The Economic Suffocation of Cabinda.
The economic situation has become so critical in Cabinda that the regime in Luanda now considers its architects and executors, particularly the present Governor of Cabinda, to be scientists in repression, because with the help of this weapon and the institutionalized terror in Cabinda they are compelling the less enlightened to think that, in the face of such suffocation, the only way out or personal solution is to do the will of the Angolan occupier, which will then turn everyone against each other, and against their own people, betraying their legitimate aspirations in return for some petrodollars that even then will not guarantee the coveted wealth and comfort.
These brothers have forgotten that they are Cabindans and that, whatever they may do for the occupier, Angola, will never be really a part of them; they will only be its instruments.
Regardless of the rights enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, the people of Cabinda have little chance of enjoying them while the current status quo holds, a status quo represented by the occupying regime of the Angolan MPLA.
The regime in Angola has outlined an economic policy which aims to suffocate Cabinda and which is being rapidly brought into effect, and whose aims include bankrupting the local business community by letting public debt grow. This policy also aims to recruit Angolan businesses linked to people of the MPLA regime and transfer them to Cabinda onto advantageous contracts, with no competition, to the detriment of local businesses.
One effect of this burdensome policy in Cabinda is also the chronic delay in the construction of a deepwater port in Cabinda.
The announcement of repairs to the bridge piers for small boats in Cabinda, contracted to a Chinese company, is nothing more than a cosmetic ploy to deceive the public.
If we were to measure the economic weight of Cabinda and its contribution to the economy of Angola, which occupies the territory, it would be obvious that the costs of building a deep water port which would minimize the chronic shortages in Cabinda and reduce the high import costs which make people life more expensive, would be an asset which would also logistically benefit the multinational companies operating in Cabinda.
However, the option favoured by the regime of Angola is to suffocate Cabindans, so not even the multinationals present in Cabinda could contemplate building in an act of kindness a port for the people of Cabinda.
Although there is already a plan for the construction of a deep water port drawn up by the Portuguese administration in Cabinda, the lack of such a port has been making life hell for Cabindans, to a point where they now depend on the port of Pointe-Noire (Republic of Congo) and forced to pay double the amount of customs duty. Consequently the cost of living is rising sharply in Cabinda, and the people are footing the bill.
The main objective of this policy, according to the regime of the MPLA, is to cut off support to the Cabindan resistance. But, in truth this aims at to launch Cabindans to poverty, beggary, submit them to humiliation, and force them into servitude and obedience to the dictums of the MPLA regime that governs Angola.
It must be admitted that a few of vulnerable and malicious people have embraced this policy and are promoting it on the regime’s behalf, acting as puppets for the regime and implying that the Cabindans’ insistence on their legitimate claims and aspirations is the cause of their own suffering and humiliation: so the people must renounce their rights to end their suffering – a big mistake!
However the majority of Cabindans understand that in the normal world, which is not the one Cabinda lives in, it is economics that define politics, and for this reason is observed the silence of the world powers with economic interests in Cabinda.
For the Cabindans the factors are reversed: it is the political solution of the Cabindan issue which will define both the economic and international status of Cabinda.
Therefore, it is in this direction of the search of a dignified political solution that must come together all the action, intellectualism and capacity of persuasion of Cabindans; in making efforts to change the current picture, not in undermining the struggle by ignoble acts committed just to satisfy the personal ego or a group.
It is the Willpower of the Cabindan Nation that is in the balance here, not a single man or group.
Even though they are aware that the top priority to relieve the burden of the cost of living in Cabinda is by constructing, as we quoted, a deep water port in Cabinda, the Luanda regime is absorbed and determined in constructing a bridge that will link Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to create a land link with Cabinda. What a confusing equation!
The regime of the MPLA is mistaken if it thinks that the bridge will legitimize the occupation of Cabinda and that it will correct history, geography and international law, all of which confer legitimacy on the Cabindan Cause.
The MPLA regime should respond to the cries and economic suffocation of the people of Cabinda, caused by the MPLA itself, and pledge itself to the search for a political solution, negotiated with dignity, and transparency, open to verification and sanction by the people, the only sovereign body, with the presence of the international community to guarantee the “de facto” emancipation of the people of Cabinda.