Last week the African Union held its Summit - the highest decision making organ of the AU - in which, according to many people mostly from the West, the bizarre happened. President Robert Mugabe was appointed the AU Chairman for the next one year.
As the AU chairperson, President Mugabe is the ceremonial head of the AU. And as the AU Chairman, Mugabe will be the official representative of continent in various international forums including the G8 and G20 summit.
Across the African continent, the appointment of President Mugabe as the AU Chairman has attracted both praise and condemnation in equal measure.
There are many Africans who consider his appointment as a positive and very sensible move by the AU heads of states. There are also just as many Africans who find his appointment a disgrace to the continent and see it as retgrogressive move by a despot riddled club of AU heads of states.
So what are we to make of Mugabe's appointment? And what does his appointment say about us Africans?
Personally, the way I see it Mugabe's appointment is both notoriously ridiculous and very sensible at the same time. Those who are appalled by his appointment are right and those who are delighted by his appointment are also right, perhaps more so.
Before I answer the burning question of why I think so, first let me address the issue of whether or not it is even possible to hold two opposite and conflicting views about an issue at the same.
Most young people should be familiar with the pop star Taylor Swift. In her hit song 22, Taylor Swift captured a certain confounding aspect of our human nature and that is our rather strange ability to hold two conflicting feelings about something at the same time.
In the song, 22, Taylor sings about being happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time. As you will agree, happiness and lonely are strange bedfellows but amazingly, it is possible for a human being to harbour both feelings at the same time.
So yes, we're very much capable of having two opposite views about an issue at the same and Mugabe's appointment is one of those issues that is both ridiculous and very sensible at the same time. Ridiculous because Mugabe is essentially a despot, pure and simple. Sensible because he is a thorn in the flesh of Western powers whom we would very much like to spite for their condescending attitude towards Africa.
In the study of government or political science if you like, Mugabe's appointment as AU Chairman is considered a protest vote. Kenyans and especially the residents of Nairobi should be familiar with the phenomenon of a protest vote.
The election of Mike Sonko as the senator for Nairobi was as ridiculous a move by the people of Nairobi as it was sensible. Sonko is a deadbeat rascal who is doesn't deserve much less qualify to have the honor of representing the people of Nairobi. But both he and Mugabe are elected to high office to which they are unworthy by virtue of protest vote.
In the end, all this goes to prove one thing: voters are not stupid. The very same voters who elected a scallywag as their senator exercised caution when it came to their choice of a governor; preferring the sober Evans Kidero over the reckless Ferdinand Waititu.
Whether or not the Nairobi governor has lived up to the expectations of the residents of Nairobi is another story for another day.
For now, let us be proud of ourselves as Africans for duly appointing a worthy Chair of the AU and let us look forward to him representing us in the various international forums and more so the 41st G7 summit which will be held in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany on June 7–8, 2015. In your face!