By Staff Reporter
The Socialist Party Zambia says Sub Saharan Africa is committed to international solidarity by uniting the struggle of the masses against capitalism and imperialism.
According to a statement posted on the Socialist Party website ahead of the international assembly scheduled for February 2019, the party’s General Secretary Dr Cosmas Musumali said Africa is looking forward to attending the Venezuela solidarity conference.
“We just had our pan African conference in Ghana in September this year, and the theme of that conference was Uniting the struggle of the masses against capitalism and imperialism. We drew a lot of conclusions; we gained a lot of insights in that conference. And this is the value addition that we are bringing as a continent to Caracas” He said.
Dr Musumali stressed that Sub Saharan Africa sees the conference as an opportunity to merge forces and bring together diverse struggles of the masses whilst developing a global anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist front in the process.
“This is necessary, it is also timely, we live in a world today that is fragmented. A world in which globalised capitalism is creating havoc in all communities. We live in times of uncertainty, times of war and times of increased poverty of the masses. It is seen everywhere in Europe, in Latin America and even in Africa, rightist parties, parties that are anti-democratic coming into power,” reads part of statement.
“And this is not a good development for the entire humanity. As sub Saharan Africa we stand firm with the people of Venezuela, we support and are confident that the aims of the Bolivarian revolution will prosper and will triumph”.
He said the Sub Saharan comrades fight for justice, equity and peace which was what the Bolivarian revolution stood for.
“So as we come into Caracas in February 2019, it is going to be a joyous occasion. We would want to celebrate the victories of the Bolivarian revolution. A lot has happened over the past years, despite the siege, despite all the troubles that have been brought in against the people of Venezuela. But they have stood firm and they are still resisting. And this has to be celebrated,” he said.
He further pointed out that the international assembly is a journey that is not going to end in plenary but a walk of struggle for the years to come and thus, the need for the delegates to exchange ideas on the diverse struggles.
“We also want the world to know, we want the capitalist world to understand that we would not stand by as Sub Saharan Africa and allow the destruction of a wonderful project that the Bolivarian revolution began. Africa has suffered from capitalism, the past 400 years we have drawn lessons. It is a continent that has been plundered, it has been brutalized, and we understand very well” he said.
He said Sub Saharan Africa knew what the people of Venezuela were going through and wanted to use the occasion to offer solidarity and to let the world know of its position.
Sub Saharan Africa is going to be represented by over 200 delegates in the Caracas meeting which is scheduled to take place in February 2019.