Haiti and the African Union: Why the AU cannot solve the problems of the African masses

SWEDEN––It was announced on May 3, 2016 that Haiti would become a Member State of the African Union (AU).

The African Union Commission, however, informed the public on May 26, 2016 at their summit in Kigali, Rwanda that Haiti will not be admitted as a Member State of the African Union, as been reported by several media sources.

According to one of AU’s Constitutive Acts, only African States can join the African Union.

The AU has, since a special Summit took place in Johannesburg, Occupied Azania (South Africa) in 2012, been striving to deepen their relationship with the African Diaspora through different programs.

This is why, according to one source, “Haiti is collaborating well with African Union through the program diaspora, and will therefore only maintain observer status.”

The African Union has its roots in the Organization of African Unity (OAU)

The emerge and consolidation of the Organization of African Unity was a response by Ghana’s then-President Kwame Nkrumah’s call for a united Africa. As a result, 32 African countries gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 24, 1963.

During Kwame Nkrumah’s famous speech at the summit, he emphasized the importance of having a single African State that must serve the interest of Africa, breaking free from foreign colonial powers.

In President Nkrumah’s own words, “Independence is only the prelude to a new and more involved struggle for the right to conduct our own economic and social affairs; to construct our society according to our aspirations, unhampered by crushing and humiliating neocolonialist controls and interference.”

It was on that day of the founding of the OAU, May 25, 1963, where it was resolved to make that date African Liberation Day, which we see being celebrated by Africans all over the world still to this day.

Despite this declaration, liberation struggles of African people are still unresolved everywhere

During the 1960s, liberation struggles were being waged by Africans and other colonized peoples everywhere in the world.

We saw this in Guinea Bissau, where the anti-colonial struggle was led by heroic leader Amilcar Cabral fighting the Portuguese. We also saw the Mau Mau in Kenya fighting against the British colonial rule.

In the U.S., our heroic leaders such as Malcolm X and Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party were killed by the U.S government.

We also saw the reckless public execution of revolutionary President Patrice Lumumba of the Congo.

Kwame Nkrumah’s vision was different to that of the OAU

Kwame Nkrumah’s vision was different to that of the OAU. Which was why he later was deposed of in Ghana by U.S. imperialism in 1966.

President Nkrumah had genuine aspirations for the African working class, unlike the OAU.

The OAU represents a petty bourgeoisie entity that lives at the expense of the masses, just like the African Union does today.

The AU emerged because the OAU, “issued the Sirte Declaration calling for the establishment of a new African Union.”

There is no difference between the OAU and the AU. They both represent the African petty bourgeoisie. The task of the AU is to protect the status quo, which is possible mainly through financial aid from the European Union (EU) itself.

The European Union is a imperialist institution that was born at the expense of Africans and other colonized peoples and requires the ongoing looting of the rest of the colonized world in order to uphold their position.

Therefore, even if Haiti would become a Member State of the African Union, the reality of the African working class would still remain the same as the AU has a different material interest than to the rest of the masses.

The African Socialist International (ASI) is a continuation of Nkrumah’s struggle for State power in the hands of the African working class

The African Socialist International understands that the AU is not able to solve the problems of the African nation, nor has the intention to do so.

Never have they spoken on the behalf of the poor peasants who produce all the wealth in Africa, nor charge imperialist white power for the murders of our heroes like Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, Amilcar Cabral and many more.

And neither did the AU support Muammar Gaddafi’s, former president of Libya, several efforts to build the African Nation, separately from foreign colonial powers.

The AU, however, were available to carry out military missions in Africa to facilitate imperialist foreign policy objectives.

As Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) says:  “The imperialists succeeded in installing neocolonial puppets in power throughout the world to preside over the looting that keeps a parasitic imperialist world system alive at the expense of the resources, dignity and sovereignty of Africans and others.”

With that being said, it is crucial that the African working class worldwide understands the relationship we have with imperialism white power and the neocolonial leadership we see in Africa and in other colonized nations in the world.

The African revolutionary heroes of the 60s were not able to finish the struggle for liberation.

This is why the APSP has waged several struggles since the 60s, unifying Africans from all over the world in order to bring this misery to an end.

We are doing this by bringing the African working class back to political life under African Internationalism, which is the ideology of the African working class.

The ASI calls on any genuine freedom loving person in Haiti and the rest of the African world to be a part of this struggle for liberation of Africa and her people.

“We must unite now or perish” – Kwame Nkrumah

 Join the ASI for freedom cannot wait!

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