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African liberation movements have betrayed the struggle,turning into replicas of oppressors

By Tendai Ruben Mbofana
Once upon a time, African liberation movements were the only hope for the oppressed majority - who were denied a voice and universal suffrage in their own countries, were persecuted for standing up against repression and subjugation, and excluded from partaking in the fruits of the God-given wealth of their motherlands.
Liberation movements, such as ZANU and ZAPU in Zimbabwe, ANC and PAC in South Africa, SWAPO in Namibia, FRELIMO in Mozambique, MPLN and UNITA in Angola, and others, were the cornerstone of the emancipation of the majority of their nations - giving hope to the hopeless, and a promise of a bright future for all.
They fought for such wonderful principles as 'one man, one vote', 'majority rule', and 'freedom, development and emancipation for all'.
As no one particular liberation movement could achieve these goals in isolation, they adopted a united approach, thereby, establishing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), and the Frontline States.
This united front paid off dividends, as nearly all countries in Africa gained their independence from colonial rule - except the Saharawi Arab People's Republic, which is still under Morocco's occupation.
However, decades after the attainment of this independence from colonial
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