Opinion on President Mugabe’s calling African leaders cowards

By Pastor Paul Wise Lumbu

I would like to pass my humble opinion on the speech by Robert Mugabe on his 88th birth anniversary, a speech that was critically condemned by some and appreciated by others. In his speech he calls some African leaders as “coward and sellouts”. Let me quotes some of his statements in his speech:

“Not only have they become cowards, but have become sellouts of our own people. Betraying, betraying the nations of Africa. That’s that AU thing. “They just think of money, money, money. Material things!
“If I speak against Britain and Britain is paying part of my budget, it is providing money I need for my hospitals, where shall I get this money?
“If I talk against France and I need French money to pay soldiers, to pay my civil servants, ah, where shall I get the money? That’s the consideration.
“You go and kneel before Sarkozy, you go and kneel before David Cameron, kneel before Obama and say yes we shall do all you want us to do.
“All these leaders, and when you are kneeling, you are making your nation kneel before these young imperialists.”
Guys, let us forget just for while what is happening in Zimbabwe and see sense in what uncle Bob is advocating here. This speech from my humble opinion has a very positive impact on Africa as a whole.
Africa like the man in the parable of the Good Samaritan has been attacked by “robbers”. They stripped the continents of its clothes, beat it and they have gone away, leaving it half dead. They have done it in cooperation with our own people especially with most of our heads of states. Africa is viewed by some as a victim to exploit.
Africa like this man is being avoided by “priests and Levites”, religious people. Unlike Mugabe some of us are cowered, we are afraid to stand voice up and act in the favor of our people and of our beautiful continent. We are silent when horrible things are happening to our people; we are silent when Africa is being torn apart by our imperialists.
In both our cowardice and self centeredness we are so concerned of what will happen to us if we are to stop and help the vulnerable people of our countries and of Africa at large. In the name of so called religiosity we avoid the involvement in national and continental issues.  When commenting on this parable Martin Luther Jr. said “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But… the Good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
So dear fellow Africans, may we reverse the question: “if we don’t stop to help this continent what will happen to it? If we don’t stop, confront and address in a non violent way the exploitation and imperialism of the west to Africa, what will happen to our people?
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. Why criticizing Mugabe on things that make sense that we all know but keep silence because “If we stop and help these people what will happen to us” kind of approach?

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