opinionBy Niyibizi Peter
The African Union (AU) and its precursor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), are historical land marks aimed at charting a new course for Africa. It is a phenomenon born out of the need to break away from imperial dictates whose tentacles are yet brushing over the African entities.
In a speech in 1964, at the founding rally of the organization of Afro-American unity, Malcolm X is said to have talked of the African continent that ten years before had been colonized. That they had suffered all forms of colonization, oppression, exploitation, degradation, humiliation, and discrimination. But that they had gained in a short time more independence, more recognition, more respect than him and fellow Afro-Americans. That he and fellow Afro-Americans lived in a country supposed to be the citadel of education, freedom, justice, democracy, and all of those other pretty sounding words.
Malcolm X talked of OAU as one of the priorities embarked on by the independent African nations. That they had reached the agreement to submerge all differences and combine their efforts to eliminate from the continent colonialism and all vestiges of oppression and exploitation being suffered by the African people.
Malcolm X talked of differences among those who formed the organization of African states. That they represented probably every segment and every type of thinking. He talked of leaders who were uncle Toms, others very militant but that the militants were able to sit down with those considered Toms, or Tshombes, or that type of character. Indeed the philosophy of Pan Africanism was born outside Africa itself championed by Marcus Gurvey and comrades. Now that the OAU has given birth to AU, it means the evolution of world phenomena as time goes by must concretize the true independence of the African peoples. This is a must if Africans have to survive as an entity and they can.
I don't see why at this juncture in time the African history within the global dynamics, should yet be allowed to be shaped by self seekers masquerading as researchers of the UN. It is common knowledge that the UN has been used by the imperial world to advance their interests.
The Rwandan refugees of late 1950's and early 1960's were branded communists. Tutsis who were targeted by the colonial power in liaison with the Rwandan leadership that took over power at independence, worked tooth and nail to show how these people were communists. It was during the cold war dilemma and no more crime would have been worse than that as far as the imperial world was concerned. The experts like those on DRC who are yet a cog in the wheel of manipulations, conducted research and had to convince the civilizing world that a people majority of whom were illiterate, were communists. Going by rationale not even the Soviets were communists in the true sense of the word.
This propaganda made Rwandan refugees of the time suffer in the true sense of the word. They got fragmented in countries of asylum where a simple geographical zone would have been enough for all of them. There was no need of having Kyangwali, Oruchinga, Ibuga, Gahunge, Nakivale, Rwamwanja, Kyaka(Kazinga) and Kinyara refugee settlements for a few tens of thousands in Uganda that had around 7 million inhabitants . But the communists had to be moved time and again; they had to be fragmented and get exposed to all hazards. Indeed this was part of the process of Genocide which culminated in 1994. The sober and rational African mind needs to take note of this. Suffice it to say that fact finding missions had to be sent to Rwandan refugee settlements in countries of asylum only to find there were catholic priests like Rubumbira among them and so were pastors of other major denominations who used improvised grass thatched churches. The insinuations are yet on. As if it was not enough for the obnoxious and masquerading experts matters Rwanda, Uganda is also tackled as yet another country supporting the M23 rebels.
In the last article in this magazine featuring Rwanda's admission to UN Security Council, I echoed the logical reason why Rwandan government and Rwandans in general would not want yet a war situation because they have had enough of it given the Genocide of its kind in human history that befell them. I showed that Rwanda is involved in peace keeping missions to prevent similar situation befalling other people. In the same vein, Ugandan troops have been deployed across the region to bring peace. Indeed Ugandan troops went to what had been envisaged as mission impossible-going to bring peace in Somalia. The American troops from a very powerful country in the world had to abandon the mission they had undertaken in Somalia because the situation obtaining there proved an enigma to them.
Today the Ugandan troops (UPDF), who indeed form the core of AMSOM contingent in Somalia, in liaison with their Burundian counterparts, have been able to flush out Al Shaabab from Mogadishu. Joined by sister army from Kenya(KAF), who captured the strategic port city of Kisimayu from Al Shaabab, the Somalis were able to install a post transitional government.
Given the changes that are being supported by Somalis themselves, there is hope that the failed state Somalia has been may be a thing of the past in the near future.
All this because the Ugandan troops sacrificed their lives for fellow Africans. They are in Central Africa and DRC to deal with Kony who has proved a regional problem because they are better able to deal with him. Without them Kony can resurge and continue to sow mayhem.
Given this reality, why should Ugandan government and her people get involved in M23 war which is a historically created internal problem for DRC? Cornered in their machinations, the so called experts talk of individuals in government just as they have said in case of Rwanda. How can individuals mentioned, who after all know the consequences wars that do not have popular mandate entail, get committed to such wars? The AU and Africans at large have to stand up to the challenges and resist the machinations of international conspiracy in the name of experts. AU is and it has been realized is better able to solve its conflicts especially militarily, politically and socially as longer as it is availed resources.
The AU experts are better placed to give objective findings. Indeed the 11 member ICGLR is better placed to solve the DRC saga. Mechanisms have been put in place and the process to resolve the conflict is in place. The Toms (Tshombes) in DRC have to be shunned so that the Pan Africanist aspirations of Malcom X and comrades become a reality. The good will in the UN and the international community at large should prevail over self seeking conspiratorial machinations by the likes of the proponents of slave trade, colonialism and now economic sharks in the globalized world.