Considering how and the rate at which African land is being expropriated from the locals, of their ancestral land by none other than the very people who purport to be African “leaders” – many supposedly “liberators” and “freedom” fighters – now in power and government but who are, in reality foreign agents, and almost freely handed over to foreign private and corporate interests in the false name of “foreign investment“; the land issue, that is, land ownership is obviously going to be the next big political issue in Africa sooner than political powers can anticipate. More so, once citizens wake up from their docile obedience to political authority and realise the magnitude of their “landlessness” status to which they have been systematically condemned by their governments.
Many people in African countries are being expropriated of their ancestral land by their governments, through all manners and at whims by the powerful individuals in government; through hastily cobbled up legislation and handed to foreign private and corporate interests; sometimes on the basis of personal friendship.
The smaller countries, most of which are treated as private property by those in power – who have a total monopoly on power through their monopoly on and access to State instruments of power, land expropriation by those in power and government, under the guise of “national interests and development“, is rendering many powerless citizens landless.
While rendered landless, at the same time, citizens are also systematically stripped of power and channels through which to seek redress of this injustice, the biggest heist in the 21st century, of the African land, not by foreign forces but by African governments that act as foreign agents.
The more this injustice is perpetrated, the more African citizens are rendered landless, the more they are condemned to generational destitution, the more they witness the expropriation and wanton theft of their ancestral land by their governments, the more they realise their governments are no different from or even, in most cases, worse than the colonial systems, the more they realise they have nothing to lose anymore, the more likely they will rise up, rightly so, to demand land justice by all means. The more justified their cause will be!
Private property, the idea of ownership of private property, in most African countries, is a farce if one’s property can be taken away, anytime, for whatever reasons, excuses or at whims, stripped of power or any channels of justice by those with power, in government because they can: because they have the power not only to do so but to justify it.
Land Justice will likely be the future political frontier for struggle in Africa.