NewsReel 9/8/14 - Ebola The Perfect Instrument For Good Governance In African

[ Masterweb Reports: Sulay B. Conteh reports ] - When the international community passes a travel band on you because of an endemic disease like Ebola, then you will want to start to look from within for changes that can boost your standing amongst your own people. Outbreaks of endemic, epidemic or even pandemic diseases like Ebola are in fact not suppose to be if and only if a leadership cares even a little bit about the wellbeing of its own citizenry. It is now scientifically proven that there is a high probability that the outbreak of Ebola, per se, is not very much unrelated with war. Ebola started in Uganda along River Ebola after years of war in that region. It then spread over to Congo, Rwanda and Sudan, all of which countries have been or are still engaged in catastrophic wars. Neighboring countries like Kenya and Tanzania, which have relative peace and stability because of good governance, are yet to report a case of the Ebola Virus Disease. The Ebola Virus then jumped over scores of countries to only surface in Eastern Sierra Leone and Southern Liberia, the regions where the years of barbaric rebel wars started in the two countries.
So could Ebola be a variant of the Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) related to the extreme exhaustion due to war? If this could be proven to be the case, then there is the urgent need to seek redress of the causes of war. Of course in especially Africa, this could not be unrelated with unbearably long periods of bad governance. The case in Sierra Leone epitomizes how persistent bad governance can create the conditions for war and the outbreak of killer endemic diseases like Ebola. When you mention the word APC in Sierra Leone, then it is implicitly understood that you are associating like-minded people who are power-hungry and excessively use state resources, laws and power to enrich themselves at the expense of the masses. This is the party (APC) that has governed Sierra Leone for over 80 per cent of the period since independence from our British Colonial Bosses on April 27, 1961.
In developing countries and especially in Africa, politics is solely a game of exclusion and often time elimination. The dictatorial leaders, some of whom are brought to power under murky democratic elections like in Sierra Leone, rule by unscrupulously using the organs of power such as hostile laws, the police and the army to suppress and eliminate valiant opposition voices. The APC Party has repeatedly used this excessive power to keep itself in power from the time of its inception to now, to which Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh is living witness. Things climaxed in 1991 when the Sierra Leone public gauged that enough is enough and decided to rule their own fate by taking up arms against the then Momoh-led APC Government, to which Ambassador Ominy Golly is a living witness. Today again, the Koroma-led APC is fast setting the stage for a repeat of the 1991 rebellion.
However, things could be swiftly reversed if the International Community could strengthen the stance taken by the U.S. Government to band the leaders of developing countries with killer epidemic outbreaks like Ebola from all international travels. This is because it has been scientifically proven that over 90 per cent of all such killer diseases occur due to deplorable standard of living. Naturally, nobody wants to live in deplorable conditions. This implies that such inhuman conditions are only forced onto the people through long periods of persistent bad governance. Thus international travel bands s a result of the outbreak of disease epidemic are politically, socially and above all morally justifiable.
When the governments of epidemic disease countries are band from all international travels, then it will become imperative for them to put the people first and adopt sound people-oriented governance. To all such governments and people, international travel bands will be perceived as a strong disapproval of the rule and government by the international community. With this perception, all such leaders and governments are either compelled to invest into their respective countries or are brought down by internal/local resistance. Note that human resources is the most valuable resources of a country. A healthy country is a productive country because it is only a healthy country which can make full use of its human resources.
The people in the Third World deserve no less governance than he people in the First World. So we hope that the developed world in the West and East will use this instrument and all its variants to control the developing world in the South. May the whole world be free at long last from the shackles of dictatorship, misuse and abuse!
God Bless The World!
Sulay B. Conteh ( Email: ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Doctors treating Ebola patient
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