Imperialist crises in the Central African Republic; The rebels seek neocolonial continuity, not change

The change sought in the Central African Republic (CAR) by Séléka, the alliance leading the armed rebellion against the neocolonial government of president Francois Bozize, if it succeeds, will be nothing but neocolonialist continuity. (Séléka is a Sango word which means alliance or coalition.)

The African petty bourgeoisie class would still maintain power, no matter the outcome of this struggle, to manage the affairs of French and U.S. imperialism in CAR.

Even if an accord is reached between the warring factions, it will only mean shared neocolonialist rule. They would all get a piece of the imperialist crumbs from the table.

According to Le Figaro, a newspaper of the French ruling class, “the leader (of Séléka), Michel Djotodja, the founder of the Union for Rally of Democratic Forces (member of Séléka) and former civil servant of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has a long past as a rebel, yet he is unknown by the majority of his fellow citizens."

These so-called rebel forces gathered within Séléka are now coming out of anonymity to have their turn to access neocolonial power. Which means it is their turn to get rich.

The people might not know them but the French do.

According to Jeuneafrique, Séléka includes the following formations: “the Convention of the Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP), the Union for Rally of Democratic Forces (UFDR), the Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC) and the Patriotic Convention for the Salvation of Kodro (CPSK). The movement has as many spokesmen and factions.

As in Mali and Libya, imperialism is repeating its refrain: It is the people from the North and their ranks are full of Muslims. Insinuating that the struggle against worldwide terrorism is a possibility and it must be combated, they say.

European and North American imperialism continue to be the first enemy of African people everywhere in Africa and around the world. We must help our people to identify all manifestations or forms of imperialism, such as colonialism and neocolonialism.

The ceasefire agreement between the rebels and the government do not put an end to the crisis of imperialism in the Central African Republic. Nor would it put an end to the suffering that is being imposed on the masses.

On January 10, 2013 in Libreville, Gabon, the heads of state of the Community of Central African States (CEEAC), Ali Bongo (Gabon), Denis Sassou Nguesso (Congo–Brazzaville), Idriss Déby (Chad) and Teodore Obiang Nguema (Equatorial Guinea), succeeded in imposing a ceasefire for a week's duration between the rebel armed forces, the “civil” opposition and the regime of François Bozizé.

On February 6, the leaders of Séléka announced their entry into the government of François Bozizé.

It is not a question of good faith negotiations, but of the military power of forces on the ground. It was the military victory by Séléka that made it possible for its personnel to take control of the ministries of defense and finance of the Central African Republic.

Michel Djotodja of Séléka thus became vice prime minister and minister of finance.
On a proposal from the leaders of the opposition, the post of prime minister was given to Nicolas Tiangay, former president of the National Council of Transition in 2003. He is also the lawyer who defended the world renowned tyrant, Jean Bedel Bokassa, the former president of CAR.

Admittedly, François Bozizé's regime has certainly been weakened, but Séléka’s direction leading to neocolonialism has widened.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, since the people can now identify the large majority of imperialist collaborators who hide under the masks of civil or democratic opposition groups.

Only forces directed by General Nouredine Adam have refused to make any compromises with the regime of François Bozizé, and consequently have left the Séléka alliance.

Martin Ziguelé, an opponent of the Bozizé regime, was quoted in the monthly magazine Jeune Afrique revealing the transitory character of this collective neocolonialist rule.

It stated that Bozizé will remain in place until the end of his mandate in 2016, but that it “will not be able to revoke the new prime minister for the transitional period of 12 months.”

Mass poverty in the Central African Republic

It is difficult to believe that a country larger than France and as vast as Texas has less than 500 km of paved roads! Herein lies the typical example of French parasitic capitalist exploitation of Africa.

The Central African Republic is rich in gold, diamonds, , wood, etc. The economy of the CAR is dominated by Air France, Bolloré (logistic and river transport), Castel (drinks and sugar), Total (storage and distribution of the petroleum products), CFAO for the automobile distribution, etc.

These multinational companies did not go to the Central African Republic to become poor, but to grow rich.

The country is so impoverished that the crumbs left by the French results in a wild competition between the elements of the African petty bourgeoisie, leading to the chronic instability characterized by the numerous coups d’états in the CAR.

None of the warring factions demand the withdrawal of French imperialism from the country or from the region. They fight amongst themselves to serve France and then themselves.
French imperialism is the temporary beneficiary of this crisis.

They use Chad, where France has a military base to channel arms and troops through.
The Chadian soldiers were the first African mercenaries under French command to aid in the occupation of Mali.

Idriss Deby, the Chadian president is only in power thanks to the intervention of the French military on his behalf.

To stop the crisis in the Central African Republic it is necessary to put an end to the export of African resources in the form of uranium, diamonds, gold, copper and timber, none of which are benefiting the people.

These resources go toward the development of Europe, North America and the whole white world to sustain parasitic capitalism.

Only the African revolution is capable of expelling definitively and irreversibly France out of Africa, and put the humiliating “Francafrique” in the dustbin of history.

The workers, in alliance with poor peasants, must organize themselves within the African Socialist International to seize the power in Central African Republic and to advance the ASI’s plan of the total liberation and unification of Africa and African People.

Death to French imperialism and neocolonialism!
Build the African Socialist International!


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