Sunday, May 29, 2011

Africa is not getting ready for Arab demonstrations

When he speaks about revolution in the Arab world, Michela Wrong is reluctant to which this is spreading in other regions of Africa. "You will not see the riots in Libya, Tunisia and Syria played further south in Africa." The Italian raised in London says that "to organize a revolt like the one he has lived in Tahrir Square requires a more critical group of people than live in most of Africa." "There is no feeling of solidarity between different social classes," he adds.

Wrong is a journalist who has worked as a reporter and freelance for various international newspapers. No doubt, after traveling and living for four years throughout Africa, has become an expert on African issues. This continent has been the subject of all his books. His third and last letter is titled "Now we eat ', published by Oxfam, and tells the story of John Githongo, who is also known as' anti-corruption czar' for the work he did in the two years he worked investigating the Government of Kenya in 2003.

Its pages tell how Githongo tried to uncover the scandal called "Anglo Leasing" involving the country's president in 2003. By asking the expert on the title of his book answers that always knew how he would head. "'Now we eat' is a phrase that symbolizes the way of thinking that have high government officials.

Eating here means stealing." What the author wanted to achieve with this story is that people know the truth about what happens in government, so their pages have tone of complaint. The shops in Kenya do not dare to sell the book by journalist for fear that the Government withdraws them.

Despite this, the author believes that "the book has gotten people to be aware of what happens." Although the exemplary unveils tricks of senior Kenyan Wrong explains that the 'leitmotif' throughout Africa is the role that the West takes over the continent. "The West has changed hand many African countries-especially the Treaty of Berlin, but has also done much damage," says the writer.

Not enough to donate money to countries in need, make sure it is used responsibly and does not go away as if by magic. "It's very difficult to monitor how aid is spent coming." Foreign governments seem to have neither the time nor the desire to perform this task, besides, this would mean that they should "intervene in the affairs of other governments," which would not be easy.

In his opinion, Kenya needs a change in government. "The current president, Mwai Kibaki, has 80 years," says Wrong. "We need younger officials. There is too much age difference between government and society." The solution is not simple, but it should be clear that it is they who have the opportunity to change things.

"Africans must understand that major decisions are not taken in London, Rome and China, but they can control their destiny" . It is also necessary to change the mentality of the people, as all corruption justified because they themselves use it in their daily lives: "People think it's the only way the country works because of how low they are wages.

" A key question is whether the continent will find a way out of this spiral of corruption, will there ever democracy 'real' to Kenya? In this respect the writer does not seem too optimistic. There is much discussion about a reconciliation in the country, however, feels "there is a real momentum for change.

I do not see going to get anywhere now." However, there could be a similar event to which we are living now in the Middle Eastern countries "within 10 years," according to the journalist because it is something "inevitable." He concluded by talking about the similarities between African and European countries like Italy, Spain and Greece.

"Especially in Italy there is this culture of 'great man' who rules the country", which will 'forgive' or passes the corruption and scandals. In this sense, Europe is believed more than some African countries and it is clear that there are some common denominators that scare.

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