It is clear that among the social groups that helped topple Bashir, there were organisations funded by the Western World. These are the fifth columnists of the West’s imperial project to strengthen its control over Africa. These groups must be the spearheads of ICC in the new government. Otherwise the desire to hand over Bashir to ICC defies imagination because his fate shows that Africans have capacity to hold their leaders to account without help from abroad.
The desire to seek salvation of the African peoples from the West is a deeply entrenched mentality among a section of African elites. It is based on the conviction that Africans are helpless victims of their rulers and their circumstances. Hence Africans cannot be active agents in their own liberation – whether political or economic. Rather they need the paternal hand of the West to save them from their predicament – whether to politically remove bad rulers or to improve their material conditions, hence foreign aid in form of money or military interventions.
A large section of African elites buy into this narrative because of brainwashing. Yet for over 70 years when nearly all of Africa was ruled by European powers not a single African country graduated from poverty. Indeed, in spite of all the failures of post independence Africa, opportunities to access public services such as education, health, electricity, clean water, roads etc. have been made available by governments in post independence Africa.
Secondly nearly all the African leaders who have been accused of the most venal practices were brought to power and sustained in power by Western powers to wit Mobutu Sese Seko of former Zaire, Idi Amin of Uganda, Siad Barre of Somalia, Samuel Doe of Liberia, Jean Bokasa of Central Africa Republic etc. How then does the same Western world claim to be the saviors of Africa from tyranny?
On the other hand some of the most promising leaders of Africa like Patrice Lumumba of Congo, Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Milton Obote of Uganda, Madibo Keita of Mali etc. were overthrown in military coups orchestrated by the governments of the Western world. So the historical evidence is clear: the West has been involved in our subjugation directly through colonialism or indirectly through their neocolonial agents.
Africans are not helpless victims of their rulers in need of foreign assistance. On the contrary, foreign assistance poses a significant risk to our future as we have witnessed most recently in Libya. Those who pretend to seek to liberate us have their own interests, which often are not for our own good. We need to be active agents in the struggles for our liberation, not passive spectators.