Morocco has got to leave West Sahara
THE Moroccan ambassador to South Africa, Yousef Amrani, wrote an article titled “Morocco Committed to Africa” which was published in our sister publication The Star’s early edition on July 29.
In the piece, he sought to chronicle the good things that his government, under the leadership of his Majesty King Mohammed VI, had achieved.
There is no problem for any country, for that matter, to take stock of its achievements, but it should be done with utmost fairness and without any strangling of others whatsoever.
The divisions that exist within the African Union (AU) concerning the issue of Western Sahara are disgusting to say the least. They show that the AU and its leadership are incapable of uniting on certain key issues of importance to the continent.
Morocco is using the resources it is exploiting from Western Sahara to buy support and it seems it is succeeding on that front.
I would like to remind the AU and its leadership that they erred in the first place when they readmitted Morocco to their ranks before demanding that it pull its forces from Western Sahara. This shows the quality of leadership that we have on the continent, and indeed at the helm of the AU. The AU went against one of its most important founding pillars, which was “the liberation of every inch of the continent” from colonial occupation.
Morocco appears to be an extension of yesteryear colonisers and an appendage of Zionist Israel.
We therefore call on the AU to renounce her membership of the AU until it completely withdraws from Western Sahara. By recognising Morocco as a full member of the AU, the continental body risk implicating the whole of Africa by recognising this colonial power.
I am completely saddened by the behaviour of certain regional bodies on our continent. The role that has and is being played by the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) in this regard smacks of captivity.
This body is under the ambit of France, which still plays the colonial master over much of this region. Nigeria, which is supposed to give leadership to the region, has been incapacitated by the imposed war on terror and is used as leverage by the Zionist and colonial countries to keep it in check. Southern African countries owe their liberation to the good will and support of the (OAU) now AU.
Western Sahara is a sparsely populated area of mostly desert situated on the north west coast of Africa. A former Spanish colony, it was annexed by Morocco in 1975. Since then, it has been the subject of a long-running territorial dispute between Morocco and its indigenous Saharawi people.
Earlier in the year, when the pandemic hit Africa, Morocco dispatched Covid-19 PPE to certain African countries as donations to support them in the fight against the pandemic.
Well, that is a good thing to do and we commend them for a job well done by coming to the aid of their brothers and sisters in Africa. But I wonder if the same hospitality was accorded the people of Western Sahara.
Ambassador Yousef Amrani, please stop lecturing Africa on unity when your country is actually occupying the last remaining colony on the African continent. Please get out of Western Sahara and allow those people the right to self-determination without delay. No one on the continent will ever respect your great country as long as it is an occupying force.