Ghost of a revolutionary

News of the power shift in Burkina Faso is trending. Since the common people decided enough was enough and and kicked the president, Blaise Compaore out, it has been a mad house on social media.

It is laughable, agreed, how Compaore has got his comeuppance, you’d think. We have been told by those who have written about the country of Thomas Sankara, that Compaore was some sort of a Brutus to Sankara’s Caesar. So if he stabbed the darling of Africa’s young people in the back, many are saying good for him that this is happening.

The Beeb reported that after reports he had relented, Compaore later thought twice about that decision and refused to budge. It had all started out with something Ugandans are far too familiar with; politicians tinkering with the law so that the incumbent (Compaore has been in power for 27 years) could seek another term of office.

Many Ugandans are giddy with excitement because of some similarities with the Burkina Faso story. Of course there are those who have always wanted to be Burkinabe just because Thomas Sankara was such a rock star. Since my days in Primary School, I have heard of the heroics of Sankara with kids singing songs in praise of the soldier.

Sanakara. PICTURE: Koulouba

Sankara. PICTURE: Koulouba

But the 27 years of Compaore and the fact that he was seen by many in the country as trying to further impose himself on the country when everyone is eager to see his back could not have been lost on many Ugandans.

The easiest place to throw invective against politicians is Twitter. For Ugandans, it is still Facebook because it allows us to say a lot more given our love for words. So the similarities have been flying a dime a dozen with many chiding Ugandans for not seizing opportunities.

It is also noteworthy that many are calling for Ugandans to “pick a leaf” from the Burkinabe. This is where I draw the line.

If Ugandans got fed up with their situation, it would be their decision to make if they stormed the different Bastilles that hold the freedom they yearn for. If it went down the way it has in Ouagadougou, Ugandans would do it knowing freedom comes at a steep price.

We would be unfair to fan flames of revolution from afar, which many on the outside have been doing. When the shit hits the fan, it should the one who turned the fan on to get smeared; the cheerleaders are too far to be affected, in many cases.

The noises coming off the internets (emphasis mine) are similar to those made when Muammar Gaddafi was about to fall. The excitement was palpable and you would have thought the Kampala government was falling in the next one month. I should add though that its hard not to laugh when goofs like this surface.

twit M7

But we forget the realities of war. When regimes are entrenched, they do not just lie down and let you have your way with them when you tell them to. There is a price. My argument is to let those who know the clear and present danger make the noises, not those in the comfort of Western capitals.


About Steven

It wasn't me; arrest the voices. It was the voices in my head. Sike! I am Ugandan first. I care for development in my country. I am a curious observer second and I care to know what you think.
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