By Sitty Mwitu
Many are called to greatness, but few attain it. Even those that are predisposed to quality education, money and power sometimes fail to attain it. Extra-ordinary events like political mass movements, mass uprising, revolutions as well as money and power are some of the factors that have always fooled many people to aspire for political leadership. Such factors have always made many people assume that they can be suitable political leaders capable of not only emancipating the oppressed from political tyrants, but also bringing the desired and meaning development to the people. When given the opportunity based on their babyish political innocence, they start as humble servants of the people, but only to end up as tyrants with the most oppressive regime to have been known in the political history of their nations.
When they assume political power, they immediately start looking down on the poor. They go on the spree of amassing wealth which they fail to account for later on. They continue to make policies that favour themselves and their cronies. They close their ears to the cries of the people as they fatten their foreign Bank accounts in Switzerland. In most of the countries that are ruled by tyrants, both the political leaders as well as business tycoons have ganged up to oppress the poor majority. In pursuit of their greatness, they have used state machinery to oppress the voices of the voiceless. As correctly depicted in the “Disney’s Simba the Lion King Movie”, when tyrants in the form of “Scar and Hyenas” suddenly took over Pride land after the death of King Mafusa, meat became scarce in the Pride land. In the similar sense, when tyrants assume political leadership, national resources are strategically shared among relatives, tribesmen, friends and their partners in crime. Jobs and education remain a privilege for the untouchables. Freedom of the media is suppressed and state media is always turned into the mouth piece of the untouchable gods. Private media is harassed day and night. When the marginalized poor, by the grace of God, access quality education they are denied quality jobs. Corruption and crime become rife as institutions that are set to fight such vices are turned into toothless bull dogs when the gods of this Earth commit such crimes, but turned into ruthless and vicious bull dogs against the innocent and poor citizens when they commit similar crimes. As the untouchables fix their grip on the tools of power and national resources, joblessness and poverty ravage their nations. Without remorse, these tyrants keep on global trotting in pursuit of their own enjoyment, happiness and deals as their citizens continue to wallop in poverty. Many genuine opposition political parties and their leaders are rendered useless and powerless in their pursuit to challenge the untouchables. Elections are rigged in the favour of tyrants in order to perpetuate their stay in power. Despite the international community having intelligence reports on their executive tables regarding the truth of these political tyrants, they keep on showering these tyrants with praises of good leadership, supporting them with developmental aid and FDIs programs when they know that a good junk of such money ends up in the tyrants and their minions’ pockets. This is what is happening in countries ruled by tyrants in the form of Scar and Hyenas.
As for Tunisia, when all hope was lost among its poor people, there came a jobless graduate by the name of Mr. Mohamed Bouazizi. Mr. Bouazizi was a Tunisian youth vendor, who was just 26 years when he met his fate. He had a university degree, but without a steady and quality job befitting a graduate. Condemned to poverty, Bouazizi’s hope was in vending. But even in his vending business, there was crime because he did not have a permit to conduct his vending business. With no intentions to topple the tyrant’s regime, Bouazizi set out on 17th December 2010 to conduct his vending business as usual. No one knew what was set for this day of 17th December 2010. Throughout the world, in countries ruled by tyrants, the police and in some cases the army normally carries out the orders of their masters in oppressing their own innocent and poor and usually unarmed citizens. This was the fate of Bouazizi on 17th December 2010, a day he set out to seek his usual livelihood through vending. On this day he met an oppressive police who unleashed their state power on him for vending without a permit. They collected his fruits and vegetables, which was the only source of his livelihood. We should remember that, despite being a graduate, Bouazizi did not have a steady job; as a result, he did not have money to pay for the vending permit. His daily collections could not allow him to pay for the permit. So when state police confiscated his merchandize, Bouazizi’ life was in ruins. He lost hope, when his little capital that was tied in his fruits and vegetables that gave him daily returns for his livelihood simply vanished into thin air, when the police collected his merchandize. To demonstrate his frustrations to the tyrants’ bull dogs, he set himself ablaze as the people watched in disbelief. He was neither a Taliban nor a terrorist. He was just fed up with an oppressive regime that was insensitive to the needs of its citizens. To the Tyrants’ bull dogs, he was just one of the ordinary poor and hopeless youth bound on trouble making, but they did not know what Bouazizi’s grand purpose in life was and what lay ahead them.
When Bouazizi set himself ablaze, they thought he was stupid and foolish. They thought he was a coward. Bouazizi would have easily chosen to become a terrorist, but no, he chose to die for a good cause by sacrificing his life for the rest of the poor majority. Through his frustrations, he chose his death to be his last voice for the poor and voiceless. He knew his death would represent the poor and oppressed people of Tunisia especially in the town of Sidi Bouzid. He chose to speak his frustrations through his death no matter how horrible it was. And today, his death is the voice of liberation, the voice of freedom in the Arab world. Today, the poor and the oppressed are finding their rights and claiming their dignity. Because of Bouazizi, Tunisia is free, Jordan is free, Egypt is free, Yemen will be free and many Arab countries will be free. Since the revolution of “Power to the People” has started in Africa, many African countries that are ruled by tyrants will not escape this wind of change no matter how iron their fist is. The Power to the People revolution is also a warning to those that have been ruling their countries through rigging of elections that their time is up. The spirit of revolution has invaded every nation where citizens have been oppressed and their freedoms suppressed for a very long time. For this noble cause, Mr. Mohammed Bouazizi deserves to be honoured by the UN and every 17th December remembered as an International Day of Liberation or Power to the People. 17th December should be celebrated to remind the undemocratic nations under siege by tyrants that nothing is impossible because “Power belongs to the People”.