A Call to Pan-Africanist, Black Nationalist and the African Liberation Movement… In the spirit of Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and Kwame Nkrumah
New York Amsterdam News, September 1, 2016: Robert G. Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Chairman of the Zimbabwe National Union – Patriotic Front and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces is once again under attack from the West and its mercenary mouth-pieces.
The latest attack has a new face and a new slogan, but an old tactic to “raise the flag” in an attempt to “destroy the flag.” A Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire is the newest pawn in the relentless battle of the West to turn back the African revolution to “Free the Land” and be self-determining.
Once again, the small land locked country of Zimbabwe [12 Million people] with the 93 year old president represents “a clear and present danger” to the national security of the Western world.
Why does President Mugabe strike such fear in the West? Why their dogged opposition?
Do they want democracy for Zimbabwe? The same forces transporting Pastor Mawarire around crying out for democratic change in Zimbabwe are the same ones that supported former Dictator Ian Smith and his criminal rule over Rhodesia.
Do they oppose corruption and poverty in Zimbabwe? Europeans take no responsibility for hundreds of years of African exploitation, terrorism and criminal sanctions against a developing a country. After all wasn’t it Chester Crocker, former Assistant Secretary of State, who said to Congress at a hearing in June 2001, “To separate the Zimbabwean people from Zanu-PF (President Mugabe’s liberation party), we are going to have to make their economy scream, and I hope you, senators, have the stomach for what you have to do.”
Do they believe President Mugabe is too old or has been in office to long? That cannot be. The United States has defended and provided the most advanced military weapons to Saudi Arabia, in which the Saud Family Monarchy has ruled since 1926 without a single election and inclusive of the total denial of women’s right.
The plain truth is President Robert G. Mugabe is one of the greatest African leaders who has ever lived and he participated in building and leading one of the greatest political organizations that has been produced by African people – the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front.
There are no perfect countries, perfect people or perfect parties. However, this African country, this African party and this African leader have accomplished what no other has done to date. It fought a successful national liberation struggle for the creation of Zimbabwe and its flag. It fought and resolved an internal civil war. It reclaimed and redistributed millions of acres of land to the people of Zimbabwe from Europeans who stole it. It has endured over 16 years of Western sanctions whose sole purpose was “regime change” to roll back the undeniable gains of the Zimbabwe revolution.
Zimbabwe’s history has been one of struggle. However, as difficult as it was to tear down Rhodesia, a government built on exploitation, terror and murder, it is more difficult to build a new Zimbabwe under the conditions of Western encirclement, determined to destroy it.
Every day, with the increasing and persistent cold blooded murder of our people by the United States police forces with absolute impunity, we should be strengthened by the victories of our fellow Africans who dare to struggle and dare to win. They demonstrate, like the small city of Ferguson, that as small as we may be we can cast a huge light on the real possibilities for victory in our lifetime. We denounce with all our force the gathering of reactionaries who become agents for Africa’s enemies. Reactionaries who see no pain in the communities, streets and homes of Black people here in America.
We must rally around Zimbabwe, ZANU-PF and President Robert Mugabe, understanding what they together have down for African people worldwide. They have chartered a correct course for the meaning and content of Pan-Africanism. They have carried on Garvey’s plans, Malcolm X’s determination and Nkrumah’s vision.
President Mugabe once instructed Zimbabweans not to look for another new Zimbabwe to come. He said it was in their hands right now and their task was to build it with their own sweat and blood. Those powerful words remind and build on the words and legacy of Marcus Garvey who decades earlier said, “Up you mighty people, you can accomplish what you will.” Garvey spoke the truth and Mugabe Is Right!