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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

M7 on Muammar Gaddafi

Wow,
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has written a strong piece in the Daily Nation about the besieged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddaffi.
He’s mentioned his beef with the man, but then he’s poured accolades on him, to an extent that it sounded like the biggest of defences that Gaddafi will ever get.
Look, Museveni says Gaddafi is a nationalist and not a puppet. For the fourty years that he’s ruled Libya, he’s made changes. Big changes.
M7, he who has ruled Uganda for over two decades and is likely going to rule till kingdom come, may just be defending a colleague.
When he says Libya has good roads, low unemployment, better schools and more jobs for African expatriates; and alludes this to Gaddafi’s policies, mostly because he’s a “nationalist” and not a “puppet of the west”, I get the impression that the situation in Uganda should be better because “birds of a feather, flock together.”
Where are the good roads in Uganda? What are the poverty levels in UG? Museveni will tell us later. But then again, I get his point.
Only that I am a little flustered that he can look at us Africans in the eye and tell them to let Libya deal with its issues internally.
Remember Biafra and Rwanda of the “world watched while we died” mantra? So, Seif al Islam (Gaddafi’s son) and his dad declare war on their own people. And the world is expected to sit back and watch?
Please. Not when MG is threatening mass slaughter. No.
All said and done, M7 has a point. The teachings of history and basics about exploitation.
PS: Like Iraq, Libya has oil. Like Iraq, it’s a coalition of forces trying to topple a ‘dictator’. In whose interest?

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