[Marxism] Pan-Africanists: Our Collective Duty to Zimbabwe

Pance Stojkovski pance at rogers.com
Sat Jun 21 05:57:25 MDT 2008

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 115 .... June 21, 2008

Pan-Africanists: Our Collective Duty to Zimbabwe

By Horace Campbell and Eusi Kwayana

Experiences in Guyana, in Kenya and in Zimbabwe have taught us that it is a
mistake to adopt western standards of victory as our own, write Horace
Campbell and Eusi Kwayana. Victory for us must mean reconciliation of
divided populations. Reconciliation will fail utterly if it is imposed; or
allows free rein to corruption, militarism or if it ignores the choices of
the people in valid elections. We have responsibility as progressives and
Pan-Africanists to Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe, a week before the run off elections for the Presidency, presents
many progressive Pan Africanists with a conflict, be it in analysis or

There are four main competing interests in Zimbabwe, as it is today. First,
but not in order of importance are the interests of the ruling party and
its supporters. These are followed by those of the Opposition, the Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC) and its supporters. Next are the vested
interests of the white minority settlers supported heavily by the United
Kingdom and the neo-conservatives of the Bush Administration in the United
States. Finally, but first in rating, there are the interests of all the
producers (workers, poor peasants, farm workers, traditional healers,
cultural workers, students, traders, hawkers etc.) in Zimbabwe. This last
group has been rendered poor and powerless by the present government of
Robert Mugabe and the ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union,
Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).

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