In the pursuit of ridding the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states, it is imperative to decolonize the minds of the African peoples.
The African Union (AU) has pushed for African solutions to African problems by giving African leaders and former heads of state responsibilities that require local solutions instead of outsourcing or cut and paste the Western model.
As a result, the former President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, was selected as the suitable candidate for the post of Head of Delegation of the AU Election Observation Mission.
Political analysts across Africa have welcomed the move.
They argue that Lungu is better placed to observe and interpret the African political situation, especially before, during and after the elections on the continent.
Lungu has been there and knows where and what to look for to get a consolidated report that can either discredit or endorse an election.
Africa has been infiltrated by the imperialists under the guise of opposition political parties and civil society organizations (CSOs), among others.
These groups came or were created under the facade of spreading democracy, human rights and assisting marginalized communities with charities and other donations, but their main purpose was to bring back colonialism through the back door.
Dr Lungu’s appointment threatens any inroads the West and their proxies may think they have made towards the recolonization of Africa.
Lungu is a Pan-Africanist who believes in African solutions, which makes him a sure candidate to propel the ideals of the AU.
It received a lot of criticism because it suddenly became a stumbling block for the West.
This appointment is not unique as other former heads of state of the region and of continental bodies have been appointed to occupy decision-making positions.
As part of the AU’s desire to promote peace, security, stability and political dialogue in the Horn of Africa region, the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has been appointed High Representative for the Horn of Africa region.
Former Mozambican President Joaquim Alberto Chissano has been appointed AU High Representative for Western Sahara to facilitate direct talks between the two Member States, Morocco and the Sahrawi; while former South African President Thabo Mbeki was recently appointed head of the AU Election Observation Mission to the Republic of Kenya for the 2022 elections.
The ideals of Pan-Africanism and regional integration and cooperation must be fostered and this can only be possible if they are African solutions by Africans.
They are the ones who have a deep knowledge of the circumstances in Africa.
This cannot be left as a prerogative of the West, its proxies and these organizations.
It is time for Africa to believe in its own potential to tell its own story, and not in reporting from the West whose interests are to its advantage.
Criticizing Lungu’s appointment is a clear indication that those at the forefront are advancing the Western agenda in Africa.
In Zimbabwe we have the MDC Alliance (MDC-A) led by Nelson Chamisa which is well known for its rendezvous with the West to adopt and propagate Western ideologies and agendas.
Lungu is a former Democratic head of state who admitted defeat and handed the reins of power to the current President of Zambia and UPND party leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Such a democratic leader should be given the opportunity to participate as the head of the election observation mission and impart knowledge for the growth and development of African politics.
Stories aimed at discrediting Lungu’s appointment have been perpetuated by the MDC-A claiming that Lungu was not a Democratic leader.
Allegations that he cut the internet in order to rig the Zambian elections that took place in August 2021 have been fabricated.
Every head of state has the right to turn off the Internet if it threatens the security of a nation.
The protection of people is essential in all circumstances. This does not qualify Lungu to be a dictator.
Since the inauguration of President Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe has enjoyed peace, the rule of law and political tolerance, which puzzles why the MDC-A would claim that Lungu helped President Mnangagwa “to commit crimes. of war “.
The political playing field was level.
No one was harassed, tortured and / or killed during the harmonized elections before, during and after July 31, 2018, with the exception of skirmishes staged by MDC-A supporters, which left six dead.
When former President Lungu expelled Biti for illegally entering his country, this action cannot be classified as war crimes.
Biti was a fugitive who had committed a crime and was deported to face his crimes at his home.
If the expulsion of fugitives from his country is classified as an accomplice in war crimes, shouldn’t British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also be painted with the same brush.
He deported many of our brothers who had committed different offenses, even worse, they had already served time for their crimes, but he deported them anyway.
It becomes a problem if it is done by an African.
As the African spirit is colonized, especially that of the Western puppets among us who choose to dance to the tune of the white man, while making fun of the nomination of one of their own.
Someone needs to warn the puppets that the grass looks greener from a distance until they get close and see it growing in the sewers.
Jonas Savimbi is a good example of an African puppet that was used by the West, after which he was eliminated.
The West does not have free gifts and someday someone will have to pay and the bill is huge.
In the West, puppets are still disposable once they have served their infamous purpose.
Indeed, Africans need to decolonize their minds.
Jamaican singer, the late Bob Marley, once told people to break free from mental slavery and discover their worth.
If Africa is to discover its worth, it needs to believe in itself and in the integrity of its organizations.