By David Nyekorach Matsanga
The African Union (AU) is holding its 19th extraordinary Summit meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The week-long summit started Monday and will culminate in the election of a new Chairperson of the AU Commission. My organization has considered the main pillars during the formation of the OAU (now called AU). My organization has looked at the dream of the founding fathers of UNITY. The dream of the late founding fathers, namely Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, Tanzania’s Julius Kambarage Nyerere, Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta, Senegal’s Ahmed Sekou Toure, Egypt’s Abdel Nasser, Congo’s Patrice Lumumba, Uganda’s Milton Obote and many others, was to have a United Africa with full political determination. Today this dream is shattered. It seems Africa is still manipulated and used to fight each other after 50 years of Independence.
Both the current chairman of the AU Commission, Dr Jean Ping (above) and the South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, have put their cards on the table to vie for the post of AU Chairperson. Both candidates have qualities and are both senior Africans whose commitment to serving the AU is not questionable. Campaigns have ranged on since the first attempt in January – February 2012. But does Africa have the dream of Unity? Who has put a knife on what held together? Are things falling apart in Africa? Is Africa becoming an NGO state where states like Malawi and Botswana are used in undermining the letter and spirit of AU?
It is now clear that the AU, through the maneuvers of our former colonial masters, has been divided on Anglo- Franco zones that are threatening the existence of the only body that unifies Africa. These blocs are working as an impediment to our unity. The AU is politically polarized due to the election of a Chairperson of the commission. It is wrong for people of Africa to be classified or Balkanized into colonial zones. This will kill the unity of the AU. The AU is a cosmopolitan organization based on faith and hope for a United Africa. It should not be divided through colonial hangovers. Africa should condemn such actions of the Western nations that have no respect [for] `its institutions at the age 50 years of independence.
The achievements of Chairman Ping speak volumes and under his stewardship Africa has seen pride as a continent. Equally the hard working Minister of Home Affairs of South Africa, Madam Zuma, has immensely contributed to the continent. As a former South African Foreign Minister, Zuma trotted the globe defending Africa. She exhibited a high quality of analysis of African problems. BUT the draconian laws and norms of the AU charter regarding diluted regionalism could bring down the African body. The AU Heads of State should re-visit the procedure and make quick changes to avoid a political disaster. Let the elections be held on merit not on regionalism. It is a shame for Africans to stick to regionalism while at the same time looking at the integration of Africa. The danger to African UNITY is misplaced regionalism and this could destroy the continent.
Africa World Media requests African Heads of State to put to question the role and partisan criminal proclivity of former colonial powers that are now seeking to divide the AU on Anglo- Franco zones. The manner in which Libya was dismembered, the way AU was side lined on Ivory Coast, the way the AU has been sidelined on the matters of ICC as regards the Sudan and Kenyan cases, are clear examples that the hand of colonialists is behind the dismembering of African Union.