Can I have an Indian President soon?
In Zimbabwe’s next election, let’s have an Indian running for President. Indians have been a central part of the national fabric of the economy for a long time now. They own almost every building in the CBD in Bulawayo, if Obert Mpofu doesn’t already own it” — Author
Well, it’s been not so long since Zambia has had a white man as President (interim of course). I want to be the first to honestly remark, I never thought I’d see a white man at the helm of an African country, directly. Never, like literally, never thought of it. Unfortunately he won’t be eligible as per their constitution to run for office in 90 days. It would have been interesting to see if he would have made office and what the next 5/10 years would have been like. But I digress.
So, yes! Maybe it’s time for many states the world over to take a lesson from this chapter in Zambia’s story. And I am saying this knowing the eyebrows I will raise from many of my ‘Pro Black’ brothers and sisters but someone has to say it.
Like, in Zimbabwe’s next election, let’s have an Indian running for President. Indians have been a central part of the national fabric of the economy for a long time now. They own almost every building in the CBD in Bulawayo, if Obert Mpofu doesn’t already own it. Indians are generally cool if they like you and quite reserved so you won’t get some superfluous statements at funerals of party members about British Prime Ministers or American Presidents or someone they don’t like, like Jonathan Moyo. We could choose someone economically apt like Raj Modi who has kept the economy in Bulawayo alive with his string of Spars & Choppies supermarkets and his support of local culture & education. Or we could choose someone radical in his or her approach to things. Say, old man Hassamal (if he is still alive) who was known for chasing everybody who worked for him (Africans) outside, out of the shop and locking up all because he had to go take a pee.
Zambia should be a lesson to England or Voltron or whichever one David Cameron is a Prime Minister of that a Black Prime Minister or President should be the next national step. Imagine someone as nice as Desmond Ambrose — from the world famous TV show The Desmonds — heading a state considering how Desmond held no prejudice towards people of various descents and cultures. Most of us wouldn’t be scared of that age old Fedex envelop with a denied VISA application because I am trying to run away from being #Gamatox-ed and not start a riot. Ministers would wear ‘Dashikis’ and ‘Agbadas’, ‘Kaftans’ or whichever American &/or Islamic cloth has been used to stereotype African attire at 10 Downing Street, which might actually influence our replica of a parliament to lose the white wigs.
And don’t pull the Obama card just yet because more black people are being shot by the police now and, really, because a Mexican as the next President of the USA would truly convince me of the abating of racism and the acceptance of the meritocratic society. San Diego, San Antonio, San Francisco; even geography informs us. As Eddie Griffin puts it, ‘…if it starts with San, then its Mexican…’
So, a coloured guy from the Cape heading the ANC driving a Mshini Wam’ or a Kalanga person as Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces, First Secretary of ZANU PF and so on. A female Pope revealing the diary of Mary Magdalene to the world that the Vatican is doing a great job hiding. Yes, Africa for Africans if you understand the diversity the word Africa means. See, competence over tradition, comradeship or any other reason that may disguise incompetence instead of living as the victims of a hypocritical society that hides behind the very standards it lacks. That’s when you get African leaders rushing to Western/foreign hospitals and universities while preaching to the rest of us to believe in their governance. I believe in competence over race, tribe or creed, economics over politics.