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The African continent should flex its muscle and end the continued colonisation of an African nation by a fellow African country. Currently, Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic is the only African country which is still under foreign occupation.

As Media Review Network, we still lament the fact that there is need to put maximum effort towards total independence on the continent and Palestine which still remains under the Zionist oppression.

“As we celebrate Africa Day, we celebrate the liberation of the continent and the commitment that Africa’s independence would not be complete, unless and until all the African countries and Palestine were free from colonial rule.

“This objective is almost achieved but has not been fully achieved because we still have Western Sahara, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic which is still under colonial occupation. The irony of the colonial occupation is that the occupying power is another African country, Morocco, something which was never imagined in the heyday of the African Liberation struggle.

Africa Day is an extremely important day on Africa’s calendar as it is all about independence. Perhaps its about time we ask this question, why does South Africa not mark this day as a very important day on its calendar?

To underline this, the organisation set up the African Liberation Committee which was based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, whose main task was to mobilise support for the Liberation Movement on the African continent.

There is need to accelerate intra-African trade to boost the continent’s trading position in the global market by strengthening Africa’s common voice and policy space in global trade negotiations.

It is a day that we recall, the journey that we have travelled over the years. Africa went through one of the most terrible periods in its history when our fathers and mothers were forcibly taken away as slaves to the Americas, many perished on the way even after slavery has been banned, Africans never enjoyed equal status with their European counterparts.

Immediately after the banning of slavery, the Berlin Conference took place and Europe partitioned Africa. It took several years of bitter African struggle to liberate the rest of Africa. As we speak only Western Sahara is still under colonial rule. Otherwise, the rest of Africa is now free. The dream that our founding fathers of Africa always had was to form a united Africa with a single governing authority.

As Media Review Network, we call upon all progressive forces on the continent to ensure that as we celebrate this very important day, we should never forget our Palestinian brothers and sisters, who by the way, have always been our comrades in arms right from the inception of the Africa Liberation Committee. Viva Africa! Viva Palestine!

Issued by:
Dr. Mustafa Mheta
Senior Researcher/Head of Africa Desk
Media Review Network
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