In every country, particularly southern and eastern parts of the continent, land matter has become a hectic and heartbreaking phenomenon.
Citizens are revolting and turning against their governments and leaders. On the other hand governments and leaders seem to forget the core reason they fought white supremacy and colonialism wad because of the same land issue.
South Africa and Namibia are about to become danger zones, if land issue is not solved urgently and diligently.
Instead of looking at impossibilities that can be made possible, most African leaders are choosing to side with the colonial law while brutalizing citizens who are fighting for a just cause.
Animosity and tensions have broken out in Namibia with citizens burning ruling party flags and portraits of the President, because citizens feel dejected from the independence promise.
Hatred spiced with tribalism, and effects of poor planning by leaders pushes Africa into ethnic tensions that if not addressed carefully, can tear apart the very foundations of the continent’s quest for freedom.
Let me categorically blame the leaders and political parties, especially those ruling elites, that “you have failed Africa and the African people.”
The biggest mistake African leaders made at independence was to go to bed with colonial masters and get divorced with their citizens.
The leaders made the grave mistake to go on the unequally-yoked honeymoon immediately after the lowering of the Union Jack, the Tricolore and the Bandeira das Quinas.
Twenty-seven years later, Namibia is starting with land conference issues, when tensions are high and out of control. Twenty-three years later, South Africa is coming out with the rhetoric of radical economic transformation, when the country has already been devastated.
The leaders and governments actions seem to be like they forgot that scores of citizens died for this freedom.
There are people who sacrificed and died for Africa, but leaders failed to console our souls by being just.
Africa must stop being afraid, we were not afraid when we fought colonialism; why are we afraid to take the land back into the hands of the original owners?
Leaders also need to know and realize giving back land to wrong people (dislocating people from where they do not belong is colonizing the original owners of the land, and on this independence means nothing.
Namibia should rethink or start all over again, otherwise unity in diversity will change to diverse secession.
A time bomb is ticking in Namibia and South Africa, if no creative and innovative minds of leaders are applied.
Let me not wish, but if maximum knowledge is not used, Namibia will be divided with tribes seeking monotony if not federal system.
The idea of secession will not only be Caprivi but all parts.
As the status quo stands, South Namas, Central Basters, Majority Hereros, and others, will start demanding secession.
All these are going to happen because freedom fighters and independent ruling parties went to bed with colonial masters and thereafter they went on honeymoon leaving hectic issues unresolved.
South Africa violent as we know it, will not be spared either.
There is a great and urgent need for South African people to own pieces of land now and not tomorrow.
The minority white citizens must embrace the concept of unity and reconciliation by giving out the land to the majority blacks or share it for the sake of equality.
It must be the same with economic transformation. The white monopoly needs to be curbed and addressed sensitively but robust.
Government of Namibia must stop blaming citizens or tribes. It has itself to blame.
Twenty-seven years is far too long to have solved the issue of land.
South Africa must move fast to resolve the land and economic issues with speed as failing which citizens will copy the gospel that liberated Zimbabwean citizens.
In a nutshell all these events are teaching us as Africans to stand up and realize that it is time when we must start to believe in ourselves to man and build Africa from within.
African governments must stop restricting citizens, instead must facilitate and provide space for innovation and creative ideas from within.
Too much restrictions on citizens is giving colonial agents an upper hand to keep oppressing the continent through remote control.
In this era of information technology where social media is vibrant, do not be surprised to wake up one day and see Africans doing the inevitable at the same minute, same hour, same time across the continent.
The pains and challenges facing Africans in the North are same in the South; so are the same in the East and Western Africa.
Do not let secret mobilization to take place. Bring forth accommodative solutions; if you do not know, then you should invite critical thinkers to the table and seek harmony.
At the end of the day no African wants to kill another African