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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.