It was quite interesting to read from someone else who shares the view
that the less ink we use on the state boundaries on the map of Africa the
less ink and time we shall waste redrafting constitutions. Our
politicians need to take the porousity of these boundaries seriously,
allow the people to flow to areas of the continent that best need their
services and eventually we shall develop a truly African culture, one
that will help subdue our tribal sentiments thereby focusing our energies
on positive development.
It really makes one wonder why the Zairean authorities, for instance,
could deny women and children from Rwanda entry into the country during
the recent turmoil in the region. I believe that tribal warfare is not a
new development that came with colonialism. We used to batter each other
long before the colonialist set foot on the continent. The only
difference between then and now is that we now beat up each other inside
'rings' i.e boundaries. And when one gets out of the ring, they are
camped in refugee camps with the devastating environmental and health
hazards best illustrated by the Zaire/Rwanda incidence. I stand to be
corrected, but I believe that if the Rwandese had been left to mingle with
the Zaireans even the relief agencies would have had a much lighter task
and I do not think they would still be out there feeding thousands.
Could someone help me understand the basis upon which a state/ country is
termed as being "soverein"? To me 80% of Africa falls short of this status.