constant visitor, really stalker, of your site. My brother and I are starting a webzine in Kenya. We are still in the planning stages. Once we launch, would you consider writing an article for us, maybe once a month? There wouldn’t be any contact, in fact I am not even in Kenya. You would submit your article, and we would publish it :o

  8. Julius
    April 7, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Mr. Majani,
    Access Kenya is not a monopoly in the ISP business. They can decide to charge the much they want for their services. If you feel that they are not giving you value for money, move to the next competitor. I dont see why we should waste time discussing prices in a competitive market. Just move to the cheaper option.

  9. Mr. Majani
    April 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Hi KE. I’m looking for the help of leading tech bloggers to help me expose what can only be described as a pure webhosting scam going on at Access Kenya. Just look at the page below. They are offering 5mb for 8, 500 and 10mb for 15, 000. Goodness gracious! Could you please blog about this so that we can pressure them into changing this horrendous offer?

    http://www.accesskenya.com/smartpackages.html

  10. Julius
    April 6, 2011 at 10:34 am

    African countries need a benenevolent dictatorship to prosper. This western style democracy cannot work where there is ethicity, hunger and disease. Africa must define its own political system and stop borrowing everything that is western.

  11. kevin ogoro
    April 5, 2011 at 2:48 am

    it so true what you said about the chinese style of governance. we face very basic problems in africa; food security, access to basic education and healthcare, high unemployment and energy.

    we would do better with a good economy rather than an improved constitutional condition. so long as there is a wide chasm between the haves and the have-nots the ploretariate will always be used and abused by the elite

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