Friday, October 10, 2003

The African Strongman Lives On

According to the news item linked to in the above post by Africapundit, Sam Nujoma seems to have rather grand plans in store for himself as president in perpetuity of Namibia; how depressingly familiar. Am I surprised? Not really, given the sort of nonsensical rhetoric Nujoma's been spouting for quite a while now. He's an even more ardent and outspoken defender of Mugabe's activities than the shameless Thabo Mbeki has ever been, and his retort to criticism from any quarter has always been to scream "racist!" or "collaborator!"

Namibia appears to be treading an all too familiar trajectory down to chaos and impoverishment. How long will it be, I wonder, before Namibians will start to look back on the era of white rule as having been the "good old days"? But that is what one gets for allowing incompetent, power-hungry crooks who subscribe to shallow notions of "imperialism" and "capitalist exploitation" to get their hands on the reins of power.