Open Letter from the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) to the Workers and Poor in Sierra Leone
Lusaka (Zambia), 15.11.2017, www.thecommunists.net
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We send you our warmest greetings of international solidarity! We share your grief about the losses of up to 2.000 people as a result of the horrible landslide on 14 August 2017 in Freetown Sierra Leone.
While the immedeate trigger of this catastrophe has been heavy rainfalls, the real cause is not natural but manmade. Let us state this explicitely: it is the responsibility of the ruling class and their imperialist masters. Their reckless drive for profit resulted in unrestricted deforestation so that in the last decade, Sierra Leone cleared approximately 800,000 hectares of forest cover. The government's non-existent housing policy for the poor people resulted in the unregulated construction of houses and the narrowing of water passageways.
We therefor strongly welcome those campaigns in Sierra Leone which accuse the corrupt elite and demand public inquiry and accountability. Likewise we unreservedly support the initiative for a global day of action on 20 November under the hashtag #InvestigateRedMonday.
Such campaigns are important as the reckless deforestation and appalling housing for the poor is not restricted to Sierra Leone. In fact it is a characteristic feature in many countries in Africa and beyond. This is the rersult of the greedy and anarchic nature of capitalism: business is striving fanatically to increse its profits irrespective of the consequences for the people and nature. Corrupt bureaucrats in ministeries sell licenscies for reckless construction projects in exchange for a few bucks. This is how capitalism works and as long as this system exists it can not be otherwise.
In our “Manifesto for the Revolutionary Liberation of Black Africa”, which we adopted at the recent RCIT Congress in Lusaka (Zambia), we emphasized that in order to overcome the misery caused by capitalism the workers and the urban and rural poor must organize for a socialist revolution – in their own country, in Africa and globally. We call all revolutionary activists in Africa to join us in this struggle for the liberation of the African workers and poor and to build together a revolutionary party – in Africa and globally!
Long live international solidarity!
Forward to socialism!
Mainda Simataa (RCIT Africa and General Secretary of ELA Zambia)
Matomola Likwanya (RCIT Africa and Deputy General Secretary of ELA Zambia)
Michael Pröbsting (International Secretary of the RCIT)