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Thursday, 30 April 2009

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Metuge Ekane, Stockholm

Aloysius Agendia,
first of all i would like to draw your attention to the very striking similarity of this article to a contribution that i made to the post, and which i still have in my blog! You might just have tapped your inspiration from there, except for the fact that this article of yours is marred by a mass of superfluous detail and disturbing inconsistency. (For those who know the address to my blog, the said contribution is located on the 4th page, and it is titled; responding to your article).

Patriotism as confusingly propounded by you is far from being a contrasting system of government to democracy. Therefore, it is spuriously absurd for you to suggest that patriotism and democracy are mutually exclusive, and that one has to exist at the very expense of the other. I find your argument completely flawed, because patriotism simply means love, and pride for your country. Hence, patriotism is the lifeblood necessary for all regimes to fluorish, regardless of whether it is a democratic, a socialist, or even a tyrannical regime.

Moreover, you don't seem to be conversant with the slight variation between the words dictatorship, and tyranny, as typified by the manner in which you use both words interchangeably. You state clearly that ruthless dictatorship is not the answer, only to futher downright declare that even tyrants are capable of administering educational, and economic reform(provided they have the love for their country)!
Don't you realise how contradictory you premise your argument? Are such tyrants not patriots then?

It is easy to understand why many scholars get stunned by your abject inconsistency, and i really wonder if you can obtain any kind of credibility when you write in this typically haphazard and rather unconvincing manner.

If you say that good dictators are not recommended in Africa for fear of sanctions, then i figure that you are not abrest of the herculian impediments that pose a tremendous challenge in ruling a continent as vastly diverse as Africa.

Perhaps i ought to remind you of the term elective dictatorship, and its ubiquity throughout Africa. No matter how questionable this concept may be, atleast we need to give some credit to some of those good-willed dictators. Many of whom despite everything, have managed to mastermind some form of legitimacy to propagate the image of their various countries as places where there's atleast some fundamental recipes for progress, namely; noticeable tolerance, some peace and stability.

Since our realities and values differ profusely from those of western countries, i am a staunch anti-democracy advocate in Africa. I wonder why Africans are so foolishly struggling to emulate a principle that is alien and inconsiderate to the continent's socio-political realities. Like you, i think democracy can never be functional in Africa. Frankly, the concept has never found its way in the continent, because it has never been equitable.

Instead of providing freedom and equality for all in Africa, democracy has become a leitmotif of a self-serving guild of kleptomaniac politicians and their hoodlum followers. Therefore, democracy becomes irrelevant in the face of such untold partiality.

Nonetheless, patriotism is not a valid choice, as a matter of fact, it is not even a model of government. Furthermore, one wonders what the relevance is of traditional notions of patriotism, when people cannot feed themselves. How can the dichotomy between the spirit of national sacrifice, and survival contribute to our understanding of sustainable governance in Africa?

Africans must devise their own system of government that will cater for our extensive diversity, and we'll need to be exceedingly patriotic in our pursuit to defend the model. Something that approximates a benevolent socialist dictatorship will be a rewarding answer for the robust challenge that governing Africa entails.


Agendia Aloysius

This is the first negative comment i am getting ever since i posted this article on the WWW. Not initially in this blog. And the accusation is the worst; plagiarism.

Well, Mr Metuge, i dont really love to get to squabbles with people as it always the case in the fora wth our people and of The Post. You will even realise that people have transformed my first article on this blog to squabbling on issues not even relevant to the article or our progress.

Please read my article well. It did talk of good dictators. I do not even know your blog. I posted this in my blog (http://agendiaaloysius.blogspot.com/2009/04/africa-needs-more-of-patriotism-not_4054.html)a long time ago and the comments are there. I also posted in cameroon politics forum which received and impresive number of follow up comments.

Again, i do not want to go into any wranglings with you pleasssssssssssssssssssssssse.

You have have to rethink or reveiw your statements after careful reading and reflection.
since u are in sweden giveme your number i will call you.mine is 0735817523
thanks
AGENDIA

Agendia Aloysius

Mr Metuge i just searched the web and have not seen the article u are talking about. Give us the link to your blog if you want.

I saw your comment underneath an article posted on April 12, wonder if that is the one. But dont, still understand why i could get inspiration from an article written on April 12 when mine was posted online on April one and written about a week before that even.

I hardly ever get inspiration from reading other people work as you say. I may get more knowledge though. I get more inspiration from brainstorming , questioning the happenings around me, even in my dreams. I may just look at what people have written to support my arguments.

Metuge Ekane, Stockholm

The first negative comment on this article, you say! Well, i am not surprised that no one bothered to read it properly thanks to its obvious superfluity.

You see, Africa is jammed with all these phoney prophets who chant loud but always fall short on prescribing a bountiful remedy for the continent. Your stance is neither the first that i have scrutinized, nor shall it be the last. My main trouble with you is simply your troubling inconsistent style.

How do you expect me to review my statements when you don't seem to realise that patriotism is simply a necessary tool for all the variations of government systems. Moreover, relegating the endeavours of benevolent dictators simply cannot invigorate your opinion with respect to your option about addressing the intricacies connected with governing Africa.

Nevertheless, we both express anathema towards democracy in Africa, and this is precisely where i find your stance strikingly similar to mine. Did anyone accuse you of plagiarism? The answer is an emphatic no. Read between the lines.

Nonetheless, if you did stumble across the stuff i wrote some time ago, it would be encouraging to acknowledge that. How can you possibly say that you hardly ever get inspired by reading the works of others when your article is definitely guilty of employing the views of people like Thabo Mbeki, and John F. Kennedy for instance?

There's really no need to reflect any further on your article. You must know that Africa is far from deficient of the spirit of sacrifice. Rather, the spirit of emancipation is what Africa is in dire need of.

Angelo

Mr Metuge,your name reminds me of one good senior freind and mentor (late Pa Metuge of CDC). One simple question before I get to your article. What is wrong in drawing inspiration from another man's work? If I were you, I will feel more fulfilled that I have been able to inspired atleast one soul. You could have had a case had it been you said he plagiarised your work.I have done my own bit of the asignment by trying to search your blog to no avail. Can you give this forum the address? Agendia is not far from the truth, most African countries have all they need to foster development without Foreign aids be they financial, physical, marterial or human resouces but unfortunately there is still colonialism, divide and conquer, exploitation tenet by the western world sailing in the continent. The case in Cameroon is deplorable.Go to Limbe today, you won't have fish all because Chinese Strawlers have taken over the sea.The Local comunity, the government and the business people are at each others throat.
The few Cameroonians who have dared to cry foul to this malpractices have paid the price.I happened to have interacted with Cameroonians from all works of life. There are few who do the things they do for the love of it. They just want to follow the flow of things. People are abroad today not out of choice but due to the difficult terrain back home. Peolple embezzle not because they want but most often because the have to pay their quota to those who placed them wherever they are. I have seen Commisioners travel to Yaounde every month to pay they allegience to their Godfathers, Finance controller have to pay dues to their bosses etc.
peolple act with impunity just to safe faces which is very unpartriotic.

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