America is a country of about 40 million black people, among a while population of about 320M people, who are being reduced by senseless killings each day. There has been another shooting in as many days, this time in Minnesota, a state that I believed had a lot more Americans of black decent than any other state. My roommate Andy went to this state About 6years ago after winning green card lottery. We all knew that his life was changed forever because America is believed to be the land of opportunity. My other roommate, Peter who was closer to Andy than any of us, said he would prefer Africa than any other place in the world.
Protests are growing in number and already three police officers are reported dead which is equally a sad thing to hear. There is a number of police officers said to be injured. International media seems to think its the fault of white people in America, rather the fault is on white cops in the American police force. Is it possible that black people have a provoking attitude that results in these events, or its white cops whose fabric is woven by deep sites racism and lack of respect for human life? You can imagine a @realsonaldtrump presidency.
I want such movement in Africa. I yearn to see a responsible African leadership which includes an accountable police force. What we see in media about how furious blacks in America become when one of them is gunned down is somewhat a good thing. I reserve my judgement on this because I wasn’t there. Recently a lawyer, Willie Kimani, was murdered in cold blood by what everyone believes to be rogue police officers. The lawyers body alongside his client and a taxi driver we recovered from a river. What I am afraid of is Kenyans will let this go. There may be lack of evidence which may force the courts to acquit the police officers of murder charges.
We struggle with almost everything. Financial times in London says by 2035 half of all job seekers in the world will be African. They further suggest that our high libidos and never falling fertility rates is our greatest undoing. The median age in Africa is 20 compared to 43 In Europe. Maternal deaths have significantly reduced. The average children per woman in Africa is six compared to two in Singapore. As much as this may be seen as an advantage to us, it may be doom. The population is growing exponentially.
In Uganda, Museveni’s rulling party wants to change to constitution to remove age limit of 75 for a presidential candidate. Previously the constitution was changed to allow Museveni to have another term in office. Who said that there is only one leader that a country can have. In South Africa president Jacob Zuma uses public funds for personal development at the expense of national development. And he expects no one to question. Moving from capital to capital of each African country you find unique challenges as well as common challenges across board. They become stories of Africa. Even those who have never been here never want to come.