KAMPALA – On August 7-8, 2012, the neocolonial president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, who is also the chairperson of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), invited ten other African neocolonial presidents in the African Great Lakes region to discuss “security” in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
Museveni took this action in response to the fighting between the army of Kabila and the so-called M23 Rebels.
The conference included neocolonial presidents from the DR Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania and Angola. They all make up the member states of the ICGLR.
The conference reaffirmed their previous decisions made in Addis Ababa on July 15, 2012, as well as those made in the meeting of ICGLR ministers of defense in the eastern DR Congo held in Khartoum, Sudan, on August 1, 2012.
Before the conference, there was minor disagreement amongst the neocolonial leaders.
For example, Santos of Angola wanted to send troops in east Congo to fight the so-called M23 Rebels to prevent the incident from rallying the masses against Kabila's neocolonial regime.
The Kabila regime is Santos' strongest ally.
The neocolonial president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, persuaded Santos that Uganda will not allow the situation to get out of their control.
After the media funfair and propaganda, they agreed on the following:
· to establish a subcommittee made up of the ministers of defense of the member states.
· to send an “international neutral army” into eastern DR Congo.
· the subcommittee will provide “details on the operationalization of the neutral International Force” ”to set up a Trust Fund to support victims of the humanitarian crisis in Eastern DR Congo and neighboring countries and urge Member States and other Partners to contribute to the Fund.”
These neocolonial leaders cannot bring peace in Congo
Imposing grandiose solutions without first diagnosing the causes of the problems is what has led the international community to prescribe the wrong medicine for Congo.
The We are Patrice Lumumba Coalition understands that these neocolonial leaders cannot bring peace in the Congo.
We call on the masses to reject this new ”International Neutral Force” as another occupation force to support the failed UN peacekeeping occupation.
These neocolonial armies from the member states could not protect us from NATO's attacks in Libya, nor do they protect their own citizens.
These neocolonial states are part of the problems in Congo and cannot be part of the solution.
These states exist to protect the economic interest of imperialist nations such as the UK, U.S., EU, Japan and increasingly, China at the expense of the African people.
For example, Angola's investment in the Portuguese economy reached $156 million (£99 million) in 2009 to help Portugal recover from the debt crisis, whilst the living standard of the people is ranked 148th on the United Nation's 187-nation Human Development Index, with 66 percent of the population living on less than two dollars a day!
The occupation of Congo did not begin today!
Since 1996, U.S. and UK imperialist governments and multinational companies backed the Rwandan and Ugandan invasion of Congo to remove Mobutu.
It was initially part of a U.S. plan to push French influence out of Central Africa.
The neocolonial governments of Uganda and Rwanda used the occupation of Congo to loot the Congo, impose another neocolonial regime friendly to their own regimes and to prevent the ordinary Congolese from putting in power a popular government.
The occupation was portrayed as a civil war with proxy armies labeled as ”rebels.”
The occupation of Congo is maintained by Kabila's regime, which cannot lead the people in a struggle for national liberation to free Congo from looting, mass rape, poverty or so-called “rebels.”
Africa for Africans, those at home and those abroad!
One Africa, One Nation!