Revert back to the original mission
We would like to start by congratulating Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi for his re-election as the ruling party, FRELIMO’s president. This will give him the mandate to represent the party in the country’s presidential elections in 2019.
We would also like to congratulate FRELIMO for conducting a seamlessly clean elective congress.
FRELIMO has done its part, as a former liberation movement, to remain relevant and in government with the aim of bringing lasting peace and prosperity to all those in that country.
The same cannot be said about the situation in Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, where ruling parties seem to be decaying from within.
In South Africa, the ANC is headed for a watershed elective conference in December. President Jacob Zuma is stepping down and the party is torn between factions supporting vice president Cyril Ramaphosa and those supporting former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma.
SWAPO in Namibia is facing the same next month, with President Hage Geingob facing a challenge from people considered to be his comrades, people he shared most part of his life with while fighting for the liberation of Namibia.
On face value, it looks like everything is going smoothly and that both parties are just gripped by their dynamic internal party democracies.
But in reality, the divisions are so deep that they threaten to destroy the foundations these parties have been built on.
ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe is expected to host its annual conference in December but there are some voices quietly trying to instigate that the conference be turned into an extraordinary elective congress.
Those instigating the move are claiming they would like to put an end to the internal factions and infighting within the party. Some, however, feel that those instigating such a move are aiming to purge their political opponents within the party.
For us, however, it is worrisome that the debates around these leadership battles are not centred on the masses these parties were established to serve.
We would like to remind our former liberation movements that they were established to not only bring political independence to our people but also to ensure economic emancipation.
SADC’s natural resources are still in the hands of the minority, many of whom are not African or natives of the continent.
We believe it is only the former liberation movements who can bring lasting peace and economic prosperity to the region since it was those same ideals which pushed such movements to formation.
But the longevity of such movements can only be guaranteed if they stick to the initial political programme and plans of serving the masses.
There has been a worrying trend where some are trying to use former liberation movements as means to self-enrichment and for propelling their political careers.
We urge the liberation parties to stay the course and continue to lead the people to the promised land of economic freedom, empowerment and emancipation.
United we stand, divided we fall.