Malawi President Joyce Banda is really creating a distance between herself and Africa as she cozies up more and more to the West.
Now she has decided that the African Union meeting that was moved from Lilongwe to Ethiopia is too corrupt for her, so she will not be attending. The meeting was moved after she decided that Malawi would not host the summit because Sudan leader Omar Al-Bashir wanted by the kangaroo court that is the ICC would be there.
Since she came into power, Banda has been doing everything in her power to get the West to like her country again. Donor money has that effect on people.
In a news conference she said:
I respect the decision of the African Union to move the summit from Lilongwe to Addis Ababa but I am not attending the meeting.
The western news agencies of course have been gushing and falling all over each other to pat Banda on the back for her stance. Well, them and Botswana but noone really listens to them.
The ICC has called for the cutting of aid to countries that do not arrest Al-Bashir. This of course will set a worrying trend because it essentially becomes colonisation by the back door. The powers make demands and say if you do not do what we say, we will starve you to death. This then makes you wonder how much of the decision to not attend the AU meeting is hers.
We have already said that she risked alienating herself in Africa but by eliminating herself from the conversation that decides the future of the continent, she does her country no favours.
The thing that must be noted is that she is not making a moral decision though. She is making a decision because her Western backers have said that if she doesn’t then they will starve her.
As one journalist Nqaba Matshazi put it on his twitter account:
That’s it. This woman should take her country and mortgage it to Europe
She probably has already mortgaged it.