Kenyan Lawyer, Pan-Africanist and eloquent voice on issues of African concern, Patrick Loch Otieno (PLO) Lumumba has said that the rampant violence and unrests in many African countries can be attributed to the school of thought that one needs to occupy a political position or office in order to be able to help his/her people.
Speaking in an interview with Ghanaian international Youtuber Wode Maya, Mr. Lumumba said being a useful and helpful member of a society is something one can do without necessarily needing to occupy a political office.
He said it is the fact that everyone is seeking for a political office nowadays that many election related conflicts occur on the continent which ends up messing up African countries.
“This is the problem with many Africans, the assumption that in order to serve, you must occupy office. This is a problem and that is why there are so many conflicts in Africa where people think that you’ve got to be a member of parliament, you’ve got to be a president and that is why people kill each other to be presidents and then they mess African countries but people who do great things do them without the burden of asking for public office.” he said
Quizzed on whether he nursed presidential ambitions, PLO Lumumba who is a Kenyan said he hasn’t thought of it but when the situation calls for it, he will respond appropriately. watch the entire interview with Wode Maya below.