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POLITICAL MURDER & ASSASSINATION IN AFRICA
LEVEL OF ANAYSIS VITAL TO ADDRESSING PROBLEM

As a method political repression, assassination of community leaders is the most devastating way of undermining order and social coherence. Moreover, the assassinations that are particularly brutal carry an added dimension of terror that is aimed at detroying the will of political and social movements.

Most assassinations in Africa follow a campaign of disinformation about the intended victim, and often after the victim is dead, a smear campaign follows to destroy the memory of the victim. In the vast majority of cases in Africa, the victims are killed on direct orders of the highest ranking state authorities. The authorities may also be leaders of states other than the victims home state.

Clearly, assassination provides the most difficult challenge in African politics. The language of analysis around the subject remains rudimentary and underdeveloped. Yet the consequences and implications of killing a key personality can be drastic and usually precipitate a massive political fallout, that creates a fundamentally altered political landscape. New forces emerge that are usually unanticipated, and which in their turn generate new imperatives.

Most assassinations in Africa remain private tragedies as the victims are usually isolated socially before they are murdered. Sometimes assassinations succeed in killing political or social movements. However, in a few cases the assassination of a leader produces unintended consequences that have a lasting impact. The death of Chris Hani in fact achieved what his assassin aimed to prevent. It triggered the hasty capitulation of the apartheid regime.

The assassination of African leaders in recent times is a result of the failure of African institutions for conflict resolution. Africa is at the mercy of neocolonialism...and so are most of the leaders in Africa.

Although assassination is not new in African history, the fundamentally altered context in which it takes place creates unprecedented results. Moreover, the lack of adequate judicial or community processes with which to address assassination is a major concern for Pan-African policy-makers. In the final analysis, the resolution of concerns undergirding the social and political failure in African communities should reduce drastically the acts of assassinationa and their consequences.

No one in Africa can succeed when the root of our problems is not being addressed. At the root of the violence and failure of governance is the curse of residual colonialism.

Therefore it is self-defeating to shoot each other or those among us we see as more guilty without the benefit of due process. In the final analysis victims of assassination are victims of a desparate response to strains on community order. The solution to this devastating problem is to build conflict resolution mechanisms and to work at reducing the incivility in African political conflict, as the means to resolve our concerns. Assassination is not a solution to our problems...nor is genocide, torture, or lies.


Assassinated African Leaders & Date of Assassination:

Amon Bazira - August 1993
Steve Biko - September 1977
Chris Hani - 12 April 1993
Laurent Kabila
Andrew Kayira - March 1987
J.M. Kariuki- March 1975
Martin Luther King Jr. -
Patrice Lumumba - 1961
Tom Mboya - 5 July 1969
Dr. Felix Moumie - Zurich, 1960
Mohammad Murtala - 13 February 1976
Sylvanus Olympio - May 1963
Robert Ouko - February 1990
Thomas Sankara - 15 October 1987
Anwar Sadat - October 6, 1981
Ken Saro Wiwa
Walter Rodney
Malcolm X -1965



    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

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