France, La Francophonie, French and African dictators
From the 17 to 19 of October 2008, leaders of countries with French as a common language met in Quebec, Canada as part was what was known as the 12 summit of La Francophonie. Its Secretary General and long-time ex president of
But within most of Francophone Africa, many people have a very negative impression of French, France and La Francophonie. “It would appear all trouble and suffering in Africa is mostly in Francophone Africa” says Matia K, a Ugandan student in
French is the second language spoken world wide after English but this has not deterred some countries and people from relegating the language to the background. On October 28, The Washington Post wrote “In another blow to the language of love, the Rwandan government has decided to change instruction in schools from French to English”. This was just a confirmation of what some people had been suspecting.
Though the rough diplomatic relations between
In most of French colonies or Trust Territories like Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, Congo etc the economic exploitation, human right abuses, political victimisation by its neo-colonial regimes and the domination by the aristocratic class, etc, is said to be under the indirect influence of France. Dieudonne Kibungi, a Burundian refugee in
The longest serving dictators are all products of French system of governance.
The adopting of English by
So many African seems to have supported this move by
Barrister Leonard Bekong, a Legal expert in
Ben Bezejou, a University professor in the
However, as of now, only 5 percent of Rwandans speak English and it will therefore be an uphill task, to effectively change the official language.
In several francophone countries, the degree of human abuses is just unimaginable. The case of
The reclassification of French as secondary language may also fall under the framework of the RUPTURE with African countries, announced by French President, Nicholas Sakorzy, when he took office in 2006.
If this rupture could then leave from language to lessen the implication of
La Francophonie has on several occasions validated brutality and fraud. During the 2004 elections in
In Mutengene La Francophonie monitors drove passed disenfranchised voters who were protesting as “unqualified” people voted several times. They drove passed, but were quick enough to conclude that the elections were totally free.
The abandonment of French as an official language could be extended to the neo-colonial economic, political and human right policies of
The adoption of national indigenous languages by African countries will also be a sign of more emancipation.