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Leaders of global moral should rescue Egypt.

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By: Sivuyile S. Sesi @756FreelanceWriting

 

This last Saturday while having my time relaxing as I usually do on weekends. I thought of my writings on Egypt. My thinking wondered around Ebrahim Rasool and Ebrahim Moosas suggestion that leaders of moral standing like Desmond Tutu can better help solve Egypt’s current situation. Then the Nelson Mandela facebook page posted this update “In every dispute you eventually reach a point where neither party is altogether right or altogether wrong when compromise is the only alternative for those who seriously want peace and stability.” ~ Nelson Mandela from a personal file, 16 January 2000″. Then I thought and realized I have found another good point to better my argument on this article. Even though Egypt is saying it doesn’t need South Africa’s (SA) “failed reconciliation process” but it saved our people from bloodshed and death and stabilized our country. It promoted and protected important human rights, maintained peace and democracy.

The IOL states “Egypt’s public prosecutor pressed new charges against Morsi of inciting violence in a move coinciding with a court ruling… that toppled military strong man Hosni Mubarak – arrested after his overthrow in 2011 – can no longer be held on a corruption charge. Morsi was already facing an investigation into accusations stemming from his escape from prison during the anti-Mubarak revolt. These include murder and conspiring with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. Almost 900 people, including more than 100 soldiers and police, have been killed since the authorities forcibly dispersed Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo. “

Starting from 2011 toppling of Mubarak, to a only one year democratic rule of Mohammed Morsi ousted on 3 June this year, and all around that a lot has happened in Egypt. It is real good that a Muslim and former premier of Western Cape now SA ambassador to the United States (US), Rasool proposing for the retired Anglican ArchBishop of Cape Town Emeritus Desmond Tutu, because of his role in SA, to believe that he is the right person that can handle the situation in Egypt to  bring about reconciliation for aim like in SA in that country. SA can provide help to Egypt by sharing its experiences and lessons of our own political transition, from apartheid rule to a democratic dispensation.

Rasool and Moosa, professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, who made the proposal in the Washington Post are right by saying that Tutu and other international figures with “moral authority” should intervene as soon as possible.

The Economist states that “Tutu has been garlanded with many laurels, including the Nobel Prize in 1984. Recently, early 2013 he had an honour which in cash terms is worth even more: the Templeton Prize, amounting to £1.1m, which recognizes people for “affirming life’s spiritual dimension”. As patron of many foundations and charities, he said he would accept the accolade “in a representative capacity”.  His past honours include the Gandhi Prize and America’s Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

He talks publicly of the protection of gay rights.

Leaders of moral must rescue people of Egypt to live in peace.  Like a book not outdated for it to be up to date its because it is taken from relevant body of knowledge and was discussed by the people and found to be talking to the people meant for. The discussions and conclusion made in it were made with that people in mind. So is the kind of democracy needed in Egypt and Africa to succeed and be prosperous it must channel what we are about for the better of our lives. Moral leaders can help us see through our desires and needs to the good of our society. Leaders like Oprah Winfrey who in SA is empowering girls and women through educational means, Kofi Annan, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Dalai Lama, Thabo Mbeki and the likes can lead Egyptian from their current situation to better country.

This is a global security issue; those who present the best interest of the people of Egypt must join heads together, solve their problems and help set good hope and role models for the continent. As Rasool and Moosa says Egypt needs help from people of moral standing and be “leaders from countries trusted by the Muslim Brotherhood, the military and secular and liberal groups” so that they can own up to
what that country turns to become.

The way Tutu and Nelson Mandela managed to grapple with South Africa to a democratic success it became its still commendable. They hold high moral to solve problems for of others. An African country needs them, to not become another war ridden or economically crippled nation.  We need leaders who want what’s best for our countries.

Egyptian people have went through so much, with bloodshed, death and questionable detaining of people. Already Morsi’s supporters are crying fouls for the ousting and imprisonment of their democratically elected leader and supporters. They are calling for his reinstating. The protesters believe that the Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who led the military overthrow of Morsi should be in jail. For that they are not afraid. Egypt needs its people living in peace, not bitterness and revenge. They need peace and reconciliation.

IOL states “Thousands were gathered at the biggest camp, near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in northeast Cairo. At entrances to the site, men with sticks shouted “God is greatest” to keep morale high.” “I have been here for 28 days and will stay until I die as the issue is now about religion, not politics. We want Islam, they want liberalism,” said protester Ahmed Ramadaan, who quit his job in a Red Sea tourist resort to join the camp.”

Egypt’s interim vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, a liberal and nobel peace prize laureate resigned on Wednesday right after the security forces forced to crush protesters camps supporting the Islamist president Mursi. Reuter states that in his resignation letter to Interim President Adly Mansour, the former U.N. nuclear agency chief said: “The beneficiaries of what happened today are those who call for violence, terrorism and the most extreme groups.”

The protesters camps are convinced that they are the democratic legitimate voice to rule Egypt and they not changing in calling for Morsi reinstating. For the state of emergency called for in Egypt the protesters voice has become even stronger.

IOL states “United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on Egyptian authorities to free Morsi, who faced mass street protests as he marked a first year in office on June 30, or at least ensure a transparent process. ” Ban also said “the political space for the Muslim Brotherhood should be expanded, because their political space has been very limited.”

The mediators must be able to listen to the moral of the majority, and fit in smaller groups, allowing free will for individuals.

Egypt Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said they. Were doing all they can to resolve the situation through dialogue.

The dialogue must not have premeditated ends. As the protesters are calling for reinstating of Morsi, the mediators must guide the process into the right or just results. Ideas that promote peace, humans rights, good governance, democracy, their constitution and reconciliation means must be tabled and debated, good decision taken must be implemented. They must find conducive ways for the country to move forward in progress.

The US also urged Egypt not to ban the Muslim Brotherhood. The US has been very patient with its aid assistance to Egypt. Barrack Obama as the first US black president, of the most powerful nation getting through well with this is very important in the history of white. He knows that, which is why he has been so patient with Egypt. If not carefully handled another African country and can be devastated, like Syria with war, Zimbabwe’s economy, etc. With his Kenyan identity leading Egypt to democracy and prosperity is his most desired goal. As Egypt’s historic extreme changing rulers events happened twice at his time his leadership may feel under a microscope. He is to prove the quality of his leadership as president of the most powerful nation. US says that more of its assistance to continue depends on the way the interim government is holding itself responsible, not to allow the bloodshed, death and violation of human rights. The US is keen not to judge them by what they say but more by what they do. US must play a role towards better condition of that country.

European Union foreign ministers are looking for ways to force Egypt’s army-backed government into seeking a peaceful compromise

African Union seems to have vanished and nowhere to be found to voice solutions for African problems.

The voices of the people of Egypt need to be allowed to determine way forward for their country. In a political development, the Nour Party said it can join the assembly in making a new constitution for the country, Nour is Egypt’s second largest Islamist party after Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

For the security officials should be careful on removing protesters. They say warnings would be issued and police would use water cannon and tear gas to disperse those who refused to budge. It’s said that Morsi’s defiant supporters have fortified the camps with sandbags and piles of rocks in anticipation of a crackdown.

To solve their economic situation is up to them. If they allow for each individual a right for a free will, for free choice to determine his personal and economic undertaking then the market will allow any person with hard work to be active. They should allow a free and open society in Egypt to for each person to find what suits him or her to provide for his life. No one’s human rights should be infringed. The economy will then be determined by activities that the people chose to pursue.

The protests are just and legitimate to voice their concerns as long as there is no bloodshed, peaceful and upholding their constitution. They are where they are now, debate for their democracy and
reconciliation must take place. The voice of the majority must be recognized by the people and mediators as the legitimate power to govern. If the Muslim brotherhood, protesters, army, the interim government, etc resists the resolution and agreements taken then that is violation and necessary steps should be taken. Egypt deserve a better tomorrow for that is in their situation they need leaders of good moral, who will listen to their good voice of need and to hold their hand to become one of Africa’s peaceful and prosperous democracy.

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Egypt my democratically organize itself for peace.

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By: Sivuyile S. Sesi

 

As Mohammed Morsi only served a single year as the new democratically elected president, the military coup did not work in solving Egypt’s problems rather it has deepened division. Peace is disturbed, there’s more bloodshed, and people are dying.

The interim government is finding it not easy in solving the complex current situation. For the military to consider the voices that called for the overthrowing of Morsi now its turning back. Its clear dealing
with politics in a democracy is complex and needs careful decision making.

Rather Morsi term should have been given time through rigorous engagement, and explored more means for him to account to finding better political solution as it is called for now.

That is why democracy is more considered to be better you cannot just decide to do anything you want on the system that deals with people and politics. You must examine the legitimacy of your decision when dealing matters that affect a large number of people. As it is a within system military coup, overthrowing a democratically elected government who also have large number of peoples support on its side, they took extreme action over simply thought decision. They seem had not considered vertical and horizontal accountability. For people to call up on the military to help them, the military should have used the support and trust of such people to keep democracy and to pressure Morsi to serve the people. Engagement is key in ensuring that in the process there is peace.

Millions of people toppled Morsi as means to solve what they found unsatisfactory, that more power is concentrated to the Muslim Brotherhood. Still more people are dying for protesting against the
formed interim government that was seen as being more legitimate than through constitutional and democratic engagement to find solutions. They couldn’t wait for democratic election for government change, now the situation is worse.

They decided to lift state of emergency called by international observers. The military coup didn’t work. Then now the voices calling for the reinstating of Morsi as a solution are bigger. Division is rife.

Egypt risk being like Syria, whereby more people will die because of arms and force deposit, which happens as more people get to understand the pain and suffering of the people they support in the situation. War can start anytime as protesters supporting Morsi also become more armed.

This is not new, basic human rights are at stake, people are dying, and a big war can explode. Peace keeping and making mediation is needed before the situation get out of hand with more illegitimate arms.

The international observers are already saying that protesters are also armed and are shooting each other with the army.

Reconciliation calls need balanced mediation. The voices of mediators, especially African Union (AU) needs stronger voice, because Egypt is unable to control itself. The state of emergency must lead towards more peaceful and democratic Egypt and Africa. Everyone agrees and is working towards that. AU must assert its legitimacy as a relevant body able to solve African problems.

Mediators must be considered in decision making as to how they are most helpful for human rights protection. Egypt is already familiar with them. They have seen how they can be helpful.

Egyptian people voices must decide on the help offered as it best suits them. The AU, United States, European Union and Arabs are there for them. No more human rights abuse and bloodshed. Democracy might have found not to suit their situation but it does provide for the will of the people, it deserves a chance. They must democratically organize themselves for peace.

South Africa for bigger markets in Europe.

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By: Sivuyile S. Sesi

 

As we are dealing with global economic openness to reach out we should be open to learning and new experiences. Because of dynamic engagement, from our still thriving democracy we have something to offer the world. Europe now is indicating need; we should see that as an opportunity for us to spread to their markets.

Nelson Mandela who has had hard life in the struggle against apartheid, when he became the first democratic president in 1994, he choose to set South Africa (SA) for positive future. As Thabo Mbeki
has noted early when he took office as the president, that he is unwilling to step on his ugly shoes, he did best of what he was capable of. He set our country for prosperous democracy. He ensured at his term there was no turning back but beautiful future. His care for business locally and internationally helped our economy to grow. With his policies and careful implementation helped make us use the attention the country was getting, filtering local economy worked, as the world was positive towards our promising democracy. His special attention on international relation had positive impact on our economy and it improved the lives of South Africans. We need to tap and build on that.

As Hilary Clinton said when she visited University of the Western Cape in 2012 “there cannot be a strong global network unless there are strong African partners. Now I’ve often heard it said that African problems need African solutions. Well, I’m here to say that some of our global problems need African solutions too.” Our nations in Africa do have the potential to be as efficient and effective partners and
leaders, South Africa is on the forefront. We are a democratic power with the opportunity to lead Africa and the world.

We have proved ourselves by playing a leading role on non-proliferation at the International Atomic Energy Agency and on climate change at the Durban conference. We’ve led on economic cooperation at the G-20. We’ve led on women’s participation in politics. We’ve had the first women as deputy president of the country under president Mbeki, now heading gender equality body United Nation (UN) Women. For the first time in history of African Union (AU) a South African woman, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the chair of  AU Commission, which for Mbeki if she didn’t decline she would have been the first deputy president of SA than Mlambo-Ngcuka.

With what we have we are a competition to the world. We have held world class sport events and won world cups. Our stories and cities have interested the world to make movies. Helen Zille was name the
world best mayor, Cape Town was awarded the world best design city, its rated as the worlds proffered tourist destination, Table Mountain as one of the world Nature Seven Wonders, etc.

We are a world stage, in entertainment; the 19 year old Justine Bieber had a big stunt show in Cape Town Stadium on the 8th of May this year. It compliments well our 19 years of democracy celebration since 1994 well.

This is good news for the people and democracy in SA, this continent, and the world; we should capitalize and make the most of it. The world already sees the potential and using it.

From us the world deserves good industrious leaders and public servant. SA can provide, we must organize human resources and position the right people and be role players in strengthening international economic system and institutions. The next best step forward for this country is to give ourselves good elections in 2014 and the world will gain even more confidence in us. We need leaders that will contribute to our international relations rather than contaminate it.

Leaders like Helen Zille, Trevor Manuel, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mamphele Ramphela in our country running for presidency will show how conscious and appreciative of how far we have come. Their skills, experience and reputation appeals well internationally as we are interdependent with other countries. With them we can have another African appointed as the United Nations Secretary General, and for
other international institutions to help make African agenda in the mainstream. It is up to us to have our people recognized and trusted. In their active lives these leaders have shown to be good in planning,
implementation and accountability. One of them must get the top position as president. They have been big role players for our democracy. With them our democracy will be convincing and giving good
hope to everyone including ordinary people. The world will be more willing to extend a good cooperation.

For SA to get out of its comfort zone and venture into bigger, free and open markets, will stretch our muscle and give us the experience we need to ease economic frustrations and dependency of African Countries. Its good means to build an economy that will absorb majority of ordinary people. Our banks, retail, cell phone networks, and other sectors are already going upper Africa.

Bigger as Brazil, Russia, India, China are than South Africa in the BRICS partnership, now we are working together as emerging economies. BRICS which is talking about forming a bank. That is another stepping stone to grow trade and investment, while gaining skills and experience in the process. We will be more powerful in international markets and systems. This bank will surely strengthen South Africa monetary power.

We have the potential, means and support system to break into European markets. Africa is on the rise. SA as leaders that’s an opportunity. For that we can play a good role in helping Europe in its economic crises. In the process be able help the continent to grow even faster to escape wide spread poverty to economic empowerment.  So let’s take advantage of it. With little we have let’s do something.

Politicians in Zimbabwe not helping.

Zanu PF is not helping the people, with their rationale they don’t
intend to, point taken. Robert Mugabe is not fit to be a president of
a country.

With more people turned away to vote, with all the tricks involved but
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to a large extent fails to
convince the people.

So as the elections are said to be unfair, with people restlessness,
the uncomfortability of election period especially the voting day as I
have observed and experienced as a voter and Independent Electoral
Commission Official in 2009, at the township of Crossroads, here in
South Africa, Zanu PF didn’t win and MDC lose because of that. People
need to believe in their party of choice beyond such. That is if they
know the importance of an X on the ballot paper.

For MDC to claim that the election were fraudulent, their case is on
stand your ground, as Zanu PF is known for abusing human rights and
undermining democracy. Otherwise his voters are few or they don’t have
strong drive for their democratic political right. Each party and
election commission is responsible for voters education.

Its up to each party to keep its constituents or the voters and the
people informed and ready for their party political undertakings. The
elections were peaceful so if this was the opportunity they were
looking for, they should have been positive, took the challenge and
came out in numbers. They can’t depend on opposing group to fool them
not to stand in lines for their vote.

Zanu PF and MDC had equal punch at it, a large number of people voted
and the stronger party at that condition won. The power of each
individual in that one moment at a time is choice.

Both parties are not at best interest of the people of Zimbabwe.
Better For Morgan Tsvangarai because for him to be a candidate for
presidency make sense than the forever to serve Zanu PF choice old
Mugabe. They changed their constitution in that still allow Mugabe to
be a president candidate and we can’t deny that a large number of
people in Zimbabwe still love him.

In fair comperison between the two leaders, Tsvangarai deserved to win
for the sake of also painting a convincing portrait to those from
outside who has means to make Zimbabwe democracy bear sweet fruits for
better life. They need to show that they serious about their
improvement. Zanu PF failed to lead people’s interests for their good.
Then rationale to support MDC as a major opposition party to change
that country’s situation make sense. MDC is more appealing to the
international community that wants to reach out and help supplement
the democracy of Zimbabwe and to keep those who believe in good
democracy not miserable as a result of bad choices made by others or
the majority that needs education on making a choice for the better.

Zimbabwe needs the right economy that will swallow and improve peoples
lives. The people needs help from it even Mugabe does admit it by
blaming Tony Blair and the Western world. Large number of people are
living their own country for countries like South Africa where there
is great inequalities between the rich and the poor and between black
and white people. In our countries they willing to work for less pay.

Zimbabwe needs to become a free and open society allowing people
determine their own will especially those who believe in free market
and free enterprise, as their people do in foreign countries including
here in South Africa.

Before sanctions Zanu PF had investment in other countries especially
in Europe and others may still do in other continents. Mugabe still
attend to international doctors for eyes check.

With direct investment Zimbabwe can go far in alleviating the poverty
in that country. If Mugabe government free the people for free self
will, wealthy nations can inject a lot for entrepreneurship projects
to start their own businesses and be leaders of their economy.
Politicians must not keep the people far from the direction the world
is taking.

For investment to go through politicians in government positions in
Africa that’s when the they start to think they can interfere in
economic activities of individuals and do their corruption.

People of Zimbabwe need a free and open society for free will, that
automatically create a free market. People of Zimbabwe needs economic
empowerment projects like entrepreneurship, etc the world must work
with people who are interested, somehow all the little steps help. But
Mugabe has proven to not be helpful so far.