Internet Statement 99/19

Thoughts on Important Political Events in Africa

The following was written as a preliminary remark to the German translation of the important speech by Laurent-Désiré Kabila of January, 21st 1999, which we made from the french original.  (remark)

The events in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, are once again demonstrating the intentions and methods of the US and its supporters. Initially, they cherished the rebellion waged by the AFDL under the leadership of L. Kabila, as they were hoping for a revival of the Congo favourable to their interests from that. (AFDL: Alliance des Forces Democratiques pour la Liberation de Congo-Zaire - Alliance of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire). Basically this country unter Mobutu wasn‘t any good to them any longer because, as far as it is discernible, the roads and the structures were in full decay and the corruption of those serving themselves had reached a degree which was contrary to their intentions of building a "prosperous" capitalistic zone in Africa.Then the revolutionary movement of L. Kabila gained victory but refused to form a coalition government together with the so-called opposition forces from Mobutu‘s times; and when, having in fact lived up to its promise to give concessions to the big international mining companies, at the same it decided that the profits from the mining activities had, at least to an essential degree, to flow to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the US shut its book of support as this had not been their object of the exercise.

Concretely, the Democratic Republic of Congo had decided to establish an Exchange for Precious Raw Materials and no longer to permit the foreign companies to make deals with the local corrupt potentates and in this way to pillage the country freely. And at this very concrete point which aims at the limitiation of the rights of the international companies, there was a sudden end to the support, there the forces which make all kinds of public noises because of "human rights" started their propaganda, there L. Kabila all of a sudden was no longer a democrat, no man as the Western propaganda likes. Since then the Congo is leading a completely justified and also hopefully successful war of resistance against the criminal and hypocritical military aggression, the strings of which are pulled by the US imperialists and the British Tony-Blair-hypocrites, and which is supported by the propaganda from the rattle snakes of Amnesty International and other human rights organisations. 

And then something very remarkable happened. Several African nations stood by the Congo‘s side and jointly fought the US favoured rebellion of so-called democrats, which was combined with an invasion by Ugandian and Rwandian troops, which now took the field against Kabila. A long time before the Kosovo war the US and Great Britain and the allied NATO nations had to face the fact that just in Africa a resolute opposition against this criminal US imperialism and its auxiliaries was developing. Against one of the most outstanding promoters of the resistance, Zimbabwe, one intrigue was launched after another. It had to resist economic blackmailing and also attempts at creating unrest from within, in order to cause this nation to leave the line of support for the Congo. They strove to develop the contradictions within this coalition of nations, also for example in the case of Angola, by instigating a renewed rebellion by Savimbi.

Presently there are efforts, also from the African part, as the war is a force-consuming matter, to find a compromise. But caution, indeed, is necessary against the ideas for compromise as fostered by these imperialistic sharks which cannot tolerate that, anywhere, nations take limitiating measures against their absolute domination and absolute arbitrariness. 

  Editorial staff of Neue Einheit
  First published in German at July,1st 1999

  Internet Statement 99/19

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The french original of the speech by Kabila can be found at

German translation can be found at

An english translation can be found at