By ZBC Reporter
The commissioning of the Julius Nyerere Leadership School in Tanzania this Wednesday has been described as a giant step towards Africa’s quest for total ideological decolonisation.
The late Cde Julius Mwalimu Nyerere was not just a giant of African politics, but also great man, whose ideological clarity continues to inspire many on the continent towards ideological decolonisation.
Having been instrumental in the political decolonisation of the continent, the late Tanzanian leader remained the rallying point towards African unity even after the death of his Ghanaian counterpart and pan-Africanist, Kwame Nkrumah.
Over two decades after his death, Nyerere’s spirit of African emancipation still lives on, with a leadership school named after him having been commissioned this Wednesday in Tanzania.
The revolutionary ZANU PF party was part of the ceremony and the Secretary for Administration, Dr Obert Mpofu relived the late Nyerere’s spirit of African unity and ideological emancipation that was characteristic of a host of fellow African leaders.
“This institution is definitely going to be the citadel of scientific decolonisation thought. The launch of this great school is a pride to the cause of African liberation theoretical and pragmatic predispositions as espoused in Mwalimu Nyerere’s Uhuru na Ujamaah philosophy and Kwame Nkrumah’s concept of African Consciencism. The launch of this school marks an awakening to Kenneth Kaunda’s creed of African humanism and Thabo Mbeki’s recent contribution to the decolonisation debate through the idea of African renaissance. Today, marks the consolidation of the many ideas we have chosen to abandon as a continent. Against this backdrop, this school is a strategic hub for rethinking policy-making in our continent,” Dr Mpofu said.
Dr Mpofu noted how the school and the Museum of African Liberation under construction in Zimbabwe will help the continent preserve all its seminal records and artefacts of the wars that were fought across the continent in the quest for decolonisation.
He said: “With no sheer stroke of doubt, I am confident that the Julius Kambarage Nyerere Leadership School will serve as a strategic partner to both our Africa Museum to be headquartered in Zimbabwe as well as our party think-tank, the Chitepo School of Ideology. The Julius Kambarage Nyerere Leadership School comes at an opportune time when Africa needs in-depth research into her knowledge systems covering various socio-economic and political aspects informing the architecture of governance in the continent; intellectual exploration of her cultures in the face of the obliterating effects of Western Globalisation and more research on how pan-Africanism can be exploited for the enrichment of the continent’s unity and economic growth.”
The Julius Nyerere Leadership School was established with material and ideological support received from the Communist Party of China (CPC), which has always supported the continent towards political and economic liberation.