Date: Wed Jun 10 2009 - 15:11:52 EDT
New and Independent African Union: A Precondition for Development of our Continent
June 10, 2009, 12:48
The Organization for African Unity that was formed to foster unity and economic development of the African People, in its half-century of existence has only ended up being an inept body. It has since shed the goals outlined at the time of its founding. Hence, its existence has become irrelevant and also it has lost value and credibility of itself and the African people it supposedly represents.
These days, the organization which was previously characterized as an incompetent and passive entity, is being seen lending its voice and acting as a tool for external forces, western spy networks and the agents of neo-colonialism.
It is to be recalled that the Organization for African Unity, or as it is known these days as the African Union, has failed to make any contribution whatsoever in the upkeep of founding objectives such as ensuring Africa’s political stability, safeguarding human rights of fellow Africans and directing the course of developmental endeavors in the continent. If we were to count its only ‘contributions’, we would find out that they were only roles and involvement of blunders and shameful misdeeds. And for this reason, the very name of the organization has become one that of humiliation and embarrassment for Africans.
However, lamenting and bewailing the golden times that were lost because of the ineptitude of the organization would boil down to nothing but wasting valuable time and opportunities. Previously, attempts to restructure the Organization of African Unity by changing its name to African Union were futile. Drawing experience from the past attempts, the only remaining thing to do for us Africans is to throw the organization in the dustbin of history and forming another organization having no relation or resemblance to the current one; as such a new organization is a perquisite for the development of Africa and its people.
And above all, there is the need for setting up a strong and effective organization, one that will not become subservient to western forces and their puppets. The only thing left for the African people is to close the chapters of the past and resolutely criticize the ways the organization is being run, and thus map out a new path for radical changes without any delay.
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