These words from the U.S business magnate Donald Trump has once again expressed his deep disgust for African leaders, calling for the continent as a whole to be recolonized.
“I think there is no shortcut to maturity and in my view, Africa should be recolonized for another 100 years because Africans are still under slavery.”
Addressing reporters in Nebraska last week, Donald Trump condemned African leaders for having insatiable desire for power and wealth, while their people are living like slaves.
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In responds to a question by from South African journalist on African countries considering mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Republican Presidential candidate said:
“It is shameful for African leaders to seek exit from ICC. In my view, these leaders want to have all the freedom to oppress their poor people without anyone asking them a question.
“I think there is no shortcut to maturity and in my view, Africa should be recolonized again for another 100 years because Africans are still under slavery, they know nothing about leadership and self governance.
“Look at how those African leaders change constitutions in their favour so that they can be life presidents. They are all greedy and do not care about the common people.
“When I saw them gang up against ICC yet they can’t even find an amicable solution for the ongoing quandary in Burundi, I thought to myself these people lack discipline and humane heart
“They can’t lead by example. The only thing they are interested in is accumulating wealth from poor tax payers.”
Trump has met with a lot of criticisms and so many of his political and business opponents believe he is not qualified to be America’s next President with such a ‘lashing tongue’.
But the Billionaire businessman doesn’t seem to care as he pushes forward to the White House with his “Make America Great Again” mantra. Trump is confident about his Presidential nomination and so far his winnings made him the last man standing at the Republican, against Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton.
Involvement of Africa with International Criminal Court ICC
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was set up in 2002 as the last resort to try war criminals and perpetrators of genocide never tried at home.
The African leaders, instigated particularly by Kenya, have accused the Court of unfairly targeting Africans for prosecution as the majority of its cases come from the continent, hence opt for African Union (AU) to exit from ICC.
Countries currently under ICC probes include: Kenya, Ivory Coast, Libya, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Uganda and Mali.
Chad’s President Idriss Deby, elected African Union chairman at a two-day summit, criticised the court for focusing its efforts on African leaders.
He was cited as saying,
“Elsewhere in the world, many things happen — many flagrant violations of human rights — but nobody cares,” Deby said at the close of the summit late Sunday, which had an official theme of protecting human rights.”