Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has got so much going inside his head. This is the only excuse I can afford on his behalf. Either that or he just likes attention. And won’t stop at nothing to get it. Well, wasn’t amused…I still ain’t. And just as he does, I will let the World know.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is finally at peace. His remains having been safely tucked away at the very place he had wished for. With him his person is gone. Yet with us his history will always remain. Soon after his demise, Ngunyi’s claims was that Madiba was an overrated hero created by the West.
I learnt the history of Nelson Mandela while studying African History in class 7.Back then in Vitale Boarding Primary School, History was one of the subjects you wouldn’t dare play around with. And if at all you did, then one Mr Kavuvu would sure not be amused.
From there I got the passion to learn about African History. And even better through High school later on. Before all this however, and while still a growing toddler, I had the rare privilege to watch the Movie, Sarafina. A movie that depicted the kind of life that the average South African citizens underwent. The senseless killings and mistrust amongst a people. A nation in need of liberation.
We have all lived knowing what happened in South Africa, as the entire world watched. Watched and hardly did anything. Where was the Pan Africanism back then? Kenya in fact even traded with the Boers as other nations wished otherwise! Where was the West when Mandela, a celebrated world icon today was languishing in prison cells?
I don’t think Mr Ngunyi took some time to think twice about his tweet before rushing to post it. I think he was out to get back into the limelight. How terribly he scored!
Mandela scored above all African Heads of State, when after just a single term in office, he opted to relinquish power. Our leaders stay in office too long to spoil their great reputations!
Yet he (Ngunyi) went a notch higher to hail one Robert Mugabe .A Zimbabwean hero who ruled long enough to tarnish his own name!
When Madiba opted to forgive his persecutors and work with them for the common good of South Africa, many called him a boot licker! Yet look at the economy of South Africa today! Do we rather he chased away all non blacks like Iddi Amin and Mugabe did? He chose to rise above personal grudges and hatred. All for the good of South Africa . He opted to use sports to cement his nation together.
Mandela’s quest for justice did not end with the scraping of the Apartheid regime in South Africa. On the global front, he joined the Non Aligned Movement and even served as it’s Secretary General. He spoke against the United States on both the Iraqi Invasion and the Palestinian case. In him I saw a fearless and dedicated advocate of humanity. One who wasn’t shy of telling the King of his nakedness. I do not see a hero created by the West. I see a pro humanist whose time to bid the world farewell had come.
As his soul rests in peace, I have finally let Mutahi Ngunyi know why I celebrate him. Why he remains in his own league despite the ability of other African leaders to join him up there. Only, they haven’t been so willing…
Ookoscope, the way it is!