By Cde Mainda Simataa
The old generation of African leaders must not lie to the younger generation that Africa is free, no! They must abolish Africa freedom day and call for a new struggle for 21st-century freedom – there no more whites and Boers to fight in our time, only treacherous black African sellouts who’ve betrayed the entire race and sold us back to the highest bidders after our resources.
Therefore, continued talk about African Freedom Day is something that whites surely laugh at – it’s the grand exhibition of ignorance – the failure to grasp how the world has changed, how slavery and slave masters have morphed and transitioned from white to black, and Chinese. Africa freedom day is an illusion. It must be Abolished and restored only when Africa is united and free.
I say again, any glorification of African Freedom day is, but the height of African hypocrisy and self-deception – the collective pretense that Africa is free, when in fact every economic and political indicator shows that Africa is worse off today than it was 65 years ago – before the days of Nkrumah, Nyerere, Kaunda, Lumumba, Sankara, Mandela, and others. Western media is reporting that Africa is dead! Yet Africans are dancing freedom?
Today, our own, our so-called democratically elected leaders have butchered, killed, and maimed more Africans than King Leopold of Belgium did in pre-independence Congo, youths especially, not only through bullets and bayonets, but through the weapons of mass destruction – corruption, poverty, hunger, and unemployment. No whites and Boers ever killed more Africans than African themselves, especially those who call themselves our leaders.
Remember the Marikana massacre? In Museveni’s Uganda, Lungu’s Zambia, Ramaphosa’s South Africa, Tshisekedi’s Congo, Sudan, Senegal and even King Mswati’s personal kingdom of Swaziland, stories abound of youths massacred – shot dead at the hands of African police instructed by unwanted and unwelcome African leaders who fear the way of democracy, and its mainspring, millions of youths fed up with the fake promises and fake tales of African freedom and Independence which don’t provide jobs or put money in their pockets, and a decent roof over their heads.
But there’s something far worse than all these broken promises and African tinpot dictators – it is the mushrooming of fake African freedom fighters who’re just as fake as Chinese condoms – they burst under the slightest friction and pressure. This young and opportunistic lot is not fighting to liberate Africa at all. They just want to liberate themselves from poverty using the desperate masses as a ladder.
I submit that Africa’s worst crisis is not in the loss of its diamonds and gold, but the loss of its best and most brilliant fighting sons and daughters of the soil – fighters whose revolutionary thought is crowned with diamonds, and hearts emblazoned with the golden desire for freedom that alleviates poverty, hunger, disease; and dignifies the life and status of all Africans under the sun, at home and abroad, just as Nkrumah, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm, Martin Luther King, and 2pac, would have loved it to be.
The struggle continues.
By Cde Mainda Simataa lives in Lusaka, Zambia