By David G Maillu
What is it that African Presidents are doing in order for their community and for themselves to understand each other better? During colonial days we were referred to as Africans. In Kenya there were only three communities. Africans, Europeans and Indians. Colonials were fantastic human farmers who created paddocks, in terms of states, for better effecting farming and administration. The East African paddocks were Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. When we became independent, it was actually independence for animals in those paddocks to be demoted from being called Africans to become known as Kenyans, Ugandans, Tanzanians and so on. Grounds for interacting and understanding one another were destroyed.
They say that creativity is the mother of invention and builder of empires. I am afraid, African’s creativity has remained unexploited for ages. But that creativity is needed most to solve present problems. Call it madness what I am going to suggest; but it is sometimes said that there is thin line between genius and insanity.
In order to exercise the taste of pan-Africanism or for better understanding of how it feels to be in the political shoes of someone else, how about trying something unprecedented? I suggest that Presidents of some selected countries, best in the East African Community, on behalf of the continent, should swap positions for a month. For Example, President Yoweri Museveni could swap it with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Or President Kenyatta with President Paul Kagame.Or President John Magufuli with President Museven and so on.
The swappers would get out of the exercise very enlightened and things would never be the same with themselves. By all means, the exercise, which wouldn’t cost much, would help cleanse many prejudices and misunderstandings among the citizens. The participants would not need foreign aid for the exercise.