Two Countries

The whole world was in shock when Muammar Gaddafi had been killed in cold blood in the public eye. Some called it “murder pornography, others said it was an execution.”  In addition to this, some were happy while others where sad. Was it right for him to face such a gruesome death? Only a few months back, he was on his golden chair but few hours before his death he was hidden in a sewage funnel in fear of being captured by the rebel army.

Hours after he was murdered, there was still unrest in the country. It is said that the country is in a transition. It is called post-dictatorship period. But was Muammar Gaddafi a dictator? The answer is yes and no. It is yes because Muammar Gaddafi had been Libya’s president for forty-two years! In all this time, his regime was unquestioned and one faced punishment by speaking against his administration until recently. There were no elections during his tenure. It can also be said that Muammar Gaddafi was good as he improved Libya’s economy tremendously. For instance, there country offered free education to all in public institutions. In addition to this education was compulsory to all boys and girls in the country. Medical care was free to the public. On an economic view, the country’s per capita income was higher than $ 11,000making it the fourth highest in Africa.

Libya still faces an uncertain future. They are tasting democracy for the first time and at the moment it is not 100% under control. Almost all households have a gun therefore they is unrest. If something goes wrong, they turn to violence. Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried (Winston Churchill).

Rwanda has undergone a major transition. Since the genocide that fell upon Rwanda in1994 that killed more than eight hundred thousand people, the country has been able to rebuild itself slowly by slowly especially in its capital city, Kigali, land of many hills. In 1994, ethnic clashes brought about a civil war never seen in Africa in modern times. The war was between two ethnic communities; the Hutus and the Tutsis, which took just 100 days. It was just a few days that left a dark clot in their history.

Even though the country struggled to rise up to its feet then, it rose from the ashes like the phoenix. All this did not come easy. Firstly there was need to unite the two communities that took a long time through local tribunals in the villages that were severely affected by the skirmishes. Through their current president Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s rejuvenation began. He said in the beginning of his tenure,” We cannot turn the clock back nor can we undo the harm caused, but we have the power to determine the future and to ensure that what happened never happens again.”

Rwanda currently is a fast and upcoming country in Africa. There is growth in infrastructure like roads and buildings, improved medical services, ample security and state of the art e-technology.The economy has surpassed peoples’ expectation (Ruxin, 2011). For instance, agriculture has grown by 10% (Francois kaniba). He further added that amidst the economic crunch the economy will still grow to levels of 9%.

The two countries (Libya and Rwanda) have suffered greatly; emotionally and physically as a state and a people but the outcomes differ. To one of the countries, misfortune gave rise to a new country while the other is still in turmoil.

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