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THE EMPRESS IS NUDE by Rae Samuel

posted 1 Aug 2012, 02:29 by Gerry Kangalee
Okay, so the chiefs of security (who is that on a sinking ship?) have been thrown overboard. They probably wished that the Board of F.C.B. had made them walk the plank. Poor, poor men, crying all the way to their home banks! And on the eve of our golden independence anniversary, we have decided to buy local. Not that it will change the price of ammunition or ease traffic congestion. 

My generation enters this sixth post colonial decade as having gotten one thing correct. We have seen "prophesy fulfil". As young activists we preached, swore, averred, bellowed, advocated that the post colonial settlements assented to by the middle class cohort was doomed to fail. 

We initiated movements that attacked the system on all fronts and are here today to advocate, preach, to practice constitutional rights because of the fight backs of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1989 just to identify certain historical sign posts pre-Abu Bakr. 

Somewhere along the way the rhetoric became muted and the denunciation of capitalism disappeared from the discourse. Some leadership even accommodated themselves on board the creaking ship, believing the vessel could limp along and they could get a seat at the captain's table. 

Well whatever imaginations we, our generation, may have had, whatever illusions we may have harboured about the system, have been shattered. On every conceivable front, in every institution of significance there is mayhem, disorder, chaos. Barbarism is the currency of exchange, the medium of exchange. The empress stands naked, chunky and clueless. 

My question is that now history has/has not absolved our generation, now that the political vehicle has careened off trees, hit embankments, crossed medians, rear-ended other political motorists and landed on its flattened hood, how are we approaching the question of creating an alternative political construct?
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