Oxford, UK—On Thursday, January 24, 2019, Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People’s Socialist Party participated in a formal debate, titled “The Africa Debate” at the Oxford Union.
The Oxford Union is recognized as one of the world’s main stages for political figures and other prominent persons. They consistently invite key forces to participate at their events, which can be a “Full Address,” “Panel Discussion,” “Head to Head Debate” or a “Thursday evening formal debate.”
Oxford described their Thursday evening formal debates as a tradition that has been held for over 190 years, “in which world experts argue passionately about their conflicting beliefs,” thereby recognizing Chairman Omali Yeshitela as a world expert on Africa.
Oxford also recognized the Chairman’s leadership on the question of Africa directly, in their invitation email, stating:
“With a lifetime of fighting for freedom for African people, you are a globally inspiring champion for racial equality and socialism. Your vision has been crucial to shaping the theory of African Internationalism and indeed the socialist movement world-wide. This timely debate would be hugely benefited by your irreplaceable perspective and input.”
The invitation email also acknowledged the historic debate that the revolutionary Malcolm X participated in on December 03, 1964. Our Party’s Chairman will be the first African revolutionary to participate in a debate at the Oxford Union, since Malcolm X’s appearance 55 years ago.
The Chairman will be speaking to the theme “This House Would Embrace An Ever Closer African Union.” The question reads: The African Union is the world’s largest and most ambitious example of regional integration. However, it now finds itself in the geopolitical maelstrom of growing Chinese influence and a burgeoning American presence. Does Africa need an ever closer Union, or is it better off looking to the wider world?
The Oxford Union’s description of Chairman Omali Yehsitela as the “founder of the Uhuru Movement, an African Internationalist organisation
which claims the only way for Africans to achieve liberation is to struggle for an all-African socialist government,” highlights that there can be no discussion around the unity and/or future of Africa and African people without the African Internationalist worldview being considered a legitimate worldview.
Our Party’s Chairman will be part of the proposition team which includes Amelia Kambedde, a member of the Ugandan Parliament and Cabinet Minister of Trade, Industry & Cooperatives; and Reuben Brigety, a diplomat who previously served as the United States Ambassador to the African Union and Permanent Representative to the Unites Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
The opposition team speakers include Cellou Dalein Diallo, Prime Minister of Guinea between 2004 and 2006 and current President of the opposition party Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea; Professor Arthur Mutambara, Professor of Engineering and management consultant who also served as the Former President of one of the Movement of Democratic Change (MDC) parties and Deputy Prime Minster of Zimbabwe between 2009 and 2013; and last but not least, Carine Kaneza Nantulya; Africa Advocacy Director within the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch, which is an international non-governmental organization.
We cannot think for a moment that The Oxford Union is interested in the African revolution, or that “The House Would Embrace An Ever Closer African Union” means the same thing as the “House” wanting Africa and African people around the world to unite to take control over our own lives, wealth and resources.
We must see this as a great opportunity for African people to be exposed to the only revolutionary theory and revolutionary movement that will put all power back into the hands of poor and working class African people and other oppressed peoples around the world.
The Uhuru Movement is proud of our Chairman and we know that at the public release of the debates, the entire African nation will soon experience the same sense of pride.
Long live Chairman Omali Yeshitela, the Leader of the African Nation!
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