jeudi 15 décembre 2011

Open Letter to His Excellency the President of Botswana, Seretse Ian Khama.

 Dumelala, Mr. President.

        
You are now the first president of an English speaking country to whom I address. No, because I do not want to speak  to Africans  English speakers, but because I fear not to make myself understood. My fear lies in the poor control of the subtleties of the English language.
        
I hope that you will deign to read my letter even if some phrases "Francophone" you seem to have mistranslated my thoughts. For cons I have an asset that allows me to speak without complex: we are born the same year even though it was under different latitudes. We are both born under the settlement, we grew up in the era of independence and it is on our shoulders rests the weight of the transformation of Africa, a continent without complex.

Excellency, Mr. President,

        
Son of Sir Seretse Khama, KBE, father of Botswana's independence and Lady Ruth Williams, mother of the nation, your destiny was already out of the ordinary.
         When I see the documentary film of the decolonization of Botswana or when reading the book by Michael Dutfield "A Marriage of Inconvenience" that trace the adventures overcome by your parents to love, marry and give birth to you, I say that you were designed more than anyone of your compatriots to lead Botswana.
         Not only your father has made Botswana a democracy based on love, but love could produce a man like you. Moreover, the fate of your parents should be studied in every school to serve African-example against those who preach xenophobia, racism and exclusion in Africa.

Excellency,

        
If I decided to write to you, it's not for you to compliment or to interfere in politics or the history of Botswana.
        
That's one of your qualities that is increasingly rare among African leaders: the courage to tell the truth to your peers in Africa. The last leader to do so was Thomas Sankara and everyone knows the price he paid.
        
At the annual meeting of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in New York, you have openly accused the African leaders who refuse to cooperate with international justice to put our continent "the wrong side of history." And you're right.
        
Especially you have criticized the decision of the African Union (AU) for objecting to international arrest warrants issued against the former dictator Gaddafi Mo'ammar and other heads of state as follows          "This decision is a serious setback in the battle against impunity in Africa and sabotages efforts to oppose the war crimes committed by some of the continent. Such an attitude is a betrayal of the innocent victims of such crimes. I note with regret that at a recent summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2011, the African Union has formally decided not to cooperate with the ICC about the indictment and arrest warrants against some leaders. I am aware of the perception that the ICC is unfairly targeting African countries. The reality is that terrible abuses of human rights and other serious crimes that deserve the attention of the ICC and continue to be committed in Africa. And in most situations, it is the Africans themselves who request the intervention of the ICC. " you said.
        
Indeed 33 of 120 member countries of the ICC are africans. Before signing the founding charter of the UN agency, the heads of state have done in all sovereignty and should apply it without complaining.
         Is this not out of disrespect for justice for the lives of their compatriots that Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Taylor, Jean-Pierre Bemba are incarcerated in The Hague? As for Mo'ammar Gaddafi is to avoid the humiliation inflicted by the international arrest warrant that he preferred being lynched to death.
        
Until when do you think the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will he defy the international community and thus evade international justice?

Excellency, Mr. President,

        
In my humble opinion, you're the only one who dared tell the truth to your peers on the African non-compliance of the International Court. Such a sense of justice and honor you all Africans like me who dream of an Africa-led dignity of men and women of integrity, guided by justice, fairness and sense of honor.
        
You will agree that we can not talk about democracy, national reconciliation without justice for all and we should never come to power, if it is ultimately a prisoner nor his country nor abroad.
        
Finally, I know that Botswana is not immune to the economic problems facing the world. World's largest producer of diamonds, you will manage to overcome this crisis with good management and good governance.
        
But what I want at the highest point, that the brightness of your democracy looks like your best diamond and become the model for all African democracies.
        
On this last wish for your country that I would wish you to you and to all who are dear to you, a good Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012.

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