Liberation movements meet in Angola

Lovemore Ranga Mataire

Harare – Southern Africa’s former liberation movements are having their routine meeting in Angola where they are exchanging notes of developments in their countries and devise strategies of countering threats seeking to oust them from power.

ZANU PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo confirmed that he is attending the meeting which will also be attended by other former liberation movements that are governing parties like Swapo of Namibia, Frelimo-Mozambque, MPLA of Angola, ANC-South Africa and Chama Cha Mapinduzi.

“It’s a routine meeting. We have a lot to share especially at this time when countries like Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are scheduled to hold polls soon,” said Cde Chombo.

Former liberation movements have always exchanged notes under the auspices of Former Liberation Movements of Southern Africa (FLMSA).

Last month, ruling parties of Botswana and South Africa met in Gaborone to introspect and chart way forward ahead of general elections. The two neighbouring countries are scheduled to hold general elections in 2019.

Mozambique and Angola’s former liberation movements had also earlier met in Maputo to exchange notes on how to deal with challenges faced by the two countries that a former Portuguese colonies.

Besides exchanging notes, the former liberation movements have also agreed to construct a party school in Tanzania which will become an enduring symbol of the ideals of the liberation struggles waged in individual countries.

The FLMSA was set up a few years ago to ensure cooperation of liberation parties in the face of renewed neo-colonial forces bent on wanting to roll back the map of liberation by installing pliable regimes.

Africa’s founding fathers who crafted and gave birth to liberation movements were resolute in defending their ideological ideals. The journey they travelled was not easy. Many were imprisoned, tortured and some paid the ultimate sacrifice.

It is those ideals that are today under threat in South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia and Tanzania.

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