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Ivorians queued in the scorching sun and voted, and what did they get in return – violence and threats of war!

in some cases we can say this is justified, as in Zimbabwe, when President Robert Mugabe refused to hand over power to an opposition leader who did not get the required percentage of votes to win outright, who was being backed by Western pow- ers because of their own self-interest – powers that wanted and needed President Mugabe out of the way so they could go about their normal business of exploiting Africa. Oh yes, it is true that there are many factors determining who wins an African election. Factors such as which African president will be the best puppet and dance to the tune of the Western master. This, once again, lends credence to my argument that Africans need no longer go out and vote. The best solution would be for the “politrickcians” to decide amongst themselves. To pick an example – and I use Côte d’Ivoire simply because it is the latest hotcake – as you read this and imagine what I am going to describe happening in Côte d’Ivoire, I ask of you to see it happening all across the continent because I believe it may well be the answer to voting and political violence. Okay, so imagine in Côte d’Ivoire, on election day, all the eli-

gible political parties meet at one venue and under the auspices of the African Union and any other relevant bodies, institutions or individuals, a random selection is made as to who is to have power. As each party arrives, their flagbearer is asked to put his party’s name in a transparent box. After all the parties have done this, whoever is in charge (and I think it should be the head of the African Union) randomly selects from the box the name of the political party that will lead the country for the next X many years. And because it is a random selection done in the presence of all eligible parties, they know everyone will accept the results. If they want, they can randomly select for more than

two terms. After this, they announce the winner to the general public. Once the public has been made to understand that the politrick-

cians have agreed to share power in this way, they would support the randomly selected government. Right now, the violence and death associated with African elections is too ridiculous. It does not make any sense to me why person A should take up arms against Person B because person A’s choice of political leader has been deprived of his chance to take power. Or why Person B should take up arms against Person A because the leaders of the two parties are fighting each other. Don’t these people realise that no politician is worth dying

for? No, no, no. African politics is about grabbing the power enjoyed by a few and rubbing it in the noses of the opponents and the masses. So the best thing is for Africans to take a back seat and let

the politrickcians fight it out amongst themselves. Because as is evident across the continent, whether it is Party A or Party B in government, it makes no difference to the lives of the masses. No matter who is in power, unless an African has a direct link to them, it will be of no benefit to them. They will still not have run- ning water. They will still not have a regular supply of electricity. They will still not have a say in what deals are signed or indeed in how they are signed. So why must the African vote for any political party to come

to power? I, for one, have thrown away my voter’s card and until I see a true African leader with the spirit of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, I am no longer going to waste my time and dirty my thumb with poisonous ink. But hey, these are just the reflections of an ordinary African woman. gNA

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