Pan-Africanist, Musonda, faults Africa Freedom Day without economic freedom


James Musonda, a Pan-Africanist and academic, says political freedom that lacks economic freedom is shameful.

“Celebrating Africa freedom day is senseless in the absence of economic freedom in the African continent,” Mosonda said in a statement on Thursday.

He urged  African leaders to use the Africa Freedom day  to reflect on how to maximize benefits from the continent’s abundant mineral wealth for their people.

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“They should also use the day to reflect on the disastrous legacy of colonialism and the International Monetary Fund( IMF ) and World Bank in supporting greedy corporations as well as undermining our economies,” Musonda said .

He said African leaders should not be inspired by their graphs which on paper show progress but in reality mean nothing but poverty for the majority Africans.

Mosonda is currently Senior Researcher in Energy Policy at the Institute for Economic Justice, Johannesburg and  holds a PhD in Politics and Social Sciences from University of Liège, Belgium.

In 2021, he won the Terence Ranger Prize for his work on Zambian Copperbelt miners and he is  a former trade unionist.

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