Africa calls for EU Summit boycott

Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi

Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi

Hebert Zharare and Zvamaida Murwira
The African Union’s Peace and Security Council has advised the bloc not to attend the EU-Africa summit set for Brussels, Belgium next week to protest how Europe is holding the continent in contempt by determining who is eligible to attend the meeting. The PSC is the AU’s most powerful organ with the mandate to enforce union decisions.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi yesterday said the AU Peace and Security Council met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and told permanent representatives to advise their governments on its decision.

“The African Union Peace and Security Council took a decision that the European Union was in violation of an AU resolution that they do not have the right to determine the composition of Africa’s delegation.

“So the AU Peace and Security Council has recommended to all member states that the Summit cannot be held until Europe recognises Africa’s sovereignty. The ball is now in the EU’s court. It’s now up to the EU to decide whether they want the summit to proceed or not.

“If they want it to proceed, they should accept that they have no right to determine the delegation from Africa. I have since briefed President Mugabe and he has since welcomed the decision,” said Minister Mumbengengwi.

The EU barred Eritrea from attending the Summit scheduled for April 2-3, 2014. However, Egypt was invited even though it is suspended from the AU because of a military coup – tacitly backed by some EU members and the United States – that removed legitimately elected president, Mr Mohamed Morsi, in July last year.

Another full AU member, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, was also not invited.
On the other hand, Morocco – which is not an AU member and which colonised SADR and has close ties to the EU and USA – was invited.
Morocco pulled out of the AU (then the Organisation of African Unity) in 1984 because the bloc had accepted SADR’s membership two years earlier.

In addition, the EU initially sent an invitation to Zimbabwe but not to President Mugabe. The EU only sent a personal invitation to the President when he was elected the AU’s First Deputy Chair and the continent threatened to boycott the summit if he was not present.

The EU has since tried to bar First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe from accompanying her husband to the Brussels, Belgium, meeting.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has also not been invited but an “invite” was sent to his country. The EU and USA strongly back an attempt to try Mr al-Bashir at the International Criminal Court.

The AU has resolved that it will not co-operate with any attempt to haul a sitting Head of State before the ICC.

The ICC is accused of inordinately targeting Africans while ignoring glaring crimes against humanity perpetrated by Western leaders in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Guantanamo Bay – a US prison on illegally seized Cuban territory.

Pin It
  • mukwerekwere

    LOL, here we go again. Our President especially, should not be jetting off to distant ‘enemy lands’ with all the problems our citizens face today…..at least not before solving them. He should be very busy because our problems are numerous and have no time for useless foreign jaunts.

  • Foxhoundzis

    The west cant continue taking us Africans for fools…we hold the key to the future of the world economy so they must submit to our demands…

    • Analytic Analysis

      But for as long as we have bootlickers we will never be economically free. It requires a radical approach where all African economies take part in the war for economic independence.

      • John West

        Then, too, let us not forget the US once was comprised of 13 colonies that achieved just what you cite, economic independence!

    • shbkyn45

      No, their ultimate goal is to take all of Africa, and enslave African people again. They want to take what they want and need, and not pay for it, this is how they have been treating African people every since they set foot in Africa.

  • shbkyn45

    It really hurts me to see Africa being treated like this by these outlaws. America, Europe, all European west are like three peas in a pod. Obama sees how these whites feel about him, look what they did in Brussels, showing him and FLOTUS looking like monkeys.

    • John West

      But from an historically point of view, the POTUS and FLOTUS are really symbols of a much wider and still prevalent mindset towards African peoples wherever they are. But what is stunning is the gross abandonment of civility where it is called for by the well educated .

      Please be informed that an institution of higher learning in the US, Oberlin College in Ohio, the first to open up its ranks to include the newly emancipated for studies, has shockingly been the scene of gross cultural affronts aimed at African Americans studying there. Moreover, one of the Little Three, Williams, the other two being Amherst and Wesleyan, has been the scene of retrograde social behavior aimed at students of color.

      Like cancer, race animus frequently goes into remission, only to resurface at a much later time.

  • iluvsumits

    So why not hold the summit in Zimbabwe, then everybody can attend?

    • priska

      kikikiki

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Africa should take control of its economic resources and liberate itself from EU. This should be followed by robust and efficient- corrupt free economies that will give Africa real clout in international politics! As long as most African countries beg for assistance from EU, then the neo colonial block will always want to dictate to Africa! SA , Kenya and Nigeria should lead their regional groups towards Afica` s sovereignty! Zimbabwe has shown and taken the lead towards this noble pan African goal! Africa should never be an economic and diplomatic colony of EU./US!

    • common sense

      ….unfortunately it is at the moment…!

    • John West

      Two thumbs up!

  • Mimi

    The AU’s recommendation is fair and correct. It is high time that the EU and US stop dictating the terms of reference to Africa’s affairs. Putin has set the ball rolling and Africa should follow suit. Much as the AU’s decision might not be welcome to those that lick and bent on the Western propaganda, this is the 21st century and things just have to change. The EU, America and Western countries have had played unfair to the solving of situations i.e. in the way they broke the former Yugoslavia, played a hand in the upheaval in Kosovo, dictated terms and played double standards in the ousting of elected Egyptian President Morsi, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. It is high time that the AU says a big NO to this abuse of power by America and its allies. Yesterday it was America arbitrary recording fellow EU countries’ conversations, and what has become of this issue. America has wanted to make us want to believe that Snowden was wrong but clearly speaking he was not, his conscience reigned.

    • infairness

      Its actually a legal matter, there are agreements signed and the EU does not have any right to alter them. IOt has no choice or right to descision on who attends or not.

    • BnB

      Pathetic! Mostly the examples you give, Putin, Mubarak, and Hussein. You are must a murderer just like them.

    • common sense

      TRUE that….

    • Mtunzi

      My fellow Comrade – first be self sufficient, then you can tell those ‘imperrialists’ to go and hang! At this stage, our food bowl is still extended at arm’s length, therefore, cannot afford to spit vitriol at them. Bata imbwa dzako, imbomira!

    • John West

      Yes!

    • biggie smalls

      Mimi. Sorry Mimi. As of today 80% of African countries have already confirmed they will attend.

  • Londisizwe

    Africa is far from a homogeneous block, too many conflicting national and group interests are self evident.
    The EU will continue working as usual with the majority of African nations wishing to progress with bread and butter issues affecting their nations. A few African nations forced to pander to retrogressive whims of their leaders will eventually catch up with the path of rest of the world, it’s unfortunate generations are sacrificed on the way to satisfy egos of a few.

    • Chikonzi

      FYI:- (Ref. source Herald March 26,2014 EU’s duplicity further exposed & TesfaNews)
      Eritrea rejects the story that was released by a certain Farirai Machivenyika from The Herald newspaper accusing the EU for duplicity by not inviting Eritrea to the upcoming 4th EU-Africa Summit as “factually wrong”.
      Director of President Office, Mr. Yemane Gebremeskel, informed TesfaNews yesterday that the invitation for Eritrea to attend the Summit was delivered to the Foreign Office by the EU Ambassador a month back. He also said that Eritrea had attended previous EU-Africa Summits at the Head of State level but for this year Foreign Minister Oman Saleh will represent President Isaias. He also adds ties between Eritrea and the EU remains warm and healthy.

    • Tongoona

      Wonder why Herald reporter Farirai Machivenyika in his “EU’s duplicity further exposed” report dated 26/03/2014, lied about Eritrea?
      Eritrean Director of President Office, Mr. Yemane Gebremeskel issued a declaration denouncing the Herald report as “factually wrong”. His comments follow ….
      Director of President Office, Mr. Yemane Gebremeskel, today (26/03/2014) informed that the invitation for Eritrea to attend the Summit was delivered to the Foreign Office by the EU Ambassador a month back. He also said that Eritrea had attended previous EU-Africa Summits at the Head of State level but for this year Foreign Minister Oman Saleh will represent President Isaias. He also adds ties between Eritrea and the EU remains warm and healthy.

  • Kugarakunzwana

    A fine example demonstrating how irrelevant the AU like its defunct precursor the OAU, has become to modern Africa. Urgent reforms are required either for the AU’s survival, or better still complete replacement with another organisation capable of keeping pace with rapid world evolution during the next decade.
    The AU’s PSC is guided in its advise by a group of “old men”, seeking mutual protection against the aspirations of their peoples for justice and a better future. This is collective dictatorship attempted by some old men of Africa, preferring to die in office while destroying their nations, rather than passing on the baton to a far more capable younger generation.
    Young Africans yearning for progress, forever stymied by shackles imposed by antiquated dictators concerned only with their selfish survival, must strive to throw off this yoke of internal repression if Africa is to find its rightful place in this new world.

  • Muchaanzei

    What’s all this about ‘until Europe recognises Africa’s sovereignty’? Aren’t the African nations invited to the summit, the same ones who jealously guard and defend their individual sovereign borders against each other, drawn up by the Europeans during the 1884-1885 Berlin Conference?
    Taken to its logical conclusion, perhaps organisations like the AU intend to promote a multitude of new nations and borders based on tribes and ethnic groups, just like the Sahrawi tribes and their SADR. Redrawing maps to represent the AU view of African sovereignty, would lead to thousands of new dictators, a welcome addition for the AU and simplifying African representation in a global economy?? Would having a thousand nations facilitate the task and funding of the fledgling AU peacekeeping force, which has amply demonstrated its lack of resources, seamless integration, and capacity for rapid intervention? AU dreams may sound pleasant, but coherent action will require UN/European support and logistics for decades to come.

  • tino

    what, thats unfair

  • Observer

    the question is, how long will you let western nations keep controlling you? modern slavery does not require me to chain you down and force you to work… i simply dangle a carrot and ask you to dance, if you dance – admit it or not – you are still my slave!!!

  • Wezhira_Zimuto

    It is really sickening that whatever Africa wants to do as a united block, the westerners try and disrupt it. They really see that if the blacks are united and start to see and pull in the same direction, Africa will be a great force to reckon. We have diamonds, oil, rubber, land, workforce, a tectonically stable continent, a hard working conscience to name a few as compared to nothing the West has. England has only coal mined in Newcastle, Belgium was utterly built from scratch after the WW2 from funds aquirred from the sale of the diamonds from DRC. If we spend money and time channelling our energy and that few money to build a sustainable economy, America and its allies will never ever get a chance on us. Unfortunately, the divide and conquer strategy is still being perpetrated by the West thinking that we are naive and gullible yet it is just a hoax. They lure our African brothers to homosexuality, war, terrorism and rebellion and they kick start civil wars just to make us forever disjointed. They have utterly destroyed us and successfully made some of our African brothers to think that they can not live without the West. Rise Africa rise!!!!!

    • shbkyn45

      I love what you say. We got to be free of these leaches.

  • chihwa100

    (EU could not detect who to attend), ko who is that delegate who was refused or not invited. is this all about grace visa denial that calls for the whole and total protest by the other african countries. zimbabwe is forcing other presidents to bootlick it because grace was not invited. ma1.

  • Mbada Murenje

    The colonial scars will never heal, the rest others still think in around the shell and they see themselves as half-whites. it is so embarrassing sharing the same land and sin with idiotic minded pigs especially given the time we have had as an Independent sovereignty, one still has a hope that one day he/she will turn white and boss others around. The western hooligans should accept that we are capable of deciding our own destiny and stop bullying us around taking advantage of a few puppets some of who are never shying to the point of appearing on forums like this one, talking nonsense in anticipation for a broiler life, feeding on negative news supplied by their insane masters who tested the blood and sweat of an African and lost memory of what is good and what is bad in the process. I spit on such civil war advocates, I spit on ever ailing attitude and, I will again spit on the over-bouncing eyes of the so called supper powers who continuously dream of colonising again this Africa of ours.

  • Mbada Murenje

    The colonial scars will never heal the rest others still
    think in around the shell and they see themselves as half-whites. it is so
    embarrassing sharing the same land and skin with idiotic minded pigs especially
    given the time we have had as an Independent sovereignty, one still has a hope
    that one day he/she will turn white and boss others around. The western
    hooligans should accept that we are capable of deciding our own destiny and
    stop bullying us around taking advantage of a few puppets some of who are never
    shying to the point of appearing on forums like this one, talking nonsense in
    anticipation for a broiler life, feeding on negative news supplied by their
    insane masters who tested the blood and sweat of an African and lost memory of
    what is good and what is bad in the process. I spit on such civil war
    advocates, I spit on ever ailing attitude and, I will again spit on the
    over-bouncing eyes of the so called super powers who continuously dream of
    colonising again this Africa of ours.

  • Analytic Analysis

    Why should the EU bully us? Africans let’s stand up against this economic oppression. If all African leaders speak with one voice we will never be bullied around. Everyone now knows this “divide and rule” philosophy but reluctant to fight it.

    • John West

      True!

  • uncle

    Europe is using the tactic (save the people today so they can die fat tommorow )wake up Africa its better to strugle when you still have power than when you powerless its time Africa should stop international trade with any other continent until its voice is heard

  • mhofuyomukono

    What I find weird about all this is, why haven’t summits of that nature held in Africa.Why should we always go to Europe. Why not them coming here in Africa. All those people saying the should not dictate or whatsoever are not genuine in their sentiments.Why not inviting European countries to summits in Africa. Seriously as long as we go there them not coming to Africa, then is nothing sort of defining our destiny irikutarwa coz vachiri Kuomintang vanhu ava. Ngavambouyawo ah.

    • Priorities

      Mhofu if you had just done a teeny weeny bit of research you wud have known that in 2010 the summit was held in Libya which I presume is in Africa.

  • ty

    she has no buz th stay at home u loose nothing

  • CCTM10

    Wow, finally some guts from the Africans. Three cheers to you lot.

  • SELF PRESERVA=

    Africa is in the privileges positions for global hegemony with our natural resources, the world is thrived by resources, and as we all know, africa has it all, which is what the EU/USA are preponderantly striving to grasp by exertions of dogmatic corruptions,sanctions and overthrowing of governmental opposition for ages….. but they wont prevail, because we are educating ourselves and boldly taken a strong stand against USA/EU which exudes a perfect example for future newbies of African leaders tomorrow today!

  • Mayor of Mvurwi

    The EU is being quite petty on this matter. The truth of the matter however, is that there is nothing to be gained anymore in engaging the EU. Their citizens are sleeping rough on the streets in Berlin, in Athens, in Milan, in Marseille. I saw it with my own eyes when I visited these countries in 2013 as part of an appraisal of their economies.

    These countries are now like the rich man who has lost all his fortune but is now only keeping up appearances by borrowing. Yes, the EU runs to China with a begging bowl, and yet they want to pretend they can help Africa.

    How pathetic! It will be no great tragedy if this so-called AU – EU summit collapses, I will tell you that right now.

  • Ndareva

    Who cares???

  • Henry KIng

    Honestly speaking what business does out First Lsdy have there ? Now ZANU becoming like MDC – BOYCOTT.Nxxxxx how many trips has the President and his wife and entourage of 100 done in the last 12 month and at what cost ?

  • Moroccan Sahara

    Everyone knows that the SADR is an imaginary entity that does not exist in reality. Algeria that created it to harm his rival Morocco.

  • xoussef

    The so called Sahrawi Arab Republic has no sovreignity because it holds no territory, unless Algeria consents to cede the Tindouf camps to it. I rather think this is beyond Algeria’s legendary generosity. On the other hand, you are perfectly right, it’s a useless organisation, and we will see how many countries will head its *advice*, including Algeria.