The Herald (Harare)

10 June 2013

Africa Rendezvous With Japan

A NEW dawn is breaking in closer economic development between Africa and Japan. Africa may have rid itself of the physical presence of colonial powers, but imperialists know no defeat. As such, they came back hiding in the wooden horses of Troy.

It is not surprising, therefore, that African countries are home to plethora of so-called non-governmental organisations, some foreign, some local, but all of them paid by imperialists as neo-colonial agents or, better still, parallel as some kind of good Samaritans whom African governments accept with both hands either because they are befuddled by Western rhetoric that make the NGO's appear as though they were saviours out to give poor Africans a fresh new lease of social and economic life, or because the host countries are too trusting of their erstwhile oppressors -- an existential character of Africans.

Working to their secret agendas the NGO's, including local ones be witched, with lots of money which makes them loose their patriotism go all the hog supervising "good governance," "human rights" among dubious values, as though African governments are novices in these areas and must be monitored through remote control by anonymous political dons overseas.

Small wonder then that there has been a chorus of hues and cries by African governments against NGOs that cause political disaffection by people in countries whose governments refuse to become ensconced in the laps of imperialism. Because of a fear that they might roast their fingers in red hot political coals of donors of aid, some governments fulminate quietly while the Smart Alecs have field days disarraying political order in the host country.

But circumstances demand that as people in charge, African governments should read the riot act against errant NGOs, sending foreign ones packing and stock adding indigenous ones whose loyalty and patriotism to the motherland are bought with debt money.

One African country has boldly flexed its muscles by imposing harsh sanctions against foreign NGOs that but more than they could chew by dabbling in the country's internal affairs, frittering money -- whose love for is biblically known as the source of all evil to promote political mayhem.

Egypt may have set an example for other beleaguered African states with a court there convicting and sentencing 43 NGO workers, including 16 Americans, for illegally using foreign funds to foment unrest.

Twenty-seven of the offenders received five-year jail terms, another five received two years and eleven got one year. Big Brothers so and so must right now be stewing in anger at measures taken by the Egyptian court to protect that country's sovereignty.

Stew they must but nothing should deter Egypt and, indeed, other African countries infiltrated by Trojan horses from asserting their authority to protect the motherland.

Strong handed action against offending NGOs will also send a clear message to their cousins, foreign troops deployed to flash points in Africa ostensibly to re store peace but which more often than not exacerbate conflicts to destabilise and weaken Africa for purposes of continued expatiation by imperialists of the continent's rich natural resources.

In this regard, the African continent itself should rise to the occasion by mobilising and quipping a standby force for rapid deployment to quell conflicts anywhere on the continent and in that way leaving no excuse for foreign interventionist forces being sent under the guise of restoring peace.

The need for enduring peace and stability could not have come at a more opportune time when a new, non-imperialist country is raring to move into Africa using its expertise and capital to help develop the continent.

Japan is poised to do just that, witness pledges made at the just ended Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

The West, which industrialised thanks to raw materials carted away from Africa during colonialism, appears hell bent on continuing with the exploitation of raw materials on the continent without even so much as setting up secondary industries so that African countries may add value to locally finished products for export.

From embassy upon embassy of words by Japanese leaders at the Tokyo Indaba gave off an exciting impression that the country is willing to go the whole hog in partnering Africa in development goals that include infrastructural development as the basis of unimpeded social and economic emancipation.

An industrial Africa will need the creation of secondary industries with some of these processing the continent's vast, assorted minerals into finished products so that much -- needed revenue is realised from exports and ploughed back for Africa to transcend its present status of under development.

Of course, for this new partnership to succeed African governments should introduce policies that are conducive to the implementation of new developmental strategies. They must also refrain from playing off their traditional, western friends against Japan whose greater involvement in Africa's social economic development will certainly not amuse imperialists whose pervasive hunger for African raw materials will feel threatened by Africa's closer economic cooperation with Japan. But no one should worry too much about that, as the dynamics of international economic cooperation will take care of the situation.

Africa and Japan must now swiftly sew the seed of a genuine partnership between them in the just broken rich new ground before a jealousy enemy somewhere in the global village plants weeds to try to chock or kwashiorkor the nascent economic cooperation.

Above all, Africans should be prudent enough to put God in the forefront of their dealings with other nations.

The reason for that: if God be for then nothing whatsoever will succeed against the Africans.

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