What if, Movement For Justice in Africa, [MOJA] Movement Social Democratic Alternative [MOSODA], One People Revolutionary Movement [OPRM], Economic Freedom Fighter Liberia [EFFL], Liberian People Party [LPP], National Democratic Coalition [NDC] &, etc put together and formulated a coalition/collaboration (united-front) of all Democratic Socialist political parties/movements & contested the 2023 elections under one banner, imagine what could be expected? All these institutions are of ONE in objective —Pan Africanism.
Though some are renegades and weak in essence, a united front could strengthen their solidarity. I hate to say: Part of the progressives’ problem is that they are too educated for their own good. They’re all teachers—no students. In fact, there’s no freshman progressive, and they never co-operate with each other. Never! How will someone within their ranks win an election, when seeing eye o eye is a problem? Dah the BIG question to ponder over.
So far, on the other hand, the neo-colonial outfits are collaborating and uniting into interest groups, to contest 2023 elections. The despicable thing is: some progressives are even hailing the formation of the Collaborating Political Parties or CPP, which is a neo-colonial establishment in purpose and essence. Why support the CPP and discredit the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia?
We must be very cleared and make this declaration: The progressive class is their own problem today unless to see the common ground to fight for state and take it. Take it or leave it, the progressives unite to save Liberia. They are more interested in Facebook euphoria than a serious struggle to emancipate the homeland. Pan -Africanism must go beyond Facebook posturing and rhetoric. Years in and year out, the democratic socialist movements in Liberia are in the constant habit of supporting opposing political parties & movements against sitting regimes.
It happened in the case of Congress for Democratic Change; some progressive cadres were die-hard supporters of the CDC, a NEO-COLONIAL ESTABLISHMENT! The popular reason was their disenchantment with the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s led Unity Party administration. Their support was never about CDC’s Manifesto or developmental strategies.
In fact, the CDC had NO Manifesto in 2017. CDC had fliers, not any well-defined plans or—Manifesto. The recent Pro-Poor Agenda Prosperity and Development or PAPD was adopted after its inception —in 2018. This means that some core-on – core progressive elements followed and voted the CDC on the basis of Subjectivism and not a masses’ driven agenda that is conspicuously objective, analytical, critical, and well thought of.
The CDC is reaping what it sowed in 2017. yet again the progressive class Again are disenchanted, and this time supporting COP, CPP, and other non-idealogical parties. What I am saying to the Progressive class is: The interest of politics is always abstract, not visible. If the former assertion meets a consensus, What’s the guarantee that CPP will make the fundamental transformational change if elected to state power —2023? No guarantees, when its first policy paper is about sharing jobs. Why support a hidden-motive and neo-colonial outfit, that has no answer to deliver our people from poverty? Why can’t we “fight our own fight” as scientific democratic socialists through a well-organized united front? Are we in ONE mind about Scientific socialism? I would think so.
More so to this argument: If imperialist capitalism (neo-liberal globalization) is truly our MAJOR foe/enemy as a movement and people and we are interested in struggling to advance these causes, then we must struggle against all the neo-colonialist forces at home and abroad. Folks, the CPP is a complete capitalist establishment. The only difference between CPP, COP & CDC is that one (CDC) is in power. Two, that’s all. Nothing else. We need a revolutionary transformational process guided by scientific democratic socialist principles enthused with Pan-Africanism—politically and economically.
To sum it all, we must consolidate forces and revolt through the ballot or the bullet? This will be our own struggle not others. United front or no progress – there should be no such thing as middle ground or negotiation with reactionary forces. Thank you about it. Onward to victory!
—-Yours, Sallia S. Komala
Main Photo: Robert Kpadeh, OPRM