Statement of the Revolutionary Socialist League-Kenya, supported by the Revolutionay Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 24 May 2020, https://redflagkenya.wordpress.com/ and www.thecommunists.net
This year marks the 57th anniversary of the annual African Liberation Day, a historic day for the people of Africa. This day has helped to raise political, economic, social, and cultural awareness in African communities across the world and remains a great source of information about the struggles for total liberation and development of the African people and continent.
On this great day we celebrate and salute the hard-fought struggle waged by our liberation heroes and heroines in the colonial struggle for freedom and independence from colonial European powers. We honour those who continue this struggle against the capitalist, imperialist and neo-colonialist powers in modern day Africa and continue our commitment in the same struggle for a truly liberated African continent. Throughout the years, there have always been themes used in celebration of this day. These themes have always varied from nation to nation, but the chief message has always been similar.
In Kenya, our theme of “Reclaiming our Sovereignty” is essential in our celebration because we understand that our African nations and people are not truly sovereign in all political and economic spheres. The dark forces of colonialism have been replaced by the vicious hands of imperialism, capitalism, and neo-colonialism. These forces have further divided the African people on more ethnic lines, artificial borderlines, languages, financial institutions, cultural beliefs, classes among others that have continued impoverishing the African masses. Our call for an alternative political and economic model for Africa could never be more appropriate than now. And that call is Socialism.
The fundamental analysis of the work of these neo-colonial forces remains key in understanding the role they play in keeping our African masses ill-informed, misguided and fall into the economic traps of the imperialist puppets oppressing and exploiting the African people. In collaboration with the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, we also call for Africans everywhere in the globe to fight and demand for the withdrawal of the imperialist sanctions on Zimbabwe, Cuba, and Venezuela, which are all acts of war.
As the RSL and the RCIT, we reiterate our undying support for all progressive and revolutionary liberation movements across the world fighting against imperialism, capitalism, and neo-colonialism. We support the peoples of Western Sahara, Palestine, West Papua, Kurdistan and all those fighting for their independence, recognition, and human dignity. Their struggles remain our struggles, and their victories remain our victories. The total liberation of the African continent truly remains the gateway to the liberation of all the oppressed and exploited people in the world, and for this reason our international solidarity for workers and liberation movements across the world remain solid.
In reclaiming our sovereignty, we call on the African people to unite for our victory lies on our unity as the masses of Africa. From the industrial workers in South Africa, the farmers in Madagascar, the students in Algeria, the community activists in Kenya, women movements in the Congo, revolutionaries in Ghana, and every other exploited social group of the oppressed class in the continent. Despite different socio-cultural settings of our multi-ethnic Africa, we suffer under the same economic and political enemy who we must unite to defeat. These are the enemies who benefit from the political instability of Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, Sudan, northern Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia, Chad, among others. They are responsible for the economic exploitation of the DRC, Zambia, Gabon, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Ivory Coast among other countries. Furthermore, they directly contribute to the right-wing terrorism of the peoples of Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, and other nations.
It is therefore our revolutionary goodwill to celebrate this day together with every African who share the same political and economic identity and ideology in the total liberation anywhere in the world. Our call for a united Africa under socialism will continue until it reaches the furthest receptive ear. We believe that for this to be achieved, Africa needs a new identity of a human being, as Kwame Nkrumah puts it, “For this end Africa needs a new type of citizen, a dedicated, modest, honest and informed man. A man submerges self in service to the nation and mankind. A man who abhors greed and detests vanity. A new type of man whose humility is his strength and whose integrity is his greatness”.
Finally, we offer our revolutionary greetings to all the children of Africa, to the oppressed and exploited people of Latin America and Asia, and to all the progressive revolutionaries in Europe, North America, and Australia. The liberation of Africa remains the golden key to the liberation of the masses of the world and the answer to socialism internationally.
Revolutionary African Liberation Day!
Forward with the African Liberation!
Afrika Moja, Afrika Huru.
25th May 2020.