It all took a concrete-form when King Mohammed VI of Morocco wrote a lengthy letter to the 27th Africa Union (AU) Summit in Rwanda in July 2016. In the letter the ruler indicatedtheir intention to return to the AU. Morocco had initially walked away from the AU; which at the time was called Organization of African Union (OAU) in 1984 as part of a protest against the AU’s recognition of Western Sahara as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Even then when Morocco had walked away it continued to have a special status within the AU and enjoyed services available to AU members like the African Development Bank. This is a country which was rejected by the European Union, a country which once refused to host African Cup of Nations due to fear of Ebola shunning fellow Africans. They have never seen themselves as part of the glorious African Continent. Nothing has changed to date, what then informs Morocco’s stunts and the voting patterns which transpired at the recent 28th AU summit in Ethiopia.
This time around the Summit had 5 candidates with countries like Botswana, Kenya, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Senegal having interest to lead the Commission. South Africa’s Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had not availed herself as she served a four year term. She is the first female to lead the 50 year old continental organization. Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was elected the new chair of the Commission.
Disappointing is how a majority of African leaders have agreed with the return of Morocco shunning the oppressed. In majority these are leaders who continue to oppress their people in their respective countries. It is not shocking that Chad, Sudan, Tunisia, Senegal and Equatorial Guinea see nothing wrong with the return of Morocco. They too have a long standing history of abusing their people. As a people we note that countries like Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Algeria,Botswana, Namibia and South Africa were and are still opposed to this move by the AU. For they know how it feels to be oppressed in your own country.
The return is an insult to the people of Western Sahara and Africans in general.It is saddening because as a people, with our history of blood shed, human slavery, abuse to human rights and refusal to self determination a country like Morocco can do as it pleases and African leaders affirm their actions. Their return is that affirmation. Their return compromises our leaders.
It is understood that Morocco has no plans to back-down on their oppression against the people of the Western Sahara. Their return to the Union is a plot to disadvantage and eventually push for the removal ofWestern Sahara out of the AU.
Before the election they were nowhere because in the Arab block they are suffocated, EU rejected them and their only hope was AU. Africa leaders are beingused with a very weak memory of remembrance. They seek to silence the voice Sahrawi people. The move is going to set the continent aback, the Sahrawi people must be liberated.
African leaders are faced with a huge problem, how will they manage the crisisof human rights abuse in the Northern Country and their illegal occupation? What these leaders have done is to undo the continuous positive efforts by member states in assisting the people of Western Sahara. They have played into a wrong gallery which says ‘ African leaders careless about the well being of their people’. They have affirmed a formalized apartheid. It being a serious crime.
As the new term for the recently elected Moussa Faki Mahamat starts, he enters in office with a huge task at hand a midst the already existing turmoil in the continent. The recent election will test his commitment to a better continent. He also must prove to us that he wont be a puppet of France.