mardi 12 septembre 2017

Democratic Republic of the Congo: * "Métis Republic" *



Kikaya Bin Karubi, which fly stung him ?

         For those who, like me, have known him since he was a talented member of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (S.A.B.C.) microphone in Johannesburg, and have followed him closely in his various posts - ambassador, minister, private secretary of Joseph Kabila and henceforth his very close adviser on diplomatic matters - two words spoken in an interview at the "World" have the effect of a cold shower. The danger facing the Democratic Republic of the Congo, if the opposition prevailed, would thus be to become a "Métis Republic", a clear allusion to the phenotypical mixing of some of the leaders of the Anti-Kabila Rally: Moses Katumbi, Sindika Dokolo, Olivier Kamitatu, José Endundo ...
        
Our friend "Kiki", a distinguished Boston university graduate, father of a former 400-meter continental champion, a specialist in English literature and multicultural at heart, identity to his native Maniema to the point of becoming "racist," as the social networks now accuse? he came to Young Africa on September 5, 2017 to explain - and the remedy was worse than the evil. His excuses "to all those whom this little phrase has frustrated", broadcast on our site youngafrique.com, accompanied by ethno-sociological considerations and a "it was just a spicy little pike" have only revived the controversy to Internet users. Tweet from Kamitatu: "Just a platform for a racist who assumes. "
         For an opposition that, for a long time and part still today, did not deprive itself of surfing the xenophobic wave and of castigating "Kabila the Rwandan", the opportunity to offer a scalp was too beautiful. Especially since, all with his "spicy" salutation, Kikaya Bin Karubi did not realize that he was also shooting on his own side. Kengo wa Dondo, president of the Senate and second personage of the State, was born Léon Lubicz, son of Polish immigrant. And the first lady herself, Olive Lembe Kabila, is a quarteron.

Responsibility positions

         Still, if suggesting that a Métis clan is about to preempt the DR Congo is at least a reprehensible slippage, to note the overrepresentation of Métis personalities at the head of the Rally of the opposition is obvious. An obvious (and a taboo) quite explainable besides.
        
Forming a readily elite community, if not elitist, "educated", as it was called at the time, globalized and with a strong tendency to lived between oneself, for a long time confined to business, the "Creoles" of the Congo, like those of Central Africa, naturally occupy positions of responsibility when they engage in politics. In a country such as Angola, where the mestiços have made the opposite path - to the political leadership at the head of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.) before independence, become symbols of the petro-tropical oligarchy - rejection reactions. Mid-real, half-fantasized, this caesura has always been the business of Jonas Savimbi and U.N.I.T.A..

Being a Métis is as much (if not more) a handicap than an asset.

        
Africa is not a world of Bisounours. Relations between races, ethnic groups and communities are often harsh, even if it is not appropriate to say so. Karim Wade knows, Moses Katumbi also: being a half-breed is as much (if not more) a handicap than an asset when you are seeking the supreme magistracy. Only so far, Ghanaian Jerry Rawlings and Botswana's Ian Khama have succeeded.
Not white enough, not black enough.
        
Envied, often jealous when they succeed, victims of ambiguous clichés (frivolous women, superiority complex, "off-shore" mentality), the mestizos of Africa are far from all privileged. It is enough to make a tour in the suburbs "colored" of Johannesburg or the Cape to realize it. Not enough white under apartheid, not black enough under the ANC, the 5 million South African half-breeds - 9% of the population - hardly lived their marginalization in ghettos plagued by gangs and drug trafficking. And they do not deprive themselves of saying it.

The DR Congo does not need polemics as polluting as that.

         Is Kikaya Bin Karubi "racist"? No. (Very) awkward, inopportune? Certainly. All those opponents who denounce the Republic of the Katangese, the Republic of the Dioulas, the Republic of the Betis, the Peul peril, the Kikuyu power, Zaghawa dictatorship "or the Zulu's control over the A.N.C.. Above all, the D.R. Congo does not need polemics as polluting as this one.
        
For, as everyone knows, his real problems are elsewhere. If Joseph Kabila repeats to some of the few confidants that he will never leave power in the hands of Moses Katumbi is not because the latter was born of a Congolese mother and a Greek father. It was because he believed that he had betrayed him and that, consequently, if he had acceded to the presidency, he would pursue him from his vengeance to the bottom of his Kingakati farm.
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 *Article by François Soudan, editor of Jeune Afrique, published on September 11, 2017.

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