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I strongly disagree with those African commentators who have swallowed western propaganda and are only dwelling on Col. Gadaffi's real and perceived dirty deeds, completely ignoring his pivotal role in the liberation in South Africa in particular and the rest of Africa in general. 

Just as British and other western ruling classes (not ordinary citizens) did with Saddam Hussein in 2003, they have unilaterally decided that Col Muammar Gadaffi and his family must go now, through the gallows!

The decision has been made without any reference to Africa although Libya is a member state of the African Union. Africa must speak out not only because a western-engineered regime change in Libya will almost certainly create another Iraq and Afghanistan on the African continent.  It would also set a precedent for a similar regime change in other AU member states, sooner rather than later.

Africans must also speak out because western ruling classes (not ordinary citizens) have already dragged the continent into the crisis in Libya, peddling the extraordinary claims that African economic immigrants have somehow become mercenaries that are keeping Col. Gadaffi in power!

No one is asking or expecting African leaders and commentators to speak in defense of Col Gadaffi' s indefensible decision to cling to power for forty-two years without preparing his oil-reach desert country for a peaceful transition from one leader to another. 

That is precisely why we have been campaigning for almost ten years that African countries develop independent institution of state (not a big man); fight corruption; protect basic human rights and  enable free and fair elections leading to a peaceful change from one leader to another.

But no one expects African leaders and peoples to forget Col. Gadaffi's pivotal role in Africa's  liberation struggle against the diabolical supremacist white minority rule in Angola, Mozambique, South West Africa (Namibia) and the Republic of South Africa.

While the upper class, ruling class in United States, Great Britain and their western allies (not their ordinary citizens) were baying for Mandela's blood, calling him an international terrorist and urging the Apartheid regime to keep him in Robben Island until he died; it was col. Gadaffi who provided the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) with necessary financial and material support that eventually bled the Apartheid system to death in 1994.

Save for the slave trade, there is nothing else in history that has been more degrading and humiliating to African peoples than the dehumanising apartheid regime that was supported by the west.

It was in recognition of Gadaffi' s contribution to the liberation of South Africa that Nelson Mandela breached the UN travel ban on Libya and travelled by road to Tripoli on 22nd October 1997. In Uganda, it is clear from talking to former bush war fighters or reading about bush war stories that many of the leading personalities in president Museveni's government were trained in Libya.

It is therefore safe to conclude that, had it not been for Gadaffi, General Museveni's National Resistance Army (NRA) might never have come to power in Uganda in 1986, and South African boers  would still be in power in South Africa.

If Col Gadaffi listens to anyone in this world, it is Nelson Madiba Nelson. It was Mandela who successfully persuaded Gadaffi to hand over Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah,two Libyan agents accused of planting the bombs in the Pan Am flight that killed almost 300 people in Lockerbee, Scotland on 21st December 1998

The African Union owes a political and moral debt to Gadaffi in particular and the whole world in general to bring about an end to the escalating crisis in Libya.

As a mater of urgency, African Union should advise South African president Jacob Zuma to fly to Tripoli and come back with Col. Gadaffi and his family.  And they should act now because tomorrow Gadaffi and his family will be dead.  Just as Saddam Hussein's death did not bring peace to Iraq; Gadaffi's violent departure would put open the gate to hell for Libyans.

By Sam Akaki
Director, Democratic Institutions for Poverty Reduction in Africa (DIPRA)


The African Executive Issue 306



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very true, then whose turn next?
South Afrika isn't any freerer the the rest of Afrika. All any of the Afrikan Nations have is "Flag Independence". They control none of their natural resources, which is what is ncessary to make them truly free. In addition, how many of you know about the land that Khaddafi, an Arab has been buying up in Mali, and evicting those Afrikans off of their own land, with the help of Negro lackey, sell-out leaders. And why should we not examine his behavior towards Afrikan people, given the fact that he is an Arab and only gives lip service to the plight of Afrikan people. If he loves Afrikan people so much, let him give up the control of the Oil in Libya and return all of Libya to Afrikan people. I've seen no reason to support him at all. I'll part with this: "All people in Afrika who are not Black/Afrikans are either invaders or the descendents of invaders"-period, end of discussion.
You are right for not wanting to support Gadaffi.  My husband (71 years old)& I (66 years old) been called by the 'N' word by even White-Supremacists Muslims. And long time ago when White-Supremacists Muslims owned C-Town, they cheated us financially in their stores. And say, "we had you in slavery." Time for us to wake up and realize nobody loves us.

Are you saying the new meaning of HERO is MAD MURDERER or VILLAIN? That is what Gadaffi is doing to his people. I guess Kindergarten did not help us at all. So, therefore, we can refer to the KKK, that lynched Black people in America as heroes also. Thanks for improperly re-educating me.


Here is a link that might help us:


I guess that I should be nice and respectful and say to you my dear brother that you are entitled to your opinion.  O.k., their I've said it.  Now let us return to reality.  I will have to defer to brother Olatunji Mwamba position and say Amen to you brother Olatunji.  Given the historically bad treatment that the Arab's have exzibited towards the Africans in the past and which continues right up to this moment, why do you still feel that the Arab's are our friends?   Your logic for supporting Col. Gadaffi reminds me of the batter woman who stay with a battering man because in her mind, his battering of her is a sign that he loves her.  Just my two cents.
You are right on. Glad to see somebody else is not brain dead. This link should be helpful:


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