Saturday, 13 April 2019

97th birthday of Julius Nyerere

(Born 13 April 1922, Butiama, Tanzania)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

MWALIMU!  Arguably, the African World’s most principled leader of the 20th century... 

Head of Tanganyika African National Union, beginning 1954, which spearheads the restoration-of-independence movement in Tanzania that successfully frees the country in 1961 from 80 years of dual German and British conquests and occupations... Such is Britainraging greed to gobble up every slice of this magnificent African cake”, as génocidaire Belgian King Leopold II once ravenously described the gargantuan riches of Africa, that it seizes Tanganyika in 1918 after the defeat of Germany in the 1914-18 war to prevent the consequential freedom of the constituent African peoples in this state.

Southern Africa freedom

MWALIMU: president of the freed Tanzania republic, October 1964-November 1985, provides rearguard bases for education, medical care and military training (in Tanzania) for numerous southern African restoration-of-independence movements especially from Mozambique,  Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa (1960s-1990s) – focussing on the latter, South Africa, students and scholars of this conjunctural epoch of African history, 30-40 years ago, have watched, in recent years, usually incredulously as one can imagine, as hundreds of African émigrés in South Africa from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Biafra and elsewhere from Africa are murdered in premeditated campaigns clearly organised by groupings in the country with tacit and at times active support from personages within the South Africa state ... additionally, in this vicious campaign, African émigrés’ residents and businesses have been destroyed and thousands of survivors sent into horrid South Africa refugee camps or forced to return to their various countries.

WE mustn’t ever forget that no restoration-of-independence project in any region of the vast African world in history attracted such captivating support and goodwill from African peoples across this universe as the South Africa liberation. Given this history, it is indeed a catastrophic irony that South Africa that now appears compulsorily to hunt down and murder African peoples from elsewhere domiciled within its frontiers is a monstrous shame and tragedy of contemporary Africa. 

Biafra freedom

MWALIMU: one of the very few leaders in Africa who unequivocally condemns the Igbo genocide, 29 May 1966-12 January 1970 (phases I-III), during which an assemblage of pan-African nations in Nigeria including, especially, FulaniKanuri, HausaTivBachamaNupeJukunYorubaEdo and Urhobo in league with Britain murder 3.1 million Igbo people, 25 per cent of this nation’s population, in this gruesome, foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa, worst genocide in Africa since génocidaire King Leopold II slaughtered 13 Million Africans in the Congo basin of central Africa, 1878-1908; supports the Biafra freedom movement.

East Africa freedom

MWALIMU: plays a key role in the 1978 termination of the Idi Amin Dada (who had earlier on in the 1950s/60s served the British military across the border in Kenya in savage expansive operations to suppress the Mau Mau freedom movement) murderous islamist military junta in neighbouring Uganda, in the same eviscerating squad as genocidists Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and Omar al-Bashier of the Sudan, which the British government in January 1971, under Prime Minister Edward Heath, participated centrally in installing to power principally over Uganda’s democratically elected government Milton Obote’s insistent opposition to the Heath administration’s impending arms sales to the European-minority occupation regime in South Africa, expressly contrary to the existing UN comprehensive arms embargo on the regime to which British is a signatory – another consequence on rest of Africa of these “close encounters” with this country South Africa manifesting so dramatically (and brutally) yet again...
(George Russell Sextet, “Honesty” [personnel: Russell, piano; Don Ellis, trumpet; Dave Baker, trombone; Eric Dolphy, alto saxophone; Steve Swallow, bass; Joe Hunt, drums; recorded: Riverside Records, New York, US, 8 May 1961])

*****Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is the author of The longest genocide – since 29 May 1966 (2019) and co-author, with Lakeson Okwuonicha, of Why #DonaldTrump is #great for #Africa (2018)

Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe

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