AFRICANGLOBE – For Africans at home and abroad this year we are preparing to commemorate some of the most epic moments in our illustrious history.
Just inside the US borders we have the 50th anniversaries of Malcolm X’s assassination and the Bloody Sunday massacre in Selma, Alabama in February and March.
While our ancestors will be smiling upon those among our ranks who are using these platforms to intensify our genuine resistance, those truly committed to a Pan Africanist path and vision will not allow these celebrations to ignore the fact that President Mugabe just assumed the leadership of the African Union.
This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the 5th Pan African Congress in Manchester, England, which many consider the most important gathering of African freedom fighters in the 20th century, when President Mugabe was only 21-years-old.
It is truly poetry in motion to see a Head of State who embodies the African fighting spirit that resonated in that room at the helm of our marvelous mother continent.
Because the AU’s headquarters are in Ethiopia, we can hear the echo of both the Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah reciting the quote from the Bible, “Ethiopia shall once more stretch its hands to God”.
For those Africans who feel President Mugabe is a practitioner of African liberation theology that produced the likes of Nat Turner, Henry Highland Garnet, and Bishop Alexander Walters, they must be elated that this historic event occurred in the first country mentioned in the Bible.
It is safe to say that the Falasha Jews in Ethiopia are touched and humbled to see President Mugabe assume leadership of the AU, especially since it cannot be refuted that when it comes to condemning the Zionist State of Israel, no African Head of State comes close to President Mugabe.
This momentous occasion provided President Mugabe the opportunity to visit the birthplace of Lt. Colonel Mengistu Haile Miriam who when he presided over Ethiopia, defied the wishes of the Soviet Union and gave ZANU military training and support.
For those who continue to drag Colonel Mengistu’s name through the mud, the time has come to declare his unwavering support for President Mugabe and ZANU-PF one of mother Africa’s historical bright spots.
When the spokeswoman of the European Union Catherine Ray stated the EU ban on President Mugabe had been lifted when he is travelling “under his African Union capacity’’, this demonstrated to the African world that white supremacy is alive and well.
The question that needs to be raised is whether President Mugabe is comfortable going to the lands of Africa’s former colonial and slave masters.
The push by President Mugabe and ZANU-PF to persuade the AU and SADC to accept responsibility in appropriately honouring Mwalimu Julius Nyerere reminds us of the words of wisdom of the Pan African giant Ahmed Sekou Toure when he said; “The greatest crime we can commit is the crime of being ungrateful”.
If Africans want the final word on their history, this process starts by acknowledging all invaluable contributions by our most steadfast servants on the battlefield.
As the current chair of SADC President Mugabe always reminds the African world how grateful Zimbabwe is to Malawi, Namibia and Tanzania for using the platform of the chairmanship of the AU to call for the lifting of US-EU sanctions on Zimbabwe. The most telling aspect of this historical moment is not how neo-colonialist heads of state in Africa may be manipulated by the US-EU alliance to condemn President Mugabe, but how opportunistic forces who masquerade as Pan Africanists and African revolutionaries will make bold declarations concerning Zimbabwe in particular and Africa as a whole.
We must tell them with a blend of love and sophistication, the stakes are too high to deceive a comrade of President Mugabe’s stature. They can make a genuine commitment to work with their contemporaries whose track record of working on the ground in Zimbabwe is a matter of public record.
This approach to the business of defending Zimbabwe and fighting for Africa’s total liberation is what made President Mugabe the warrior that he has always been and will continue to be.
By: Obi Egbuna Jr.