Hong Kong, Oct. 20 – The death of disposed ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi Thursday in his home town of Sirte heated up reactions among African netzens across various social networking channels.
Netzens on Facebook, Twitters and other social networking sites shared a timeline of events as they unfolded out of Libya.
The netzens exchanged links, tweets and posts starting from reports of Gaddafi’s attempted escape, his wounded legs, his reported capture and subsequent confirmation that he had been killed while trying to flee from Sirte where he had been hiding since the start of a people-driven revolt against his rule.
Brian Mwale, Head of Business News at Zambia’s Muvi Television said from Brussels, “I think it has sent signals to leaders like [Robert] Mugabe [Zimbabwe] who want to cling on to power for life. It has shown that Africans will stop at nothing in bringing change in the political landscape, Zambians just showed that in the recent presidential elections were people started demonstrating and were ready to pay with their blood had results come out otherwise”
“You may also add that 20 African and East Europe journalists gathered in Brussels for DW training under East4South project are happy with Gaddafi’s death because the violence has claimed a lot of lives in that country and affected economic growth,” said Mwale.
Kagiso Madibana, a Master of Journalism candidate at the Cardiff University from Botswana in southern Africa shared her thoughts on Gaddafi’s death moments after his death broke.
“Considering the fact that Botswana broke ranks with the African Union over the legitimacy of the NTC as Libya’s interim government, the death of Gaddafi will not be much of a loss. The government of Botswana likes to pride itself with democracy and standing up for its principles not matter what the consequences are. Botswana was also amongst the first to break diplomatic ranks with Libya after Gaddafi declared war on his own people. Other countries like South Africa and the rest of the AU member countries will of course have differing opinions. They will stick with their cautionary tales about the role played by the west in the Libya drama. They will hail Gaddafi as a hero and a victim, while other countries will acknowledge him as a hero turned villain. For the people of Libya however, his death as tragic as it sounds might be a welcome event.”
Coco Mhofo from Harare in Zimbabwe did not make reference to what Gaddafi’s death might have on Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe but said, “This promises to be a bad year for African dictators. He will be remembered for fighting to be head of United States of Africa yet he had blood in his hands. That explains why he was so paranoid.”
A Zambian expatriate working for an international humanitarian agency in West Africa said the death of Gaddafi offers lot of lessons for Africans leaders that hold on to power even when their people oppose them.
The expatriate who asked not to be named said, “’Gaddafi’s unwavering grip on power which led to his demise symbolizes the power of the people and should be a wakeup call for leaders that out leave their welcome. For me, the Arab uprising has actually been a real awakening for most of our leaders who choose to abuse the instruments of power. The lesson is clear for them to learn. We are lucky that Zambia has broken the trend of leaders wanting to leave power only by the bullet and not through the ballot. Africa should now turn this ugly page and move towards a peaceful and balanced relationship between the leaders and the led.”
Treasure Kauzuu, a TV Journalist in Namibia said, “I think it’s biased. All the media reports are agenda setting, as was with Osama [bin Laden] yet again we are not shown picture evidence that he is indeed dead. Nothing! In my view the way the West is reporting and has reported on the Libya issue has certain agendas. The truth is not reported. The world is left wondering….there is no credibility in the reports, it disgusts me really. I’m sorry but I cannot be objective on this issue because ever since it started there has been a lot of biased reporting.”
Zambian broadcast journalist, Danstan Kaunda expressed regret at the death of the embattled ex-Libyan leader.
Kaunda said, “The killing of Gaddafi’s is sad! Losing of any human being is depressing! Whether rich or poor man! I only hope that peace will now return to that country.”
Christine Ngwisha said from Tanzania, “When people are enlightened knowing you are not offering the best then they are bound to revolt…its pure social media tools at work.”
Chimwemwe Roderick Gondwe posted on his Facebook wall, “Gaddafi’s mistake was denial of any opposition against his rule. He said “my people love me. They love Gaddafi. Those people protesting are Al-Qaeda and kids on drugs” If only he listened like Mubarak did, he would still be alive. Now that is where Mugabe outsmarts them all.”
From Kenya in East Africa, Claire Mitchell said, “First I can say great victory for Libyan people! The only thing is if he’s dead then no justice for all the inhumanity things he committed. That man has invested in Africa more than any other leader in the recent history of Africa’s coming into political independence.”
Asha-daan Nelson from Ghana said, “Sad though but I think he had all the opportunity to exit peaceful and leave Libya knitted together, rather Qathafi chose the path of chaos knowing well it was a ‘to lose battle for him’ ”
Malawi journalist, Sam Banda Junior said Africa had lost a figure despite the wrong that the disposed former Libyan leader did.
“I remember him when he came to Malawi some years back during the era of Bakili Muluzi and to date there is a hospital which was supposed to be built in his name but the project is now grounded. He was a great leader who wanted Africa to stand on its own. Of course he had his shortfalls but Africa in him has lost a key figure,” said Banda.
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