via Liberation movements express solidarity with Zanu-PF | The Herald 5 December 2014 by Kuda Bwititi
Liberation movements from across the world have expressed their unflinching solidarity with Zanu-PF, while calling on the revolutionary party to maintain its ideals that have reverberated across the globe.
Giving their solidarity messages at the Zanu-PF 6th National People’s Congress yesterday, six liberation movements – ANC from South Africa, Namibia’s SWAPO, PPRD from the Democratic Republic of Congo, SPLM from South Sudan, Sudan’s NCP and Cuba’s Communist Party – and the December 12 Movement from the United States said they shared a symbiotic bond with Zanu-PF owing to its revolutionary beliefs.
ANC treasurer-general Cde Zweli Mkhize said Zanu-PF and his party were sister movements bound by similar foundations.
He said the ANC leadership recognised the nomination of First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe to assume leadership of the Zanu-PF Women’s League.
“From His Excellency President Jacob Zuma, president of the ANC and President of South Africa and the entire leadership of the ANC, we wish to congratulate the First Lady Amai Mugabe for her nomination as the leader of the Women’s League,” said Cde Mkhize.
He said Zanu-PF’s victory in last year’s harmonised elections would advance the fight to achieve economic freedom, not only for Zimbabwe, but for the region.
“We are confident that this 6th National People’s Congress will come up with resolutions that will ensure a better Zimbabwe, which will lead to a better SADC and a better continent,” said Cde Mkhize.
SWAPO secretary-general Cde Mbuba Nangolo Mbumba said his party was aware of the machinations that had been gathering steam to divide the party prior to the congress.
“We are aware of the deliberate strategy aimed at destroying the progressive unity and peace in the sub-region,” he said.
“Such events are disturbing and tragic and they have the effect to systematically decimate gains made by sister revolutionary movements.
“It is time for us as the senior parties to close ranks and get rid of these forces and their obnoxious tactics.
“We have no doubt that the Zanu-PF ruling party under the vibrant leadership of His Excellency Cde President Mugabe will emerge united and ready to continue the process of guiding this great nation for generations to come. The SWAPO party salutes you, Zanu-PF, in your process to continue the accelerated implementation of the Zim-Asset.”
PPRD secretary-general Cde Everiste Boshab said the union between DRC and Zimbabwe was difficult to crack.
“This invitation is a strong signal of our long tradition of friendship and sincere collaboration that exists between our two countries and our two political organisations,” he said.
SPLM secretary-general Dr Anne Itto Leonardo said Zanu-PF was an inspiration to her party and her country as Africa’s newest nation which achieved its independence on July 9, 2011.
NCP representative Cde Elosadra Ali said his country shared the same challenge with Zimbabwe of having been slapped with sanctions by the West.
“The two parties have a long and strong relationship which has developed,” he said.
“We understand the challenges facing Zimbabwe and we are confident that Zimbabwe will do well under the leadership of President Mugabe.”
Cuban representative Cde Jorge Luis Lopez Tormo said Zimbabwe was the embodiment of the fight against imperialism.
December 12 Movement representative Cde Coltrane Chimurenga said members of his organisation considered themselves to be Zimbabweans because of their admiration for President Mugabe.
He lauded First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, saying she carried the positive spirit of Mbuya Nehanda.
Cde Chimurenga took a swipe at USA President Barack Obama, saying he had turned America into a police state.
He said President Mugabe’s star has risen across the world because he has never betrayed the revolution.
“President Mugabe has always been a servant of the people,” he said.
“He always says the truth. We say no to factionalism, we say no to people who say the West is best, they are Judases.”
More representatives of liberation movements from across the world are expected to give their solidarity speeches today.