ED congratulates former liberation movements for launch of Julius Kambarage Nyerere Leadership School

By Justin Mahlahla

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has congratulated former liberation movements that steered the establishment of the Julius Kambarage Nyerere Leadership School in Tanzania.

In a speech, President Mnangagwa said the school is a home of African de-colonial thought and symbolises victory of the intellectual facet of our unrelenting anti-colonial enterprise.

“On behalf of ZANU PF, the people and Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I convey my congratulations to the fraternity of our Former Liberation Movements that have made this remarkable achievement possible. The monumental launch of the Julius Kambarage Nyerere Leadership School is a re-articulation of the thought-leadership of our anti-colonial forbearers. It is the construct of our liberation ideology which remains the bedrock of Africa’s conviction in the fight against neo-colonialism,” he said.

He said the launch of the strategic institution highlights the collective sacrifices of Africa’s founding fathers and intellectual mark to posterity.

“We are reawakening the bones of those who laid the foundation of the development, unity, peace and joy we have for being a continent free from the yoke of imperialism.”

The late President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chairman of Chama Cha Mapinduzi, His Excellency, Dr John Pombe Magufuli, officiated at the ground breaking ceremony more than three years ago.

“Today, our humble beginning elegantly stands towering in the heart of Kibaha, in the Pwani Province of the Republic of Tanzania, resembling the bright philosophical image and shadow of our Dear Father, Julius Mwalimu Kambarage Nyerere,” said President Mnangagwa.

“This historic accomplishment for liberation movements in Southern Africa gives impetus to our search for solutions and to fully realise the dreams of our forbearers. This is more important as we continue to keep focus on the accelerated implementation of SADC’s Industrialisation and Economic Transformation Strategy.

“The Julius Mwalimu Kambarage Nyerere Leadership School is a symbol of a new approach with regards the completion of Africa’s de-colonisation agenda. It must be deployed to strengthen and accelerate the multifaceted African leadership strategies and programmes towards promoting and safeguarding Africa’s rich liberation heritage.”

President Mnangagwa noted that the Leadership School will play a crucial role as an apex institution, assembling “all our critical intellectual resources, facilitating the cross-pollination of ideas from the region and beyond.”

“It must help align the work of the national leadership and ideological schools. That way we are heightening our sustainable socio-economic development agenda.”

He said Hunhu/Ubuntu is Africa’s common rich cultural heritage, which underlies humanity, oneness, collective aim and destiny.

“This philosophy was crystallised by Kwame Nkrumah, the late founding President of Ghana when he said the independence of Ghana is meaningless as long as the rest of Africa is not free.”

President Mnangagwa said as a united Africa, the continent must continue to defend and safeguard the philosophical foundations as well as the sacred collective experiences of slavery and colonisation.

He added that the common history and shared experiences create in Africans bonds of fraternal oneness and inevitably transcend superficial differences.

“Our post-independence challenges have been similar in many ways, with our economies being vulnerable to the imperial hegemony of our colonisers. We must shift our paradigms, develop our models of development and alternative narratives, while we build resilient capacities.

“Let us support Afrocentric systems and structures that help catalyse the realisation of the region’s dream of our ‘common prosperous future’. This must be anchored on the respect of African value systems, experiences, worldviews and body of knowledge. To this end, policy making in Africa must never be sabotaged by artificial contradictions. Let us deploy ourselves with conviction, self-confidence, resolve, respect and dignity in building the Africa we all want.”

He expressed gratitude to the Communist Party of China (CPC) for the financial and technical support towards the realisation of the remarkable achievement.

“In conclusion, I wish to express Zimbabwe’s appreciation for the hard work undertaken by the leadership of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party, the Government of Tanzania and the Secretaries General from the African National Congress of South Africa, Chama Cha Mapinduzi of Tanzania, FRELIMO of Mozambique, MPLA of Angola, SWAPO of Namibia and ZANU PF of Zimbabwe for steering such wonderful work. I also congratulate the Technical Committee that oversaw the construction of the Julius Mwalimu Kambarage Nyerere Leadership School.”