Civil society leader

Madi Jobarteh is a civil society leader, pan-Africanist and great thinker!

“The current crisis in Libya is not because Ghadaffi is not there as many experts attempt to argue erroneously. The root cause of the ongoing crisis is because Ghadaffi divided his society based on tribes and clans. He alienated them from each other so that everyone suspects everyone to enable him entrench himself. He devised an elaborate system of flamboyant reward and merciless punishment to put everyone in line. That mistrust, in addition to killing all national capacities accounts for the confusion in that country today. He closed all private media and silenced and marginalised all independent voices be they religious leaders or intellectuals or businesses or community leaders. Everything in Libya and life is explained in terms of Ghadaffi. There existed no independent institutions and processes outside of him. Key national institutions and processes and resources are in his hand or with his family and associates. His son Saif was a minister without portfolio. He controlled the multi billion dollar Libyan Investment Corporation which opens all sorts of businesses in Africa such as BSIC Bank and LAICO among others. His other brothers were the heads of the various branches of the military and intelligence. Such is the nature of dictatorship. That’s why when it fails, the society it leaves behind would be extremely lucky to stay in tact. So far only Burkina Faso has proved to be the exception in the world yet…. We are watching whether it will also collapse into chaos or be taken over by allies of the tyrant Campoare like Gen. Diendere tried to do. Today Egypt is suffering from that kind of scenario as Mubarak’s boys are in charge.”

Madi Jobarteh

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