Democracy Is Still The Most Effective Kind Of Government – PARC

Aug 11, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

The Pan-African Radical Congress (PARC), a continental pro-democracy organization, believes democratic negotiation for political mandates is humanity’s best form of administration.

PARC held a Zoom conference to discuss how to end re-colonization, which it stated is being sneakily pushed by military actions on the continent.

“Africa, Time to Break the Yoke of Neo-Colonial Despoliation” was the subject of the August 5–6, 2023 congress.

At the summit, PARC stated that the Niger military coup is a significant problem for democratic governance and the rule of law, particularly because it comes after similar coups in Mali, Chad, and Guinea and that Sudan is still engaged in an armed civil war under the control of foreign powers.

“There is a fever of clamour to engage in military options to return Niger Republic to constitutional and democratic governance,” it said, adding that “perhaps, we may also add ECOWAS under Nigeria steering”.

Hence, the Conference urged African leaders and institutions to persuade the military junta in Niger to respect and restore democratic rule, arguing that war and its societal costs would be too high for the continent.

PARC believed that armed action should be the final choice if diplomacy fails.

The Conference also decided to launch a Campaign for 100,000,000 (Hundred Million) Signatories on the African Citizens’ Petition Against Military Coups to be presented to Global Leaders, organizations including the UN, AU, ECOWAS, and diplomatic communities.

It reminded Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni that military solutions to the military incursion of democratic space in Niger might become an ill wind that blows no one any good, and it ebulliently highlighted the French policy of assimilation of African countries into its neo-colonial orbits at the expense of the States.

Notwithstanding such manoeuvres, the Conference maintained that it is not hoodwinked by its devotion to people’s mandates via democratic procedures to ignore African leaders’ apparent bastardization of this system.

Many did not gain power via genuine democratic means or support election changes. Yet, many became dictatorial tyrants who trampled on their people. The worst fault is that most democratic leaders fail to improve their constituents’ squalor.

“This is primarily because the political and economic ruling elite serve first the greedy interests of their foreign powers’ patrons, and then, like kleptomaniacs, corner the meager remaining resources, leaving little to answer the population’ wants and yearnings.”

“It is the most proper way of matching up with the social ambitions of the Africa continent and its unfortunate citizens,” the Conference said of democratic negotiation of political mandates, despite this circumstance being fertile ground for an undemocratic takeover of administration.

The Pan African civil society organization summit concluded that “peoples’ democracy, giving tangible, sustainable remedies to social demands and aspirations of citizens, is the avenue for the African continent to reach its full potential in peace, prosperity, and development.”

It also concluded that global organizations, including the UN, ICJ, and African Union, must be restructured to be able to investigate “Crimes Against Humanity” done against African people across time and history.

PARC also called for a new social-economic order that addresses unfair, uneven global market exchange mechanisms to provide equitable compensation for African natural resources and end undemocratic, armed intervention in governance, starting with the restoration of the Niger Republic’s democratic government.

Razaq Olokoba, Chairman, Pan-African Radical Congress; Omotaje Olawale-Saint, President, Work-Bond International Network (WIN); Gbenga Soloki, President, Centre Against Injustice and Domestic Violence (CAIDOV); Nelson Ekujumi, Executive Director, Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM); and Comrade Linus Okoroji signed the Conference Communiqué.

South Africans, Kenyans, Libyans, Ugandans, and Ghanaians participated.

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