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BUT, WHY THE UK FILM COUNCIL?
By Donette Read Kruger
Most of the NGOs in the UK are being dissembled by this new British Coalition Government, but why the UK Film Council? (NGOs is a term commonly used in Africa whereas in the UK the term “quangos” means one and the same thing.)
Ridding a country of its NGOs is not a new thing. In April 2007, international headlines screamed out that the Zimbabwe authorities had cancelled the licences for non-governmental organisations (who call themselves Relief Organisations) in a crackdown on groups. It was a move intended to screen out agents of imperialism from genuine organisations working to uplift the well being of the poor. This move was swiftly followed by the Government of Malawi but little was said or heard much about that. (http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/Zim-revokes-NGOs-licences-20070416)
The phones calling from the rest of the world into Zimbabwe were buzzing! It was a wake up call for the leeches that had enjoyed the best of both worlds – not only spying for their governments but also earning foreign exchange while based in Africa. “What have we done?” their masters pleaded, and the answer was, “Well, according to your accounts, its what you haven’t done for Zimbabwe!” was the answer. Two NGOs were permitted to continue, namely OXFAM and Christian Aid.
Then, suddenly in June 2007 the headlines indicated that the Zimbabwean Government had partly lifted a ban on field operations of the controversial NGOs – but had instead expelled a UN Human Rights official!
Now the British Government is abolishing the NGOs based in the UK, but why the furore? Surely there are affluent individuals offshore who are able to contribute to their favourite quangos and keep these afloat – if they are that serious? Not only will it make a change from contributing to their preferred political party, which has not always gone down that well, but it will afford them kudos from their otherwise beloved public – especially if they donate to a quango in which they have a personal interest such as the Arts – why not donate some of their millions instead to the UK Film Council?
“The UK Film Council,” Africans will bleat, “what have they ever done to help Africa?” Well, if you have not seen it you will never understand, but by now the UK Film Council must have coined thousands from its box-office record breaking showing of “The Constant Gardener” – a film based on John le Carré’s novel (screenplay by Jeffrey Caine) which shows how certain drug corporations have used Africans for their fraudulent testing – known to have harmful side effects. When their “volunteer patients” die off, the drug corporation buries the evidence in mass graves complete with the contents of drums of cyanide. In the closing chapters they indicate that Zimbabwe is next in their programme! For my part, as a white African, the UK Film Council is one quango that will be surely missed.
The evidence in this novel abounds when one wonders why AIDS only evolved in African, after the coup in 1960, when the first legally elected Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Emery Lumumba was deposed, imprisoned and murdered in circumstances which suggested the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrice_Lumumba).
Rumours followed that AIDS evolved from monkeys in the Congo but one wonders who did the “monkeying” around? Have you ever tried to catch a monkey, let alone have sex with a monkey – as is the purported legend on how AIDS was transferred to humans?
AIDS did not exist in Africa before that coup or else Africans would have all died out centuries ago. It is doubtful that the drug corporations involved there ever anticipated that their master plan (to rid the Congo of its indigenous nationals), would actually backfire, and affect almost every facet of the remainder of the world, as we all know it has done to date?
The UK Film Council has done exceptional good works for its Masters and to see this quango demolished would be a crying shame.
by Donette Krugger