Simon Ateba: I’m surprised Americans are outraged some folks interfered in their elections while they do same all over Africa

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Watching Americans express so much outrage over foreign interference in their elections has confused me. These are the folks who interfere in virtually all elections in Africa and elsewhere.

In 2015, the then arrogant American Ambassador to Nigeria stormed the election collation center in Abuja to reportedly protect the vote. Just imagine a Nigerian Ambassador to the United States storming the collation center here to protect the vote. That would be crazy. He/she would end up in jail for trespassing. In Florida, trespassing is severely punished by law as it is considered a felony.

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As a journalist who has covered elections in Africa and America’s policies on the continent, watching the outrage over election interference here has made me laugh.

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The whole thing is a joke. The outrage is a joke and misplaced. It’s like eating your cake and trying to have it at the same time. The reality is once you eat it, it’s gone.

From a distance, one would think these are really serious people who support democracy and freedom of the press, but in reality, the same corruption and dictatorship I have seen in Africa is all over here as well.

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The American President, Donald Trump, just like African leaders has refused to officially declared his assets (tax returns) and branded journalists “enemies of the people” while allowing the rich to make it big via tax breaks and the poor to sink deeper into poverty.

It’s the same system, a bit polished, but it’s just as deadly as what I have seen back in Africa.

For instance, one percent of Americans own more assets than the entire country. The gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen every blessed day.

The fraud in the United States is official fraud by credit card companies, banks and other financial institutions. It’s so bad the poor do not have health insurance.

But, let’s get back to election interference. Most people around the world watching the debate over election interference here would be scratching their heads.

Yes, foreign interference in election is bad. What makes a republic is the ability for people to choose their leaders. The power to vote is one of the most powerful powers on earth, and it’s what makes democracies great. Once removed, the republic becomes a monarchy or a dictatorship where the leader is king. As a king, the leader can do no wrong and is the law of the land.

Since America understands election interference is bad, the United States should come to equity with clean hands.

Simon Ateba is the publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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