Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

The Fall Of Dictators Rejuvenates The African Union

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
bsaint3@gmail.com; www.bbbakampa.blogspot.com


Delegates at this year’s African Union Summit have criticised NATO and other western powers for meddling in the continent’s internal affairs. The African Union’s biggest challenge is the selfish and opportunistic tendencies of the continent’s leaders. This egocentrism, manifested through dictatorship, greed, among others, is responsible for Africa’s failures like promoting unity and solving abject poverty.

The unification of Africa would require the sitting heads of state and governments to abjure some of their political powers to a strong African central government. But this cannot be possible with the current breed of leaders who are largely mean and exclusionary.

Maintaining political hegemony in these tiny states is their only preoccupation; a matter of life and death. They are unable to see anything beyond life in government where their opulence is catered for by indigent Africans! Our myopic leaders only take pleasure in being accorded majestic treatment by their miserable citizens.

Much as I liked President Gaddafi’s passion for a united Africa under one political regime, to me he only sounded contradictory and unreliable, because of his highly dictatorial governance in Libya. He did not permit political activities in his country and such human rights as freedom of speech, expression and association were unheard of. Mr. Gaddafi could not be trusted on his word, for no sensible person would have wanted his high-handed leadership style extended across Africa.

Senegal’s Abdoulaye Wade, who also shared Mr. Gaddafi’s ideas, recently made a futile attempt to amend the constitution so as to suit his personal desires like successfully transferring power to his son! Thankfully, just like Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo, he failed having been vehemently opposed by the people who demonstrated outside Parliament. Fortunately, Mr. Wade was sensible enough to let go, unlike Mr. Gaddafi, who chose to shoot and kill innocent Libyans having risen against his leadership in protest, calling them rats and cockroaches while swearing to exterminate them.

I am convinced that it is only through the fall of such dictators that the African Union can achieve its aims and objectives. Without them the African Union will truly be relevant to the African people. Therefore, the delegates’ outbursts at this year’s summit should be ignored and summarily dismissed with the contempt they deserve. Theirs are only the cries of dictators, converged in a dictators’ club, desperately trying to save themselves and their unfortunate colleagues from instant doom, unleashed by suffering ordinary Africans, supported by their friends from the West and NATO.

Dictators in Africa and elsewhere ought to know that their days are numbered. Africa and the world cannot afford to prop dictators any more. Africans are firmly asserting their God-given fundamental human rights and freedoms. They are simply demanding what truly belongs to them, which for long has been unlawfully withheld by a bunch of unscrupulous leaders.

It’s good that the Moroccan government is taking positive steps to make concessions with the people, through the proposed constitution, introduced by the King Mohammed VI. Morocco, though not a member of the African Union, is geographically part of the African continent. Other absolute monarchies like Swaziland should follow suit and to embrace real and meaningful democracy. The same applies for de facto dictatorships like Uganda and North Sudan that are only democratic in theory.

Apparently, although ordinary Africans stand to benefit form the steady demise of dictatorship on the continent, the African Union stands to gain most. Dictators must be toppled for the African Union to be able to address the continent’s issues soberly and decisively.