Speaking at the Africa Energy Indaba, Boning Mohale the former president of the Black Management Forum said that African leaders have no right to blame colonisers for their problems.
This may be well and good however Mohale is judging his present by his opportunities yet thousands throughout Africa live with the effects of colonialism past and present are visible all over. It is not an overstatement when Edem Kodjo, author of ‘Africa Tomorrow’ describes the condition of African as “torn away from his past, propelled into a universe fashioned from outside that suppresses his values, and dumbfounded by a cultural invasion that marginalises him. The African,… is today the deformed image of others. ”
Mohale made a point of mentioning that despite colonisation, the African continent has a wealth of natural resources more so than most of the rest of the world , but that poor management has meant that leaders are unable to take advantage of Africas vast wealth.
If one considers the reality of our resources and how even today the gold, diamonds and precious wealth are being exploited without the benefit of the locals – the children of Africa very rarely taste of their produce.
Mohale then took aim at some of the continents larger power utilities, including Eskom, for their dismal management; including poor maintenance plans and reaching their full potential by capitalising on diverse power sources.
At this point Mohale is correct that our leaders don’t manage our current resources efficiently however when Mohale was the leader of Black Management Forum, he must had realised that placing people within skilled employment without a merit basis will soon catch-up with the countries racism initiatives.
He added that African leaders need to refocus and get back to the basics and a clear vision for Africa.
“We have had nine economic plans, yet none of them were given enough time to gain traction. We also need space to put our best foot forward and not remain beholden to a bush (guerrilla warfare) leader. Then we expect these people to assume the cockpit of a Boeing 747 full of people and fly them from OR Tambo airport to London for 10 hours,” he said.
“When leaders are elected, they need to use that office to put our best foot forward, and not use it to pay back their cadres.”