By Daniel Itai, Harare, Zimbabwe
Yesterday Linda Masarira, leader of the LEAD political party joined forces with other political leaders across the continent in commemorating African Human Rights Day.
“October 21, is a day set aside to commemorate African Human Rights Day though very few Africans know of its existence. The Day has been commemorated since 1986 when the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights came into effect.
This document is a central commitment of the states of the Organisation of African Unity and its successor, the African Union which guarantees the continent’s citizens numerous rights and freedoms. The charter is more than a statement of rights. It is a lodestone for what Africa aspires towards. Basic liberal rights such as life, liberty, protection from slavery and degrading punishment, the right to trial by impartial courts, freedom of conscience, the right to receive information and participate freely in the government are included.
Access to education and healthcare and the collective rights of cultural groups are also fundamental rights which member states are supposed to uphold and ensure. I think we cannot have a fair assessment of these rights when we seek to define them similar to how they are defined by those of white origin. What is it that matters to us as Africans? Should we cry for education to be a basic right for our children when we all know the curriculum is meant to weaken the mindsets of our people and make them stupid? We need to redefine the type of education we need for African people to transform their mindset from being workers to being innovators and entrepreneurs.
Can we expect justice to prevail amongst ourselves when we have accepted for decades to be treated as children of a lesser god? Until we start having an African dialogue on what African countries need to do to unshackle themselves from the bondage of the west and east, this Day will be commemorated with no tangible results until the cocks come to roost.
The African charter on human and peoples rights is clear on issues on the basis for an Africa of justice, freedom and prosperity. Going forward we need to define our own 100 percent organically home grown governance and justice system for Africa.
However, in my own view, Africans enjoy their human rights to a greater extent though unknowingly. The major problem is the ignorant part as it is where the white supremacy racial capitalists take advantage of and start spreading propaganda through other mentally colonised black people to agitate Africans and shift their focus from developmental issues to the queen’s cultural dictates. If you look at the most basic human right which is the right to life you will realize that most Africans die of natural causes such as sickness unlike in America where most people die of human instigated attacks.
If you look closely at the African sickness and deaths, propaganda is spread to the effect that people die because of misgovernance and autocratic Presidents who fail to invest in the health sector. The so-called narratives calls for African governments to shun their own traditional systems and to purchase the expensive white man’s medicine and ignore our own cheap local herbs. My opinion therefore stands that Africans around the continent enjoy their human rights but fail to appreciate them due to ignorance and over ingestion of white supremacy and propaganda,” said Masarira.