Madagascar: Circus Island

Unlike some bloggers who have remarkably found similarities between Michael Jackson death and the political situation here in Madagascar, I could only relate one thing that the two may have in relation: Circus. I don’t know much about Mr late Jackson’s songs and dance but I know that his life was like a circus just like politics in Madagascar, the sole difference is that here, clowns are everywhere.

The first one is the regional convention held last week in every regions of Madagascar which is supposed to gather ideas and suggestions, as prerequisite for the next national congress on what will be the foundation of the fourth Republic. The idea was with good intention, in order to endow the HAT with legitimacy to organize the next election (not for its existence). One thing they didn’t take into account is that there will be some clowns present there. While some of them just refused to participate in the dialogue on the basis that the transitional governement is not suited for the role (back 3 months ago) , flogging the dead horse of Ravalomanana’s return, the others just acted foolishly towards their duty to the nation. Some of these clowns have boycotted the convention for food refund, and in some place like Ambatondrazaka where food and transport fare can be provided, many of them got diarrhea and waste their time queuing for toilet than focusing on law proposals. And to make matters worse, some clowns issued their wish to enact “federal state”, but that’s democracy. The results of the regional conventions are mitigating but more or less ended in a positive horizon. Let’s make it clear, it’s not the presence of clowns that will make the national congress cancelled.
The second genre of clowns are the wannabe terrorists who, for lack of real commitment in killing their fellow Malagasy, have chosen to parody the Jihad movement than to strike very hard which could have been damaging. At least they have shown more acts than vain words unlike the “legalists” at Magro. Anyway, we should be grateful towards these clowns because till now there are no dead in bomb explosion or another kind of terrorist attack; because no matter what anger, frustration and hatred might be they know that it’s not that worthy.

Then, it’s the turn of the EU to perform its clownishness; they summoned the HAT for a meeting where financial aids is at stake and where amalgam of diplomatic words reached its pinnacle : to “wish” instead of “to order”, “ IF …NOT….THEN…BUT…ONLY IF…OR”, “No” instead of “Yes”. But instead of playing pun words with speaking chimpanzee, the HAT realized that a perpetuated Neocolonialism situation is not a viable one so they have opted for another solution which is to open relationship to other countries. And after the failure of Brussels( still we wait for the official report), lo and behold, after many drum beats from mainstream newspapers, the prince Alwaleed of Saudia Rabia himself came to give a hand to the transitional government. Within only one hour after his arrival from the airport, he gave 1 million USD for medical assistance to cancer treatment and promised to invest in all existent business fields. But let’s make it clear again that Malagasy people don’t need “Water Ali Baba” (see my previous post on water grab) and knowing that there is no genuine philantropy in this world where every supposed financial aid is weighed with big interest rate that make people think who really helps who, we should be on our guard. Fed up with circus and farce, Madagascar is not the movie. “Ca suffit hein !” from Mahaleo the movie, enough is enough !.


~ by tolotra on July 10, 2009.

8 Responses to “Madagascar: Circus Island”

  1. Interesting and hilarious at the same time!!!The presence of clowns as you say makes political field more interesting; but we will see who’s really the clown after the election when the people decide. Ummm about the prince Alwaleed, the hat have to be careful on him ,not to make hasty decision. well , it’s too late but we’ve got to wait what will happen tommorow.

  2. In the meantime, what are the streets of Antananarivo like right now? Are people much affected by the political indecision? I was in the capital just before the coup and the impression I had was that of a people whose government was aloof and detached. The answer was to continue in the most pragmatic ways possible (I was amazed by the number of excellent craftsmen and mechanics near the lake for example.) Is it a case of life continuing regardless in the same way, or am I mistaken? Perhaps I am too ignorant of the kind of mess that is the result of this turbulence?

  3. The truth is that the crisis we’re living now is a crisis between political parties not a skirmish between the population. The revolution is done, people are back on track, life follows its normal rhythm (I don’t believe that the cut of foreign financial aids is the end of everything) but rotten politicians can’t agree on a consensus, and in the same time tear the whole country in rag . In a world of dishonesty we need a minimum of honesty.

  4. I’m curious to see how far the prince can go (give) and how much he’s asking in return. The HAT did already bring a saudi guy here with promises of basic foods and stuffs. They said the price of those products would be cheaper. But what do we have so far?

    In the meantime, what are the streets of Antananarivo like right now? Are people much affected by the political indecision?

    I think that peopla are fed up with this crisis even though the city is pretty calm. The price of basic foods are rising and so the gas and I hope the transportation fees won’t follow this rise.

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