Dubious remedies will not decolonise Africa

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Dubious remedies will not decolonise Africa

So-called African solutions that are often uncritically accepted as ‘good’ do nothing for the continent

Columnist

Many African governments, leaders and intellectuals’ misguided approaches to seek quick fixes to deal with intractable problems have undermined development, good health and peace since the end of colonialism.

They now undermine the fight against Covid-19 in Africa. The pandemic has reached more than 100,000 confirmed cases on the continent, with more than 3,100 confirmed deaths. While reporting statistics in Africa are often unreliable, it nevertheless appears Covid-19 is rising slower here than elsewhere, taking 52 days to reach 10,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases. It also took 11 days to increase from 30,000 to 50,000 cases, according to the World Health Organisation.

Some African leaders and intellectuals say Covid-19 is a Western or Chinese conspiracy, aimed to entrench their pharmaceutical or imperial interests in Africa...

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