Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – a regional block founded in 1975 to consolidate economic and cultural ties in the western part of the continent.
pushing to be part of ECOWAS? What does this mean for the people of
Western Sahara and Africans in general?In his closing summary, the newly appointed head of ECOWAS, Togolese
President Faure Gnassingbe speaking on behalf of the region gave a preliminary greenlight for Morocco to be accepted into the block with pending a few issues being ironed out first. This comes at a time when the African Union has resolved to accept Morocco back in the African Union fold a few months back.It comes at a time when Tunisia is seeking an observer status in ECOWAS. They are all running away from the Arab league because of its instability following the Arab spring. The Maghreb Union’s founding values are being challenged.
rejected by the EU. This calls into question the sincerity of their
intentions.With its strong economy than most countries in the west, Morocco is busy
dangling a carrot to our leaders by advancing economic relation so they can be accepted and will seek to isolate the People of Western Sahara from within. In Nigeria, they have a bilateral cooperation on gas and pipe line project. In Ghana, they have signed 25 government and private sector agreements.All these are good for the economic activities of fellow African countries.
However, African leaders must not sell their souls and compromise the
struggle of the people of Western Sahara. As Morocco makes inroads into the league of African countries, our leaders must be cautious not and stop
advocating for the total liberation of the people of Western Sahara.
ECOWAS must also not fall into the trap of being enticed by Prime Minister Netanyahu who addressed the summit on the fourth of June by saying ‘Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is coming back to Israel’. In 2016 they made an impassioned plea to the Eastern block of Africa. They are determined to infiltrate Africa. Such statements must not be eagerly entertained because this is a nation which continues to undermine the dignity of Palestinians and refuse them a seat in the League of Nations.
Countries like Israel and Morocco are taking advantage of the weaknesses
in African economies, knocking at their doors attempting to buy favours with them. Both these countries continue to oppress their neighbours and African leaders must not forget that.
Rhulani Thembi Siweya is the founder of Africa Unmasked and an NEC Member of the ANCYL who writes in her capacity as patron of Africa Unmasked.