Friday, October 31, 2014
Blaise Compoare and the African spring
After 27 years, the people of Burkina Faso have had enough. And so handsome Blaise was bundled out in an unceremonious exit he hardly hoped for. Generations of Burkinabes had only known one leader. Parliament was set to rubber stamp his quest for a constitutional change to pave way for another term in office and certain victory in the joke that is African presidential polls especially when they involve incumbents. We have been told that Africans (south of the sahara) are incapable of what we saw in Egypt, Tunisia,Libya, Syria-the so called' Arab Spring'.But the people of Burkina Faso have now spoken. We have had enough. Thank you very much. The message is now all too clear to all African presidents who have been in power for over two decades 'winning' sham elections, one after the other. It is amazing how electoral democracy in Africa has been subverted and gone against the very spirit in which it was intended by western civilization.