Join Friends of Pambazuka

Subscribe for Free!



Donate to Pambazuka News!

Follow Us

delicious bookmarks facebook twitter

Pambazuka News Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa.

Latest titles from Pambazuka Press

African Sexualities

Earth Grab A Reader
Sylvia Tamale
A groundbreaking book, accessible but scholarly, by African activists. It uses research, life stories and artistic expression to examine dominant and deviant sexualities, and investigate the intersections between sex, power, masculinities and femininities
Buy now

Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya

From Citizen to Refugee Horace Campbell
In this elegantly written and incisive account, scholar Horace Campbell investigates the political and economic crises of the early twenty-first century through the prism of NATO's intervention in Libya.
Buy now

Queer African Reader

Demystifying Aid Edited by Sokari Ekine, Hakima Abbas
A diverse collection of writing from across the continent exploring African LGBTI liberation: identity, tactics for activism, international solidarity, homophobia and global politics, religion and culture, and intersections with social justice movements. A richness of voices, a multiplicity of discourses, a quiverful of arguments. African queers writing for each other, theorising ourselves, making our ...more
Buy now

China and Angola

African Awakening A Marriage of Convenience?
Edited by Marcus Power, Ana Alves
This book focuses on the increased co-operation between Angola and China and shows that although relations with China might have bolstered regime stability and boosted the international standing of the Angolan government, China is not regarded as a long term strategic partner.
Buy now

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

To Cook a ContinentWalter Rodney
Rodney shows how the imperial countries of Europe, and subsequently the US, bear major responsibility for impoverishing Africa. They have been joined in this exploitation by agents or unwitting accomplices both in the North and in Africa.
Buy now

Pambazuka News Broadcasts

Pambazuka broadcasts feature audio and video content with cutting edge commentary and debate from social justice movements across the continent.

    See the list of episodes.

    AU MONITOR

    This site has been established by Fahamu to provide regular feedback to African civil society organisations on what is happening with the African Union.

    Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: December 2011 newsletter

    Deborah Brautigam provides an overview and description of China's development finance to Africa. "Looking at the nature of Chinese development aid - and non-aid - to Africa provides insights into China's strategic approach to outward investment and economic diplomacy, even if exact figures and strategies are not easily ascertained", she states as she describes China's provision of grants, zero-interest loans and concessional loans. Pambazuka Press recently released a publication titled India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power, and Oliver Stuenkel provides his review of the book.
    The December edition available here.

    The 2010 issues: September, October, November, December, and the 2011 issues: January, February, March , April, May , June , July , August , September, October and November issues are all available for download.

    Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

    African Writers’ Corner

    When death stalks our land AGAIN

    Kirigo wa Wanyugi

    2009-03-11, Issue 423

    http://pambazuka.org/en/category/African_Writers/54686

    Bookmark and Share

    Printer friendly version


    Walumbe's* hand stalks our land AGAIN
    Oh, each generation has to lose brilliant lives
    So the rich can gorge themselves to death
    while we die of hunger

    Oh Walumbe's hand stalks this land AGAIN
    Oi, oi, the young fall to death!

    And you, fat bellied sit telling me of middle class woes
    As if I care!

    This time we will not sit idle
    Stand by and watch the young die
    To protect our gated world
    our cushioned life
    For none of us is safe no more no more

    For each pretence and prayer we make
    While all the while we know that it is we that feed
    the greed and need
    of those who steal from the mouths of babes
    By tightening our eyelids in pretended prayer
    And hope that God alone and only he can clean this stain
    When you know well that in your hand
    you hold this power he gave
    And the least you can do is feign ignorance AGAIN
    That those children are dying because you prefer
    to pretend that God will come tomorrow and sort it out

    Your ticket is straight to hell because you know quite well
    That he gave the garden of Eden for you to tend
    And every bending weed is yours to clear
    And every apple tree that Adam pretends that Eve gave
    Compounds the guilt of women and men who fail
    When their land is on the verge of fire AGAIN
    and the children, again, have to fall

    At the gate, everyone will account for what they did,
    when they knew, what they saw and what they heard
    They will have to tell what they did
    Who it was that was guzzling
    And who was muzzling
    While others lay dying, not even knowing
    The splendours that the country could yield
    The feasts galore
    And the stashes of loot high piled
    And the shiny shoes unearned
    And the bloated belly
    for different reasons
    like different seasons
    in one
    And the burps
    And the farts
    And the laughter
    As we swigged imported liqueur
    And fed millions Unga
    At troughs, unfit for animal feed

    Soon the day of reckoning will come for all,
    And you will have to account for your part in the masquerade

    And yet you knew that all you had to do
    Was stop the fires before they burnt
    It was is your hand, as much as it was in mine
    When our land came to an end
    And the light burned out

    * In Uganda Walumbe was the god of death, the brother-in-law of Kintu.
    * Please send comments to [email protected] or comment online at http://www.pambazuka.org/.


    Readers' Comments

    Let your voice be heard. Comment on this article.




    ↑ back to top

    ISSN 1753-6839 Pambazuka News English Edition http://www.pambazuka.org/en/

    ISSN 1753-6847 Pambazuka News en Français http://www.pambazuka.org/fr/

    ISSN 1757-6504 Pambazuka News em Português http://www.pambazuka.org/pt/

    © 2009 Fahamu - http://www.fahamu.org/