Regrettably, the situation in Mali slides into military intervention. Several tabloid and mainstream media have given this occurrence quite heavy sentimental and detrimental captions in equal proportion. However, I stand to make my humble observation. As long as we believe in a constitutional democracy, the take or hand over power must be through the people’s sovereign will. Personally, I think that African states are no longer in the self-determination phases, where we deployed all tactics to regain our independence.
It is my considered opinion that a military regime is never an exciting option for any African Nation at this time. Unfortunately, African Politicians have not learned their lessons, and they continue to behave as if their citizens are captured, slaves. Most of the time, the politicians, due to their greed, refuse to acknowledge that the country does not belong to them, but rather to the people at large. The politicians lose sight of the social contract – that the power being exercised was given to them as a privilege, not by right of entitlement. The manner of democracy being practiced by the African politicians has spelled doom and stagnated their countries’ progress.
Corruptions in the ruling Political Parties have reduced the people and their country into the assets of a selected few. Africa: we need a new political orientation, the rule of law, and social justice based on African values. Today, a regime change simply requires the people’s suffrage power through the ballot but not a bullet or anything similar. We have built institutions and systems through which our voices determine our destiny. The new military juntas in Mali should quickly round up their arrival and put the power back in the hands of the people and let the country move forward.