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The Election of President Mugabe as AU Chairman

By Cde Senator Chen Chimutengwende, Chairman of AGN

We in Afrika Global Network (AGN) more than warmly welcome the election of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde R.G. Mugabe, as Chairman of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2015. We wholeheartedly congratulate Cde President Mugabe on his election. He certainly more than deserves it. Cde Mugabe is also the Chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which is a grouping of 15 Afrikan countries. This is also a highly powerful position and the imperialists were strongly opposed to Cde Mugabe’s election to this post.   

Indeed, this was not just the usual and rotational and annual election of another Chairperson of the AU as required by its rules. Normally when a Head of State is elected as Chairman of the AU, many people just ignore it as a rotational non-event and they do not expect anything new or important to happen. They think such an election is just an administrative matter and normally not related to anything of great importance to Afrika and the rest of the Black World.

However, this election is very different because Cde Mugabe is very different from most Heads of State in Afrika today. The real issue is what he stands for, his vision for the future of Afrika, and his outstanding and historic contribution to the Afrikan revolution. He has been the bravest, most successful and principled fighter against racism, imperialism and neo-colonialism that Afrika and the Black World has ever produced in modern times. His election has a special significance to all politically conscious and anti-imperialist people of Afrika, both on the continent and in the Diaspora.

This is the reason why the Euro-American powers lobbied so extensively and intensively among Afrikan Presidents against the election of President Mugabe as Chairman of AU. It is the first time in the history of the AU that they have shown such a desperate interest on the matter. Their efforts of course dismally failed and they were put to a highly embarrassing shame when Cde Mugabe was elected.

Cde Mugabe stands for the relentless continuation of the international black liberation process in its new stage or phase of the struggle in this post-colonial and post-civil rights era. This new phase of the struggle is what, in revolutionary Pan-Afrikanist circles, is often referred to as the Second Liberation Struggle of Afrika and the Black World. During the previous era, and among the Heads of State of that time, President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and President Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea (Conakry) were some of the foremost champions of the international black revolutionary movement. After them, and among the next generation of Heads of State in Afrika from the end of the 20th century to the early part of the 21st century, Cde Mugabe more outstandingly than any other leader emerged and consistently remained as the main driver of revolutionary Pan-Afrikanism and the Second Liberation Struggle.

His highly well-articulated ideas and policies are consistently against racism, imperialism and neo-colonialism. He is against the manipulation and control of the international trade regime by imperialist countries and at the expense of the developing world. He strongly supports the speedy re-structuring and democratization of the iniquitous and Euro-American controlled international relations system. He is for the national democratic ownership and control of natural resources, and is for their value addition and beneficiation at the source. When achieved, this will enable the former colonies to get out of the imperialist control that forces them to remain as mere exporters of cheap raw materials. Cde Mugabe is undoubtedly the main spokesperson of the interests of the developing countries and indeed he is widely recognized by all justice and freedom people worldwide as a world statesman.

Cde Mugabe also consistently supports the establishment of a “United States of Africa” based on ideology rather than just geography. He is for the wiping out of the colonial and slave mentality, which is the pro-capitalist and pro-imperialist mind-set among black people worldwide especially among the educated. This is also known as the “white-saviour-complex”. In Zimbabwe itself, the following current issues are clearly a crucial part of the Second Liberation Struggle:- the Land Reform Programme; the policies and programmes of indigenization, value addition and beneficiation of raw materials and empowerment; the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset); the anti-imperialist orientation and content of state-owned mass media and the independent weekly newspaper, The Patriot; and, Zimbabwe’s anti-imperialist and Pan-Afrikanist contribution to the orientation and transformation of SADC, the African Union; and, to the speedy restructuring and democratization of the iniquitous and western controlled international relations system, and to the establishment of a fair and non-exploitative and international trade regime, which would be free from imperialist manipulation and control.

Cde Mugabe is fearless and knows how to effectively deal with the imperialists.  As a result of his beliefs, policies, international influence and effectiveness, he is the most hated Head of State in Afrika and the rest of the developing world by the imperialist powers. He is number one target for attacks by imperialists, their supporters, their mass media and some “revolutionaries” who either have unconsciously become victims of imperialist propaganda or are merely seeking bourgeois respectability. All this is also the reason why Cde Mugabe is widely recognized among progressive black people worldwide as their number one living hero. It is therefore not surprising that Zimbabwe under the leadership of President Mugabe has had to face highly devastating and ruinous western illegal and shameful sanctions, and other regime change measures and manoeuvres. 

Cde Mugabe’s ideas are fully justified by many developments and factors that include the extensive imperialist control, manipulation and corruption in most of the former colonies. It all makes such countries to remain divided and with many conflicts, and as mere exporters of raw materials that fetch low prices because of the absence of local value addition and beneficiation at the source. This also exports jobs to the countries where the raw materials are exported because that is where the processing of the raw materials takes place. This was the situation during the colonial period and it remains more or less the same today. It is unacceptable that 75% of Afrika’s exports are in raw materials and 14% are in manufactured goods. It is equally disturbing that inter-afrikan trade is only at 10-12% because of the obstacles imposed by the “donor” countries or the former colonial powers. The imperialists ensure that it is “cheaper” for Afrikan states to trade with them than among themselves. The big capitalist countries of course usually dictate the terms of trade including the prices of both the raw materials and the manufactured goods. The imperialists derive full delight from all this.

How the natural resources of Afrika benefit the western countries, especially the ruling classes in the capitalist nations of western Europe and North America more than Afrika itself was most clearly explained by President Kwame Nkrumah in his book entitled: Challenge of the Congo (1967). This is also well-documented through the research carried out or caused or supported by the UN, the African Union, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Development Bank, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Global Financial Integrity, War On Want, Trade Justice Movement, Share The World Resources and others.

The problem is that Afrikan natural resources are owned by western multi-national corporations and not by Afrikans themselves. The foreign companies and investors are involved in profit–shifting, trade-mispricing and in making falsified invoices with their parent companies and others. They hide their true revenues so as to avoid taxes in the countries of their operations. They bribe as many Afrikans with senior positions as possible, which make them to co-operate with the imperialists and to get rich at the expense of their own people and countries.

The oppression and exploitation of Afrika by foreigners and some capitalistic members of the ruling “elites” also include organized crime, smuggling and outrageously scandalous fees that are paid to foreign consultancy firms. Through the unfair terms of international trade, manipulation and cheating, developing countries lose about US $700 billion every year. The massive illicit financial outflows from Afrika include the staggering and officially recorded $150 billion annually, which is much, much more than what Afrika gets in aid and grants. So who is aiding and enriching who? Indeed, it is Afrika being forced, manipulated and cheated into aiding and enriching the “advanced” capitalist countries at its own expense. These figures showing the continued robbery of Afrika are dangerously getting worse. It is clear that Afrika’s resources are mainly used to benefit outsiders and some capitalistic members of its own leadership. Tied aid is false aid. It helps the “donor” countries more than the recipient states themselves which is another important aspect of neo-colonialism.

This explains why Afrika has to depend on humanitarian assistance for food and the African Union itself has 75% of its budget funded by the same foreign countries when Afrika has so unbelievably vast natural resources. The same reason explains why the overwhelming majority of the people of the richest continent in the world remain as the poorest people on earth. The question is: how can Afrika develop and eradicate poverty when its resources are being looted to this massive extent. It must be noted with serious concern that this has been the situation for centuries and it requires urgent revolutionary action.

Anti-imperialist people in Afrika and the Diaspora believe that leaders of the AU should always be people like Cde Mugabe who can effectively fight against imperialist interests and take Afrika and its Diaspora forward under the banner of revolutionary Pan-Afrikanism. It is from such leaders that they would expect the AU to be re-oriented so that the following can take place:-
1. That the AU would take a clear, consistent and more robust anti-imperialist postion;

2. That efforts to wipe out colonial and slave mentality among black people would be continuously re-intensified;

3. That the struggle for a “United States of Afrika” would become fully understood and supported all over the world; and,

4. That in order to strengthen this Second Liberation Struggle, Afrika’s own institutions and capacity for anti-imperialist research and information dissemination would also be re-organized, re-focused, systematised, co-ordinated as much as possible.

5. That this would re-inspire and enhance the work of black revolutionaries worldwide, which would also lead to the vigorous and continuous re-intensification of the Second Liberation Struggle;


Afrika Global Network (AGN) is an independent, revolutionary Pan-Afrikanist and ecosocialist network. It carries out research and mass dissemination of information with the aim of vigorously promoting the relentless continuation of the international black liberation struggle, which is in its new stage or phase that is geared to this post-colonial and post-civil rights era. In the revolutionary Pan-Afrikanist movement and circles, this new phase of the struggle is what has come to be known as the Second Liberation of Afrika and the Black World.

In the Afrika Global Network, Afrika is spelt with a “k” just as some people may prefer to spell the word organisation with an “s” and others may use “z”. While spelling Afrika with a “k” may be irritating to the imperialists and their supporters, it should definitely not be a problem to any revolutionaries. But in the first place: who decided this continent should be named Africa and with a “c”? The European imperialists did. But does that make it sacrosanct? The name “Africa” is said to have come from the ancient Egyptian word “Afru-ika” meaning “motherland”. It must be noted that “Afru-ika” has “k” and not “c”. Even today, many Afrikan languages like Shona and Swahili also spell Afrika with a “k” and not “c”. In any case, people should be free to spell certain words or choose language styles or define concepts or make presentations or express themselves in a style that they feel can most effectively communicate their messages or feelings to their chosen audiences or constituents.



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Cde Senator Chen Chimutengwende

Afrika Global Network
United Afrika Farm
P.O. Box BW280, Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Issued on February 2, 2015

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