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Africans should know that they were not born slaves

By Vision Reporter

Added 19th September 2005 03:00 AM

From the point of view of political economy, a slave is a person who works without pay. There is also a slave-maid, a woman who is never paid for work done. These workers are under a counter-person called a master, who is a man or a woman.

From the point of view of political economy, a slave is a person who works without pay. There is also a slave-maid, a woman who is never paid for work done. These workers are under a counter-person called a master, who is a man or a woman.

By Kajabago-Ka-Rusoke
From the point of view of political economy, a slave is a person who works without pay. There is also a slave-maid, a woman who is never paid for work done. These workers are under a counter-person called a master, who is a man or a woman.

Working without pay is one aspect characterising the social status of a slave. The master does not have only one type of property in the means of economic production. They also have: inanimate tools and mute tools. The inanimate ones are items like hoes, pangas, hammers, sickles, ploughs, wheelbarrows and others. Mute tools are biological beings like donkeys, horses and oxen. Slaves are speaking tools in addition to the inanimate and the mute. They have no rights. They are not allowed to participate either, in discussion or, decision-making concerning the running of society. The breath of their boss is their law in the entire process of their life.

In Bunyoro-Kitara, Nkore and Buganda kingdoms such people existed. In Bunyoro-Kitara they were called Abairu-rubaale. In Nkore, Abahuuku and in Buganda, Abaddu. These people were never subjected or exposed, to any market for being sold or bought, because their masters very much wanted them all the time. Those who were being sold had first to be captured from their homesteads. Then be brought as captives to the market where they are turned into commodities. In the market they were not yet slaves because they had not yet been subjected to labour without pay before being marketed as human commodities. Selling should not be confused with what is being either sold or bought as a social category. This principle or, presentation, concerns the whole continent. Every syllabus of history should be adjusted with particular reference to this academic category. This will assist both the old and the youth to understand their own background better than when they are being described by foreign writers with a connotation that Africans were born slaves. The current urge to export labour from Uganda to either Western Europe or USA should be differentiated from the export of captured human beings intended for slave labour in foreign countries in the past. This is because the current process is based on the following:
-That individuals who leave the country (Uganda) are the owners of the desire to leave and go away.
-That their labour where they will have gone will be paid for
-When they want to return, there shall not be any hindrance.
-Even when they are still there, they can send money back home to establish economic units to the benefit of Uganda.

This arrangement should not be likened to the selling and buying of people unless one is labouring to abuse his or her own intelligence.

The writer is an instructor at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi

Africans should know that they were not born slaves

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