Obi Egbuna Jnr
DURING the closing session of the Casablanca Conference that took place on January 7 1961, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who had made, always leaving Mother Africa’s children with food for thought, one of his main trademarks, the following statement:
“If we do not formulate plans for unity and take active steps to form a political union, we will soon be fighting and warring among ourselves, with imperialists and colonialists standing behind the screen and pulling vicious wires to make us cut each other’s throats for the sake of their diabolical purposes in Africa.”
Because the Osagyefo is arguably our most quoted modern African historical figure, collectively speaking, we too often have displayed a tendency to marvel at his intellectual range and perspicacity, but ignore the core message of his profound analysis of the African revolutionary process past and present. A fundamental prerequisite necessary to digest before understanding the current status of Mother Africa’s eternal propaganda war with our former colonisers and enslavers is the following; having the ability to distinguish between analysis by observation and analysis by participation.
Those among our ranks who fail to answer this call will not only wallow in a pool of confusion, but even worse, spread it like wildfire. If we are not careful and disciplined, some of us will accidentally anoint these village idiots pearls of wisdom and before we know it, US-EU imperialism will give them a book deal, publish their op-eds in in Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Foreign Policy or better yet, arrange for them to have their very own platform on television, radio or the Internet.
To say the recent developments in Zimbabwe are not newsworthy would be politically dishonest, however, addressing them without context and perspective at this historical juncture would be criminal. Only those not invested in the constant daily struggle to ensure President Mugabe and zanu-pf prevail in the execution of this phase of the Third Chimurenga are afforded this luxury.
As far as the decision to relieve former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa from his post goes, the perspective is all about the constituency you strategically target, for Africans in the Diaspora, let our rich and illustrious history forever be your guide as opposed to high profile political gossip and nickel and dime hearsay.
That is to say before recognising that the neo-colonialist stooge Blaise Comporare was hell bent on taking his life, the Pan Africanist revolutionary Comrade Thomas Sankara saw him as his brother and confidant. The revolution in Algeria never recovered from Houari Boumdiene betraying Ahmed Ben Bella, our shining prince Patrice Emory Lumumba considered Mobutu Sese Seko a loyal and dedicated soldier.
During the Central Committee meetings of the Democratic Party of Guinea, we can only wonder and speculate how many times did Ahmed Seku Ture, the Supreme Responsible of the African Revolution stare at Lasana Conte and think to himself, this piece of scum is going to stage a reactionary military coup the moment I am buried six feet under.
To share these sentiments either before or after US-EU Imperialism’s experts decide to weigh in and give the world what they audaciously consider a superior point of view, is a decision based on strategy and tactic for those truly in battle mode as opposed to those weighing, because, to use the words of the millennials, this is trending at the moment.
Let it be stated that a significant portion of Africans at home and abroad, who callously leave the faucet leaking on Facebook,Instagram and other components of social media under the guise of transparency and find themselves explaining nothing yet justifying everything, must be urged to remember something very fundamental, a patriot of President Mugabe’s stature without question deserves the benefit of the doubt. Another example of ignoring the responsibility and weight President Mugabe carries on his shoulders is when the rhetoric gets uttered that US-EU sanctions don’t hurt Zimbabwe’s leadership, but the everyday Zimbabwean, which not only suggests the inherent love for Zimbabwe and Africa that defines President Mugabe’s legacy is no longer part of his political DNA, but US-EU Imperialism’s regime change recipe is exactly what the doctor ordered.
When President Mugabe decided that former vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Joice Mujuru had to be shown the door, we automatically think of Commandante Fidel Castro’s decision to execute General Armando Ochoa Sanchez five years after he was presented the Hero of the Revolution award, Cuba’s highest military honour. This is a man who trained rebels in the Congo, was a key figure in Cuba’s heroic fight side by side with MPLA in Angola, and was the Commander of the Cuban Expeditionary Forces in Ethiopia. As Kwame Ture always reminded us, in revolution there is no sentimentality whatsoever.
For those out there wondering, President Mugabe and zanu-pf can anticipate the slant of the US-EU Imperialist Propaganda apparatus with their eyes closed. Those who follow the neo-colonialist paradigm, either because of intellectual laziness or a genuine lack of exposure, get prepared to hear that this is yet another illustration that Africans lack the political civilisation and knowhow to let true democracy take its course.
Africa’s bravest fighters, who have been blessed with the gift of a long life like President Mugabe, get to see first hand most hateful enemies reinvent themselves over and over. Throughout the years, President Mugabe has earned the reputation for not only remaining steadfast, but unpredictable, which those who have positioned themselves to be experts on the Zimbabwe question may choose to overlook in their sensationalised and self-serving narratives.
We are talking about an African warrior who chose Chinese weapons and support during the Second Chimurenga, when Marxism Leninism and Soviet Support were politically en-vogue, and withstood attacks from every pseudo-revolutionary impostor in the Diaspora, whose faces were so glued to the Communist Manifesto, they could not greet you in the morning without quoting Marx Lenin or Engels. Today, these misguided missiles are born again Social Democrats, who now attack President Mugabe and zanu-pf espousing the ideals of Alexis DeTocqueville, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, which compels them to say Zimbabweans are craving for western democracy and human rights.
The best way to measure the weight of your enemies’ propaganda is to observe where and when it is regurgitated. When so-called African Americans, with the most elegant Dashikis and stunning dreadlocks view President Mugabe through the lens via courtesy of the US State Department memos and Voice of America broadcasts verbatim, we realise the work never stops. Our so-called African Americans inside US borders must tread very carefully for a multitude of reasons, especially those who are no strangers to President Mugabe and zanu-pf, this includes those who claim to have supported Zimbabwe from the days of the Second Chimurenga.
When Ambassador Andrew Young decides to have a photo-op with the opportunist and religious fraud Pastor Evan Mawarire or only come to Zimbabwe these days when US Imperialism sends him as a special envoy, it must be noted, Reverend Jesse Jackson knew the stakes were high when he met with former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, whose sole purpose was to upstage Zimbabwe’s delegation at the UN General Assembly a few years ago.
Our sisters who refuse to come to Zimbabwe and engage First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe to find out how to bring attention to the impact US-EU sanctions have on Zimbabwean mothers, wives and daughters can flush feminist ideals and values down the toliet, they have polluted the environment long enough.
As the African world celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Unity Accord between zanu-pf and PF ZAPU and the 25th Anniversary of the passing of one of Mother Africa’s most fearless daughters former Zimbabwean First Lady and National Heroine Amai Sally Mugabe . The opportunists and hypocrites will fall by the wasteside.
- Obi Egbuna Jnr is the US Correspondent to the Herald and External Relations Officer of Zicufa (Zimbabwe Cuba Friendship Association) His email is [email protected]