Former Nepalese PM, Kumar says liberation is possible for Africa
By Staff Reporter
FORMER Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar says its possible to liberate a determined people.
And Socialist Party General Secretary Dr Cosmas Musumali says Pan Africanism that embraces capitalism is a contradiction to its ideological understanding.
Addressing the 3th Annual Conference of the Pan Africanism Today (PAT) in Winneba, Ghana, Kumar under the theme: Unifying the Struggles of the Masses Against Capitalism and Imperialism – the former Communist Party of Nepal general secretary said the 21st century was a justifiable moment for people to get what they wanted.
“Africa has a band of brave people,” he said. “Let me say, a united people can accomplish what seems impossible. People with determination can face anything. Nothing is impossible in the world.”
Kumar said while Nepal was a landlocked country sandwiched between China and India, it was one country that had no independence celebrations day because it had never been colonized.
He said in Nepal nationalism was so strong.
Kumar said India had twice tried to put Nepal under its rule but the country had never surrendered to any super powers.
“I’m gradually learning the peoples’ struggle of Africa,” he said.
Kumar informed the delegates that in Nepal, the Communist Party had two-third majority in the National Assembly. He said out of the 700 municipalities, the Communist Party controlled over 400.
Kumar noted the level of cruelty of colonial forces in Africa and elsewhere.
“Now, the 21st century is ringing the bell to us – that we must rise up. We have a justifiable moment to get what we want,” said Kumar. “We must unite, with responsibility to the people and say long live the unity of socialist forces of the world.”
Addressing more than 400 delegates to the 3rd Pan Africanism Today (PAT) Conference at Winneba hotel in Ghana this evening,
And presenting the Pan Africanism Today progress report to the delegates, Dr Musumali said there had been significant progress since the first Lusaka conference in 2016.
Dr Musumali explained that the idea of reinvigorating the class struggle was conceived in 2015 at a meeting in Brazil, which culminated into the Lusaka conference the following year.
He said the Lusaka conference defined the pan africanism, which was erroneously used by capitalists, imperialists and non socialists for their now narrow agendas.
“We built consensus that, for us, Pan Africanism was about resilience, is about resistance, is about defiance to oppression – thats what it is today. Under the current situation it is resistance against the oppressive system; thats the capitalist oppressive system,” he said. “And as Nkrumah rightly put it: you cannot have a meaningful pan africanism if it’s not ant-capitalism, if it’s not anti-imperialist – it will be a contradiction.”
Dr Musumali said there were currently a generation of fighters who should hand over the mantle of struggles.
He said the other task arising from the Lusaka conference other than creation of a political school, was exemplifying the progressive voices through a cadre of journalists who were trained. Dr Musumali disclosed that the tasks initiated by the Lusaka conference were all actualised.
Accoring to the report, the second conference held in Tunisia in 2017 also undertook to run sector conferences such as for women, youths, which had been accommodated at the Winneba conference.
He also announced the plans to run a north and west African countries political education programmes this year.