At long last Blaise Compaore, the cold-blooded dictator of Burkina Faso, is gone, even though he has been replaced by someone of the system that France put in place. Even so, the ultimate objective of Burkinabes should be to dismantle the system and replace it with a progressive one that nullifies the enslaving Colonial Pact and that ensures democracy, freedom, liberty, transparency, economic progress, technological openness and fiscal responsibility for the country.
Compaore came to power almost three decades ago by killing the popular former president Sankara (he was very close to him) in a French-sponsored coup against claims that Sankara was a Marxist.
In most countries in Francophone Africa, France and some Western governments have their puppets who have been in power for decades and who during their rules have been impoverishing their people, selling off their country's resources, saving the wealth they loot from their home countries in foreign banks and buying properties and businesses abroad (Paul Biya of Cameroon—32 years, Eyademas of Togo—4 decades, Bongos of Gabon—5 decades—Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville—31/2 decades, Derby of Chad—21/2 decades etc.
It does not come as a surprise that the people are fed up with the paralysis in their home countries that is caused by political leaderships that don’t have a clue what good governance is all about and have no idea when it comes to moving their countries forward into the 21st century by using the power they usurped, power that is supposed to be used to make it impossible for hard-working citizens to live a decent life. These puppets are in power to safeguard the benefits France gets from its former colonies as spelt out in the “Colonial Pact”, which France imposed on its colonies before granting them independence in the 1960s.
While Burkina Faso would be remembered in African history and more especially in Francophone African history as the first country where an Francophone African dictator was forced to step down due to a popular revolt by the masses he had been oppressing and suppressing with the help of foreign interest groups, the event today should be looked upon as the precedence in the struggle to free Africa from tyranny, a liberating fervor that would see the “Power of the People” confining other dictatorships like those of Paul Biya of Cameroon, the Eyademas of Togo, the Bongos of Gabon, the Kabilas of Congo-Kinshasa, Sasse Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville, Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan, Idris Derby of Chad, Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and other less vile figures in the African political scene, confined to the dirt heaps of history. Hopefully, the less vile African leaders would not transform into the leeches that the afore-mentioned have become, while tapping on the tacit and open blessings of foreign entities that besides safeguarding their inhuman interests through deals with these clueless dictators, might even be gleeful that these monsters epitomize Africa and Africans.
The day the 32-year rule of French-imposed Paul Biya of Cameroon is brought to an end and the six-decade old anachronistic French-imposed dismantled, would be the beginning of true freedom, prosperity and democracy in Francophone Africa.
Blaise Compaore was imitating Paul Biya of Cameroon when he tried to get around the two-term limit on the presidency as spelt out in the constitution he approved hardly a decade ago. He failed, but Paul Biya of Cameroon did not. The Cameroonian president changed his constitution once again in 2008, allowing him to get two more seven-year terms in office through elections that are nothing but masquerades and a sacrilege to democracy, a farce that he has always pulled off with messages of congratulation from his foreign backers. Even though Cameroonians protested and 150 were killed that February 2008, Paul Biya went ahead with his plan and changed the constitution, and then faked elections again in October 2011, after which he promised Cameroonians another victory in 2018, when he would be 85 years old. He has continued imposing himself on the people, with the backing of France, the corporate world and other Western governments. And today, Cameroon, one of Africa’s most resources-rich (human and material) countries, is almost a failed state with the worst brain drain rate in Africa and without a sense of direction.
In a world devoid of hypocrisy, human leeches like these psychopaths posing as African heads of state would not be tolerated by powers who brandish human values as the corner stone of their advanced cultures or civilization. It is about time the leadership of the cultured world understand that their interests are best safeguarded in a world and more especially in an Africa where the vast majority of the people have a stake in the progress of their countries.
October 31, 2014
Janvier Tchouteu-Chando is a pro-Democracy advocate and the author of “Triple Agent Double Cross”, “The Union Moujik”, “and Disciples of Fortune”.