Parties urged to unite against neo-colonialism

By ZBC Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has implored Africa’s former liberation movements to learn from history and rekindle collective solidarity against looming threats of neo-colonialism.

This Friday marks the 60TH anniversary of Mozambique’s ruling FRELIMO party, which coincided with the revolutionary party’s 12th congress.

As has been the norm, several African leaders, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa were invited to the occasion, but due to the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA, the President addressed the gathering virtually.

‘I would have preferred to be with you in person at this historic Congress and Anniversary celebrations. However, prior commitments have inhibited me from attending,” said the President.

“ZANU PF and the people of Zimbabwe remember with a deep sense of gratitude how FRELIMO warmly welcomed and accommodated cadres of our struggle during our hour of need. You availed your territory and opened your doors and hearts to us, as we sought to regain our freedom and independence from the brutal white colonial regime.

“You selflessly made our cause and our struggle your own, sharing our dangers and sacrifices. Personally, along with many luminaries of Zimbabwe’s struggle for independence, we stayed in your country and worked closely with the majority of the current and past leaders. Like most of you, these are “shamwari dzeropa”.”

President Mnangagwa further implored Africa’s former revolutionary parties to unite against neo-colonialism.

“As we shape the way forward, it is important for us as Former Liberation Movements to learn from history and to rekindle our collective solidarity against the looming threats from neo-colonialists who want to see our revolutionary Parties out of power. None but ourselves can jealously guard and protect the independence and freedom we fought for.”

He also commended the SADC region for intervening in the wake of threats to peace in Mozambique from insurgents in the northern parts of the country.

“Therefore, as our countries scale up efforts to “Silence the Guns” on the African Continent, in our region and in particular within Mozambique, against the terrorist insurgency in Northern parts of Cabo Delgado, let us remain emboldened by this rich legacy bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers,” he said.

“To guarantee that future, it is imperative that we consolidate peace in Mozambique. As it was during the liberation struggle, our unity and solidarity must see us decisively defeat the terrorist insurgency. In this regard, the ZANU PF Government in Zimbabwe is unwavering in its commitments, within the ongoing SADC efforts, to realise peace in our region, guided by our rallying war-time philosophy, “An injury to one, is an injury to all.”

Zimbabwe and Mozambique have strong bilateral relations that continue to grow from strength to strength, with President Mnangagwa having visited the neighbouring country in April this year to explore possible areas of further cooperation.