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Anthony Lukwesa

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Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Aug 19, 2010

If there is one thing that i learnt back in University in my Philosophy lecturers that kept on popping up, time and aagain, is that what is WRONG is WRONG and will never be right. Poverty, Injustice and Corruption are curses and bed rocks on which Africa is resting...these three "virtues" are wrong in all aspects and deter development at all levels in societies.

All african problems such as high rates of HIV/AIDS, slow development progress, selfishness and greed clouding our judgement and so on and so fourth, is has a result of either corruption,injustice and poverty...In africa now, prisons are for the poor people and judgements aree passed many a time at the mercies of the people in authourity and not as per evidence given, Corruption,people are amassing wealth to themselves at the expense of the local people and poverty the greatest of all the curses and the mother of all evils, has gripped most african countries like a cancer...What is the solution to all these curses? Have your say?

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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Aug 21, 2010

There is no solution. Those in power as authority will never let go of wanting more. Africa is only seen by the outside world as value of natural resources that can easily be purchased from the corrupt in Africa. Also there is growing need to get into alliance with countries in Africa by the countries in power such as the U.S. The world is in a massive power struggle as countries use more and require more to keep up with the demands of people who think only of themselves. The problems that face Africa could be solved only if people would place human value over material value and status value. This will never happen. The whole world economy as a free market is at the end of a growth cycle because the big fish in business have grown past saturation.


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Aug 23, 2010

I strongly believe something can be done about these evils in Africa. Look at the seven Asian tiger Countries...Africa lacks leaders that are committed, focussed, dedicated and selfless. Most African leaders, if not all, place their interests first and not the people they are serving. To me the biggest problem in africa is leadership. We are handicapped in terms of leadership. What we have are rather beacons for leaders, with a lot of misplaced priorities.

I look forward to a day when the sun can again shine on our beautiful African lands and the rain can pour freely without anyone going hungry or living below the poverty datum line. I look forward to a day when the youths of today will revolt against their governments and say enough is enough,and choose a humble, focussed and visionary leader who will move them to prosperity and plenty....one day we will...it will take maybe a hundred years or more, but just one day, our plenty resources that we have will be used for ones for the betterment of our people. A new dawn and era is coming...


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Aug 28, 2010

Tony you say: "I look forward to a day when the youths of today will revolt against their governments and say enough is enough". That is what has been done in the past. What will change?


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Aug 30, 2010

Whenever there's a revolution, change for the better is inevitable and eminent...going back to history, you will realise that revolutions either by youths or the citizenly, brought about positive changes in society. I think african youths we still in slumber, we need to work and fight for free corrupt society, justice and high unemployment among others. Has long as we seat back and complain without any pragmatic action, our complaints are in vain and will yield little or less desired results...Revolts founded on principles of positive change in societies always brings about development in societies


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Aug 30, 2010

No Tony. And Yes Tony.

Yes you have the desire for a better society. No. Looking back through history has not solved the problems anywhere as the whole world is always on the edge of War. Revolt is what allows groups to take power from others or is a losing battle if the others are more powerful.

Revolt is to step away by repelling or being against authority. Africans need to work with what they have first and must learn to stop expecting to make changes for the purpose of a better society through words which encourage anger. You may be as positive as possible but as a leader with young men under you there would be just a mob that would then just revolt against you for the positions of power.

World War 1 in no way was the beginning of the Worlds Warring Ways. World War 2 was really World War 1 PART 2. We have already entered into World War 3 or World War 1 PART 3.

Revolt is the same as saying Revolve as Revolution which is going around in circles with just new faces in power who are still men who have no self-control so the power struggle remains built on competition through public opinion in a pyramid structured society.


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Aug 30, 2010

Survival of the powerful is what plagues the world. Here in the U.S. there are Politicians who walk around with their heads held high as if words such as freedom are the excuse to stop revolt in other countries that could threaten U.S. POWER in the Worlds WAR. In the U.S. still at War? Will the U.S. ever take a break from Loving others by placing Freedom Bullets where they will do the MOST GOOD! The U.S. makes the possibility to STEAL from other countries seem justified because the U.S. Revolutionaries wear the right outfit with dark glasses and face paint as if those little boys with guns and bullets playing Cowboys and Indians are acting on Authority from ooooohhh Congressssssnakes.

There are those in the U.S. who wish to REVOLT! Talk about the Dogs Chasing their tails and believing in TALL TALES of Glory. George Washington may have been a great man in a history book but from where I come from Murderers go to a place that has a more Powerful Evil that does nasty things to them for the never again to be given a chance to REVOLT.

Alexander the Great also met the same FATE. Will TonytheGreat become Evil's next MATE?


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Aug 30, 2010

Tony. Give Africa a CHANCE! You could be that Chance. Figure out what People can do to help each other at the bottom rather than focusing on the top portion of the Pyramid Structure.

Use Evolution in place of Revolution. To Evolve rather than Revolve. And notice that Men with Words are Men with SWORDS. Become LESS SAID and become BLESSED. Work on seeing what people can do to WORK. It is easier to trust a Man who works with his Hands and sweats from the Labor that produces the ENVY of the Rich and Powerful who will DIE to be lorded over by a BITCH.

Adversity has through History brought about more positive human connection than revolt and war. There are wonderful people in poorer places than in the Filth of the Self-Righteous who BROOD over others for the purpose of Breeding Greed.


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Aug 30, 2010

Have lived in Africa for 25 years...progressive dialogue has never yielded any positive fruits...well, except for South Africa. The rest of africa is still wallowing in poverty today due to selfish leaders who have tied all their hands to the presidential seats yet with little positive development in their countries.

Am not encouraging violence or anything closer to that. What am saying is Africa needs a strong civil society who wiil hold governments accountable for all their decisions. We lack in africa, in most cases, most civil societies are bribed and hence corrupt. Now, tell me..for how long will we try to dialogue with our governments when we know that they wont listen to our plea? Look at Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Guinea Bissau...democracy is the song that they sing everyday but have failed to stick to it...The only solution ryt now is non violence revolution like the one Mahatma Gadhi used to preach about or even King martin Luther jr...


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Aug 30, 2010

I disagree.

Africa is completely a different situation than India which was taken over by the British that allowed Ghandi to oppose an outside oppressor. M.L.K. had the situation unfold which he was pulled into like a vacuum of a Country which was not at the poverty level as many Countries in Africa.

China for thousands of years had Ruling Families that killed each other for power from the inside while being able to close the doors to the Chinese who lived in extreme poverty and the doors could remain closed for 500 years until those outside helped themselves enough to where the Rulers could go out into the public.

In Africa if you assemble 50,000 people for a peaceful protest against a government what would happen? The 50,000 people could be shot, buried, and the news agencies of the world would talk about the next world cup soccer event.

The Powerful in Africa are more prepared than Saddam Hussein who would have been eaten alive for fun at a dinner party of the Wealthy in Africa.


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Sep 1, 2010

Oh NO Tony, it certainly can't be a curse. It may appear so because of how endemic the problem has become but it is probably because we have taken the wrong approach in search of the solution. Look back at America in the days of the Great Depression, look back at the days of M.L.K when the blacks thought they were cursed to bear a black colored skin, when the thought they were cursed to serve the white. Tell me Tony what happened?. It took a group of conscientious individuals like King and Malcom X and the many others to rise up and do forthemselves what nobody will do for them. And that is the solution to the so-called Africa's curse. Taking responsiblity as individuals to do what we need to do. Government has never solved anybodys problem and will never do. It has always taken the pious indignation of disenchated individuals to turn the tables around. Let You and I solemny decide from today not to look up to Government, the UN, not to look up to any of the other multilateral bodies for our development and you will see the strides that will be made. Certainly their efforts are necessary but It must start with us beginning to take responsibility for our own problems and stop poiting fingures. Pointing fingures at our leaders has not done us any good and will not do. True liberation from this canker must start from within and I want to humbly submit that it must it must start with us as INDIVIDUALS!!!


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Sep 2, 2010

exparte i cannot agree with you more on the point that yuo have raised about individuals tidying up themselves and picking the sword till they win. But again, been an african to some extent is a very tough thing. Quiet alright individuals can work towards development but very few are willing to help a fellow or even empower him or her. we are gripped by the shukles of selfiness, self centredness and greed. am sure you will agree with me that no individual can fight the barter alone and later along win. Africans need to learn to be selfless and learn to work as a team or community. They need to embrace brotherhood and help each other, that way we will prevail and withstand all waves and mountains that in our way of development.

Its starts with individauls yes, but individuals inorder to suffice at some point need to work as team or community..without cords of brotherhood, love for one another and mental slavely, africa shall forever remain impouverished and undeveloped. we need to learn to put the interests of others first and not always wanting to see our friends suffer...the governments cannot be fought by an individual, unless all come together in the name brotherhood and shared interests thats when will win. but has long has others are being corrupted and thus, rich and happy while others are in poverty, there will be no development.


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Oct 4, 2010

Each one of us is the change we want to see. I know this sounds corny but it holds truth. We tolerate the corruption, we pay the bribes, we ....Catch my drift. Change may be slow and seemingly insignificant - it is coming - slowly but very very surely if we play our part and affect our spheres of influence positively.One step, one thing, one person at a time.


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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Apr 1, 2012

Tony,
Look at the history of people dependent revolutions of the recent years. All of them have (had) two factors in common.

1) a theory as the foundation
2) leadership

The Soviet Union, China and Iran are the examples with almost the same similarities of the current Africa.

The theories for the Soviet union and China were based on Marxism. The revolution in Iran was (is) based on Islam.

Leaders (more or less) had few capabilities.

1) either truly or apparently knew the theory
2) presented the theory as the foundation for glory
3)could unite the people based on the theory
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Re: Solutions to Africa's curse of Poverty, Injustice and Corruption
Apr 10, 2012

So much happened at the end of last year 2011 and the beginning of the 2012.

Observations among many others in Africa are the middle east revolutionaries, the killing of Bin Laden, the peaceful elections in Zambia and Senegal...all these are signs of many transitions that can be yielded when people come together with common purpose and interest.

Having that said, i wan t to agree with many of your postings like the one which points out that Africans if they were to gather, many would be shot buried and will only be spoken about in the next world cup. Fun as it may sound we saw that happen in Malawi at the beginning of the year when the late President Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika ordered the killing of about seven people who were demonstrating for increase in food prices and many other economic hardships that the country was facing.

May i point out here that change is eminent in Africa, we can see how people are willing to change now...all these revolutionaries in Egypt and the whole of middle east and the fair elections in Zambia and Senegal gives us a bit of hope to fight all the injustices that Africa is facing. As i always say, we the youths have the power to spearhead and create the change we need to see....in Egypt and the middle East in general it was the youths who spearheaded the revolutionaries, in Zambia, the youths were in the forefront in changing the government...We the youths have power and soon or later, Africa will be ruled by youths who have vision and the interests of people at heart. Corruption , poverty will all be a thing of the past...am hopeful and i hope all of you hope with even as we endevour to make change as youths in Africa.


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