Lumumba warns Africa against Chinese neo-colonialism
05 February 2014, 17:51
Nairobi - The renowned scholar and former Director of the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, Prof Patrick Lumumba (PLO) has warned that the rising invasion of China and other Asian countries into the African continent with their aggressive economic activities will lead to re-colonization of Africa.
Lumumba said that the continent’s expression of low esteem by seeking economic and development support from the international community puts Africa at the risk of neo-colonialism instead of making use of its vast available skilled human resource.
“The problem of Africa is low esteem and that is why it will remain the underdogs of who they are. It was colonized by European powers such as Britain, France, German, Portugal and Spain, and China is also moving towards colonizing the continent,” said Lumumba.
He cited the case of Zimbabwe where he claimed the Chinese currency - Yuan- is recognized as a legal tender.
He noted that the current African leaders have failed to carry on the spirit of the founding fathers who fought for the unity of the continent through the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which is currently known as the African Union (AU).
“We sometimes are oblivious of the history and that many lives were lost. We sometimes forget that. Africans cannot feed themselves? We cannot feed ourselves because we have no respect for ourselves. We hate ourselves,” lamented Lumumba.
Lumumba further cited that the deployment of French forces in the troubled West and Central Africa reveals to the world that Africans have no respect among themselves.
He added that AU’s Jubilee celebration does not reflect the fulfillment of the continent’s dream of its founders. He said Africans’ migration to other continents for greener pastures is contrary to the 1 800 century when African leaders fought against being taken to Europe and America as slaves.
Lumumba challenged young people to change their neo-colonialism mindset for Africa to realize its full economic potential as well as governments to embrace good leadership by shunning away from foreign aid.
He was speaking in marking the 2014 Black History Month dubbed “The Impact of Civil Rights Movement on the Liberation Struggle in Africa: Modeling a 21st Century Engagement.”
Black History Month is marked every February in honor of renowned anti-slavery campaigners, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, to appreciate the contributions of Black people in the world history.
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