the Gecaga-ism in YOU revealed by Obama’s visit


Jomo Gecaga scoring a lifetime achievement
Jomo Gecaga scoring a lifetime achievement. Photo from http://www.kenyan-post.com/

OF THE numerous photographs that did the rounds on WhatsApp, email, Twitter and Facebook from Obama’s visit to Kenya, the one that made me look up and take notice of our overall focus was one of a chap with his hand on the bonnet of “The Beast”.

(“The Beast” is the motor vehicle of the United States President, and you can google the rest because I don’t have time for it here.)

I sat up because the fellow in the photo was described as the Personal Assistant (or Private Secretary) to the President of the Republic of Kenya, and named as Jomo Gecaga.

The man appeared quite foolish in that photograph as a Secret Service fellow appeared to be stopping him from putting his hand on the vehicle.

That Gecaga fellow’s excitement at being near the car that conveys the President of the United States was a little understandable until I discovered that not only is he a nephew of Kenyatta, he IS Chief of Staff of the Kenyan President and attended some of the best schools in the world – including, according to the internet, Eton.

Gecaga and The Beast 2

THAT GUY was the one having his photo taken next to the car of the US President the way those kids in your village do when you drive your second hand four wheel drive car over there for Christmas?!

I was flummoxed, which sounds like the Sheng word for the kind of punishment one would mete out to a fellow caught in his situation according to that photograph.

Even a well-heeled chap like that one could lower himself to this and get told off by askaris? America is a superpower kweli!

And I couldn’t laugh at him properly myself because over the entire period almost right up to this point, I find that most of the material being shared with me by otherwise upstanding members of society is the WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook equivalent of copping a photograph with one’s hand on “The Beast”.

Check your phone and laptop – how many people sent you links to the terms of the pacts and bilateral agreements signed between Kenya and the United States during that visit? How many of your pals engaged in insightful analysis about how Uganda (or whatever other country you are in) could benefit from the presence of the United States President and right here – right next door where we go on bus rides to see rally cars, eat nyama choma and collect cars from the port to drive them back to Kampala?

Did any of your pals talk about the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, especially since Uganda was named yet again just TWO WEEKS AGO as the world’s most entrepreneurial country?

Did Ugandans set up Rolex stands from Jomo Kenyatta airport to trap all the Secret Service men and possibly even entice Obama? Did we do anything to stress to his entourage that the single entry visa that put them in Kenya could have elicited value for money if they hopped over to Uganda quickly for a day – perhaps even using the airport parking of British Airways, since those ones are not going to be around for a while anyway?

I didn’t even hear about any serious restaurants creating an #ObamaInKenya rolex and putting the menu online so they attract Google search hits to their websites.

Obviously I might be linked to the wrong social and business networks and should therefore seek to join those in which members were invited to or made their way to the Summit in Nairobi to mingle in with globally accomplished entrepreneurs from the United States and across this continent.

Do you know anyone who went to meet with the billionaires that accompanied Obama? Maybe one of them met ex-Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg (worth US$37.5billion), Businessman Aliko Dangote (worth US$17billion), and TV Sharks Daymond Garfield John (worth US$250million), Barbara Corcoran (worth US$80million), Mark Cuban (worth US$3billion)…the list is much longer!

Luckily for my self-esteem, none of the people I have been communicating with has sent me photos of personal achievements such as standing next to the Presidential Car or a Secret Service Guard.

But sadly, none has shared with me their prospects for increased business and entrepreneurship or even personal development pursuits with the United States. All I have received so far are Gecaga-istic exclamations around Obama and the paraphernalia around his office.

Let’s see if we do different when the Pope comes over…

how do you like your eggs – stupid or AGOA?


ON Monday morning most of the urban elite that crowd my visual space started their week off with the usual excitability around our national politics, while griping in passing about the rise in fuel prices and the strength of the United States dollar.
I picked up my copy of The New Vision with my mind on a story that I read a couple of weeks ago about a poultry incubator in Iganga that was lying idle and unused for inane reasons presented by adults of severely diminished intellect.
I gauged their intellect from the comments reported in that story – a cutout of which I have kept with me.
One farmer, for instance, said, “There is nothing we can do apart from abandoning it for now.” because the incubator, he said, could only work if it had 500 trays of eggs but “most birds that had been kept in the 23 chicken houses for purposes of supplying the hatchery, died…”
The “multi-million shilling” incubator was donated to the farmers in Iganga three years ago and has NEVER been used.
I went to google for the real cost of an Egg Incubator and found that a

Big Incubator
A Big Incubator – downloaded from some site Google sent me to

48-Egg incubator (forget that idea of 500 trays) costs between US$40-70!

And I even remembered something about poultry and incubators from my past – we used to MAKE OUR OWN INCUBATORS! They were fitted with lightbulbs and other ordinary things that were available even back in Obote II.Small Incubator
Can we get some youths to manufacture them so we address the unemployment issue, even as we convince Iganga farmers to use the bloody things?
I think so – but first, let’s run around politicking.
But then, on the day that story ran in the news and even the day after, there was not much of a hue and cry in my circles about how ridiculous this was.
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Jump to this Monday morning where, on Page Two of my newspaper, I found a small article stating that the United States President had signed the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) last week, renewing it for another ten (10) years!
The key changes to the Act are found here (http://agoa.info/images/documents/5659/agoa-extension-and-enhancement-act-of-2015-2.pdf), but the full text has not yet been released – not that any of you would read it if it were.
There is a long list of products – 6,000 in total – that countries in sub-Saharan Africa can send to the United States without quotas and tariff free under AGOA.
Uganda is one of 40 countries eligible for the AGOA benefits, and has been on the list from the start in October 2000. We even set up a factory and recruited people who actually made clothing (apparel) that made its way to the United States – and I saw some with my very own eyes in a store over there.
Today, though, as you drive past the Bugolobi factory where this project was established you will see samples of imported tiles positioned to indicate that they are being sold inside there somewhere.
Countries like Ghana get good mention as suppliers of apparel to the United States markets, while we don’t even make our yellow or blue campaign t-shirts here on the ground!
And the irony gets thicker when you consider that the United States dollar is now at its strongest worldwide, and we should therefore be doing our damnest to earn in THAT currency by exporting TO them.
But when did YOU last hear about AGOA, if you didn’t notice that little story on Page Two Monday? Have you seen any follow up story yet, or been invited by anyone hurriedly setting up a project to take advantage of the AGOA extension?
No?
More importantly, though, egg and chicken products form part of the AGOA list, ladies and gentlemen, so…
…should we go to Iganga and retrieve that incubator so we use it to produce eggs that can be exported tariff free to the United States in exchange for that very strong dollar?
It is important that you look at this table: http://agoa.info/profiles/uganda.html

John Oliver, come visit Uganda just to see Uganda – gays or no gays


John Oliver

This is John Oliver.

He’s a British comedian who’s emigrated to the United States in the last decade or so and was on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show where he did so well, especially when he hosted the show last year, that HBO offered him his own TV show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver starting April this year.

He’s breaking barriers there as well, but because we don’t get it on TV here you probably don’t know that unless you find snippets on the internet or download your own torrents.

Like Jon Stewart, Oliver is funny, liberal, witty and hard-hitting when it comes to stupid politicians and daft ideas, which is why both are pretty popular amongst people like me, and unpopular with the Tea Party Movement, the Republican Party and FoxTV, among others.

He is not yet unpopular with me, personally (I also follow his Bugle podcast with mirthful loyalty), but his stance on Uganda does not excite me at all. On his homosexuality show at the end of June he went straight for Uganda as most of these commentators do, without recognising that his own country (the US, in this case) is not yet as liberated as they wish to make themselves out to be, and in general is much worse than we are. 

“Since it passed the Ugandan legislature, the number of recorded acts of persecution (in Uganda) has increased between 750% and 1900% from previous years,” he said on the show.

Where is this statistic from?

Searching for where he could have possibly got it, I found a few others such as:

Frank Mugisha’s post on ‘HuffPost Gay Voices’ – presumably the Gay section of the Huffington Post – which quoted his organisation’s findings that stated that “162 cases of persecution” had been reported since the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. 

Mugisha’s post went on: “Nineteen cases were reported in 2012, and only eight in 2013. The 162 cases reported since Dec. 20, 2013, therefore represent an increase in persecution of up to 19 times compared with previous years, an increase that can only be laid at the door of the Anti-Homosexuality Act and the virulently homophobic atmosphere it has engendered in Uganda.”

THIS is where the 1900% comes from.

And, John Oliver continued in his report, “…people from the dark ages could build a time machine, travel to 2014 Uganda, step outside and go, ‘Ah shit! It didn’t work!'”

This guy is a comedian and very good at satire, so there will be no wasting time on his position except that it is odd that he went on to downplay the selection of Uganda’s Sam Kutesa to the United Nations General Assembly Presidency because of this anti-Homosexuality stand, and then said:

“The fact that in the 21st Century, 81 countries have laws outlawing homosexuality is incredibly depressing, although in a way it shows how lucky we are to live here (in the United States) because when it comes to advances in marriage equality: America did it!.”

Why is that odd?

Because earlier in the very same damn show he had told us that only 19 states (and the District of Columbia) had legalised same-sex marriage – 19 out of 51 states in the United States of America! Each of those states is considered to be a country, when it suits the person in charge of the argument.

But let’s also not go into the mathematics of whether the 31 states of the United States should be added to the 81 countries, or the percentage of the United States of America that is actually against Homosexuality or same-sex marriage.

 

(If you’re thinking “Aha!”, the pun is excused).

Judging from those statistics, the United States is basically as much in the dark ages as John Oliver claims Uganda is – worse if you count that they can be justifiably accused of engaging in more acts of persecution for reasons of race alone than we do in Uganda. It is likely that more people have been killed in the US for being black than the number killed in Uganda for being gay, if any…

I have a problem with the double standards people like John apply when talking about these issues in the US and then turning to countries like Uganda. The US has “just” woken up to this gay movement over the last ten or so years but expects us to roll along with them wholesale even before THEY are fully convinced.

But besides that, they are continually engaged in much more serious cases of discrimination and persecution, as evidenced in the reasons for the Ferguson riots and so many other cases besides that always end up in the silence that is created when the media agenda is under management.

And I have a bigger problem with all of us Ugandans who are simply sitting around ignoring the falsehoods being told about YOU and how much YOU hate or persecute gays. We have bigger issues to deal with in our day to day lives and we go about doing so; this anti-homosexuality thing was just thrown onto our plates by the gay lobby even though we have constantly been clear about where we stood on the matter.

We MUST NOT allow a new stereotype to be created about us by a group of selfish people who believe the world should be defined by their cause and nothing else.

The John Oliver’s of this world can go on talking about Uganda the way they do but after they have done so we need to quickly get over there and clear the air. Make comments at the end of their stories and their columns, and clarify the nonsense where it exists; and our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Information people should quickly get about ensuring that the world knows about Uganda for what we are, not for what the gay lobby wants the world to think we are like.

As some other bloggers have pointed out before, there is a section of the gay lobby that is using deceit and disinformation to rally negative energy against Uganda, but those ones will have their tactics bite them in the A** soon enough (not pleasurably). Still, they should not be ignored either but I will not be sharing their links here.

On the other hand, I was happy with one Pepe Julius Onziema (@Opimva on Twitter), a prominent Ugandan gay lobbyist who made me proud by appearing on John’s show that night and staying level-headed and to-the-point rather than hyping up the belief that gays are being killed in Uganda or that this is hell on earth.

And he side-stepped John’s question about living in Uganda by saying he would rather live here than anywhere else on earth even though he doesn’t feel totally safe because of his sexuality.

I am sure if we turned that question round and asked various people “of alternative race” they would say exactly the same about the United States of America that John Oliver and millions of others over the years have moved to over the years.

travel advisory: avoid visiting the United States


Initially, I refused to get interested in the shooting of the black (or African-American) youngster by a policeman in the United States last week or the resulting riots because we had enough going on over here to keep me occupied.

But as the days wore on I noticed hell break loose and saw scenes breaking out that were quite reminiscent of protests and riots in other parts of the world. And I just knew that there would be NO travel advisories warning against travel to the United States of America in light of civil unrest and fears of public safety having broken down.

There were going to be no calls for the United States government or State forces from acting with restraint, or threats of the government facing any action for attacking its own people…

Meanwhile, stories of the Ku Klux Klan getting involved in supporting the white police officer who shot the unarmed black boy, are getting limited air play yet it should be confusing to some of us that this group is even allowed to exist officially like this in the very same United States where some people are so vehemently vocal about Ugandans and the laws and morals that we choose for ourselves.

So as we were saying earlier, which country will be the first to issue a travel advisory against visiting the United States (US) following the civil unrest over there? Will it be an African country?

The official US site that deals with such matters, travel.state.gov, is quite honest about how they issue their advisories, saying:

“We issue a Travel Warning when we want you to consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Warning might include unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks. We want you to know the risks of traveling to these places and to strongly consider not going to them at all. Travel Warnings remain in place until the situation changes; some have been in effect for years.”

That does not, we should be clear, include sanctions against countries, but many of the travel warnings and advisories are issued against entire countries even when the incidents that trigger them are isolated to remote parts of the country in question.

Uganda is not listed for any advisory right now (yaaaaay!) so we should not be angry or upset.

But after reading the advisories that ARE listed there, no wonder Americans feel so entitled! Their government is actively monitoring the entire world and giving them tips to keep them from dying sooner than necessary or getting involved in a crime outside of their own borders; perhaps our governments should start doing the same forthwith, along the same vein.

As of today, there were thirty-nine countries on the list of US Travel warnings and advisories and the US was NOT one of them in spite of the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Next door Kenya is on the list: “The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Kenya. U.S. citizens in Kenya, and those considering travel to Kenya, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime Kenya Flagin some areas. Due to the terrorist attack on June 15 in Mpeketoni, in Lamu County…”

So no going to Nairobi or even Kisumu, because of the bombs that went off in Mombasa…

 

But in order of date of warning, let’s go through the rest, whether you are a US citizen or not:

Lebanon: because of “ongoing safety and security concerns” and “the potential for death or injury in Lebanon exists in particular because of the frequency of terrorist bombing attacks…”Lebanon Flag

”Although there is no evidence these attacks were directed specifically at U.S. citizens…there is a real possibility of ‘wrong place, wrong time’ harm to U.S. citizens…”

Mexico is luckier: “The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of travelling to certain places in Mexico…” followed by a state-by-state assessment of security conditions in each state of Mexico.

Of course, Mexico is next door to the U.S., so perhaps it’s easier for the State Department to do this assessment; or because there are so many Mexicans in the U.S. it makes more sense for them to be specific rather than warn Americans off the entire country.

Sierra Leone: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against non-essential travel…after review of health conditions and limited availability of medical evacuation options…”

This is because of Ebola and, quite frankly, I wouldn’t go there even as a Ugandan citizen.

Algeria: “The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Algeria…continuing threat posed by terrorism…and kidnappings.”

Unbelievably, Iraq has a travel warning against it issued in August 10, but then understandably this one replaces the last one that was issued on August 8, 2014…and they probably get one issued every other day: “Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation…U.S. citizens in Iraq remain at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence…”

Surprising? I think not.

Saudi Arabia: What? Yeah, “The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travelling to Saudi Arabia” apparently because of “an attack by members of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula on a border checkpoint along the Saudi-Yemeni border on July 4…”

You want to know how far the border point is from the capital of Saudi Arabia or how many other attacks have happened in Saudi Arabia to occasion this?

Don’t bother, as the very next paragraph states that, “The last major terrorist attack against foreign nationals occurred in 2007…”

Pakistan: Of course, “defer all non-essential travel”, followed by narratives that go back to early 2011 (I kid you not).

Nigeria somehow gets a serious warning only about some states: “The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because of the May 14, 2013 state of emergency proclamation for those three states by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria…”

The next statement makes me laugh: “The security situation in the country remains fluid and unpredictable…”

This is true of everything in Nigeria!

Boko Haram also gets a mention, as one would imagine, as well as “Violent crimes occur throughout the country. U.S. citizen visitors and residents have experienced armed muggings, assaults, burglaries, armed robberies, car-jackings, rapes, kidnappings, and extortion. Home invasions also remain a serious threat, with armed robbers accessing even guarded compounds by scaling perimeter walls, accessing waterfront compounds by boat, following residents or visitors, or subduing guards to gain entry to homes or apartments. Law enforcement authorities usually respond slowly or not at all and provide little or no investigative support to victims…”

It goes on right up to Ebola and I am a little surprised that there is no warning re: “Avoid responding to email messages from Nigerian princes or relatives of deceased senior officials of the Nigerian governments…”

Liberia: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Liberia…” over Ebola, of course.

Cameroon’s warning is worded in dodgy english: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high risk of travel to Cameroon…”, in short if they are not careful U.S. citizens might find themselves travelling to Cameroon…

The rest of it is kind to the West African country: “…U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the Far North region of the country because of “the continuing threat of kidnappings and other armed attacks” since Boko Haram is in operation there. (This is serious, since 21 expatriates have been kidnapped there since 2013 – most recently in May 16, 2014).

Ukraine: Yeah. If you’re not a Russian soldier, what more do you need to know?

Libya: Again – Really? This is unnecessary – it could have been replaced with, “Watch TV.” Yeah. “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately…” (sounds like the withdrawal of forces, but of course there are none in the North African country, right?)

“The security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and unstable. The Libyan government has not been able to adequately build its military and police forces and improve security following the 2011 revolution…” <—— see, it’s their fault, that Libyan government!

The other reason to stay away from Libya is in the statement “The newly elected Council of Representatives is scheduled to convene by August 4…” which reads so on August 21, showing how seriously the State Department is taking this Libyan issue…

Russian Federation: This warning does not say that you shouldn’t (you if you are a U.S. citizen) go to the Russian Federation, but is just an alert about tensions along the border with the Ukraine, in case you have not been paying attention these few months past.

Israel, The West Bank and Gaza: Again, let’s not dwell on the obvious. In Luganda, this entire warning would read, “Beera Mu Kilaasi.”

Yemen: “…high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest…”

Chad: “warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Chad and recommends citizens avoid travel to eastern Chad and all border regions.”

Then, leaving other foreigners to suffer, the State Department says, “The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid public gathering spaces and locations frequented by expatriates, including markets, restaurants, bars, and places of worship…”

kwegamba (i.e.) leave those other expatriates to their risky business of shopping, drinking, eating and praying but if you’re from the U.S. stay safe…

Honduras: “…the level of crime and violence in Honduras remains critically high.” since the country has the highest homicide rate in the world of 75.6 per 100,000 people. War doesn’t count, see?

Thailand: “The Department of State reminds U.S. citizens to be alert…” Thailand Flag

South Sudan: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Republic of South Sudan” because of the armed conflict there, as well as health care being limited and poor, the risk of violent crime, and so on and so forth.

This one is even boring to read – especially if you recall that the U.S. Department of State as recently as June was suggesting, through its African Bureau acting spokesperson Erin Rattazzi, that countries like Uganda should withdraw its troops from conflict resolution activities in South Sudan.

Djibouti is on the list for potential terrorist attacks; Venezuela for violent crimes and demonstrations even though, the advisory states, “Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Venezuela each year for study, tourism, business, and volunteer work…”; Iran, of course, is on the list but for the risk of one being detained on charges of espionage rather than the statement: “These guys really just hate us.”

North Korea also gets listed, surprisingly, rather than just have sanctions slapped against it, because of “arbitrary arrest and long-term detention”:

“North Korean authorities have arrested U.S. citizens who entered the DPRK legally on valid DPRK visas as well as U.S. citizens who accidentally crossed into DPRK territory…” 

As if the North Koreans don’t watch all those American movies with spy heroes crossing into other countries. Msssschewwww!

And, the advisory goes on to say, “The Government of North Korea has detained, arrested, and imposed heavy fines on persons who violated DPRK laws…” as opposed to just letting them be in peace.

Read on to laugh a little at this one: “If DPRK authorities permit you to keep your cell phone upon entry into the country, please keep in mind that you have no right to privacy in North Korea…” LOL

After recovering from rolling about laughing your ass off, and finished checking to see whether you have Edward Snowden’s number or twitter handle so you can share this tidbit, continue with, “…and should assume your communications are monitored.” 

Syria also gets proper mention and “No part of Syria should be considered safe…” from a long list of things; while Afghanistan presents a security threat of a “critical” level: “No province in Afghanistan should be considered immune from violence and banditry, and the strong possibility exists throughout the country for hostile acts…”

The list goes on to cover the Philippines, Central African Republic, El Salvador, the DRC, Colombia, Sudan, Burundi, Niger, Mali, Somalia, Haiti and Eritrea.

It’s enough to make you want to stay at home, if you’re a U.S. citizen, unless you’re African-American and facing a policeman.

The point, though, is easily summarised as: “If you’re American, avoid death at the hands of foreigners in their own countries…you have enough going on at home…especially if you’re black or African-American.”

seriously, what’s a coup d’etat


This is the track I was going along in a previous post when I digressed into the land of definitions and uncovered a massive scam surrounding… forget that.

What’s a coup d’etat?

A few weeks ago I found myself in yet another discussion over the woes of “Africa” with world citizens of non-African origin or residence. Why the wars, poverty, pestilence and general stupidity (not to be confused with General Mugabe), the fellows I had locked cerebral horns with asked.

For example, why has your President been in power for more than twenty years? WTF? Why are the roads not done up properly in Africa? Eh? Okay, in Uganda? Who is this Kony we hear about and why doesn’t your army just finish him? Why is the opposition not being allowed to operate? But first wait, your President has been in power twenty years?!!!

I was cornered.

“After the coup d’etat of 1985,” I began explaining…

“What’s a coup d’etat?” one chap interjected, face all afrown.

So I promptly kicked him out of the discussion, but as it was taking place in a public place that serves those who pay, I was as good as an international observer at Zimbabwe elections.

But the discussion ended anyway (as elections do in Zim, and the President goes on).

I simply refused to continue talking about serious issues in Uganda with fellows whose knowledge about our issues is overpowered and kicked into the corner of the room by their general ignorance of world affairs going back hundreds of years.

A coup d’etat, before we go further, is defined generally as “a sudden, violent and illegal seizure of power from a government.”

But even now you are not yet qualified to discuss governance in countries like Uganda, and whereas I am not going to advocate here the right of the stupid and inane to defend the indefensible, I still think it important for serious matters such as the present and future of an entire nation to be discussed only by those who have an understanding of its past.

The ignorant non-African residents of the public house in which I made the discovery that coup d’etats were not a global phenomenon in the 1970’s and 1980’s are not the only exemptees (not a real word, but feel free to add it) on my list from intelligent discussion of our issues. There are also a good number of Ugandans prominently placed on this list. Morons, mostly, who didn’t understand what the history teachers were talking about.

The point was not, ladies and gentlemen, to cram the entire list of factors that caused the collapse of the Zulu empire and be able to write down a narration of the process by which it happened within a three hour period in a poorly lit room guarded by an invigilator. The point was being able to study cause and effect, practice extrapolation and the composition of all the resulting thoughts into a decipherable format that in school was called an essay, in newspapers is called an article and in government is spread out and called a policy paper.

For example, Shaka Zulu rose through the ranks to become a great commander in Africa’s biggest empire of the time and spread the Zulu kingdom as far north as Tanzania. He developed devastating war tactics and even the most sophisticated weapons of the time, such as the Assegai and the Ikhlwa. His reign was fierce and encompassed the mfecane (the time of troubles), and he took battle and strife to lands far and wide. But his brutality and warring led to the many small groups he had alienated grouping up and his brothers joining up to rid the world of his manic self by stabbing him repeatedly to the death. (http://www.africabookcentre.com/acatalog/index.html?http%3A//www.africabookcentre.com/acatalog/Anglo_Zulu_War.html&CatalogBody)

Taking the above brief, one can create similarities between the greatness of Shaka Zulu’s empire and that of the United States, showing links between their sophisticated weapons of the time, and the mfecane in Iraq, Afghanistan and … well, anywhere there is war, and juxtaposing the final collapse of Shaka Zulu the man to the collapse of the United States economy to claim they were both results of the same factor – warring too much and spreading one’s influence far and wide will lead to collapse.

Don’t waste time punching holes in the above, this is just a blog being written because I am in a meeting.

One wouldn’t be too far off looking at Shaka Zulu to find a way of rationalising the United States of America right now. That’s what knowing history does for you.

So if you have no idea of what a coup d’etat is but want to express concern over the governance of a country that underwent about six of them in a span of 15 years, then give the history books a quick browse.

Or at least Google.