BY HASSAN AMINA VIA THE UAH FACEBOOK PAGE
The answer to `why Africans are leaving their countries` is not supposed to be general in terms of outlining benefits of migration. I look at it differently. I think the focus should not be on seeking opportunities to export our people to countries where they suffer racist humiliation and all forms of discrimination. The debate is supposed to be about how we fix our countries especially those trends that compel our people (brothers and sisters) to leave. While those with sought after skills may be leaving happily, other Africans (the so called ordinary) aren`t that happy to leave their countries.
So, while i understand the argument behind the right of migrants to seek better opportunities abroad, dedicating so much energy on `creating and securing migrant corridors` to Europe and USA as some of you are suggesting our leaders do is misusing an opportunity to critically reflect on the implications of the current wave of migration and roles of various actors behind it and in fixing it. Such reflections are supposed to be at the center of the current migration debate.There are so many intelligent Ugandans being wasted abroad yet this shouldn’t be the case. For example, Why do we have a man such as the founder of UAH, Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba, in the UK doing byeyo instead of being a Member of Parliament here.
It is even worse when it comes to xenophobia which essentially represents a regression as far as African identity and the larger Pan-African dream is concerned. In 1970s, such dedicated Africans as the late Idi Amin were committed to liberating other African countries at a time when Africa was so `poor` than it is today. So, why are Africans expelling and killing each other today, decades after adopting neo-liberal policies and recording improvements in GDP etc? Isn`t Africa better today than it was then? In less than a decade, we have gone from having Thabo Mbeki (with his African Renaissance dream) to Jacob Zuma (who believes that Africans should stay in their countries). Another typical example of regression.
I think i am angry. Very angry.