Will the Angolan elections of 2012 be the solution for Cabinda?
Election is a process by which people in a normal society make the choice or appointment of candidates, representatives or parties through voting.
The use of the elections in the world today has its origins in the seventeenth century with the rise of representative governments in Europe and North America. They are used both to choose a representative and to decide various questions.
The concept of choice presupposes that voters are presented with alternatives and able to choose freely between a number of different proposals or representatives available in order to solve their social problems.
The next general Angolan elections will take place in a period in which the Cabindans are living through the greatest political repression since the annexation of Cabinda in 1975.
The intimidation and fear created by the Angolan defence and security services have failed to change the thinking of Cabindans, who understand better than ever that the Angolan elections mean nothing for Cabinda.
In previous elections, the government of MPLA transported Congolese voters to Cabinda in a vain attempt to fool the international observers into thinking that Cabinda participated actively and freely in the political life of Angola.
This behavior once again confirmed Angola’s lack of interest in seeking a serious resolution of the Cabindan problem based on the People’s Rights. The cunning way the MPLA camouflages the reality in Cabinda is already known by close observers of the Cabindan issue.
It is worth remembering that when the Angolans claimed their right to self-determination, the Portuguese dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar insisted that Angola was inalienable part of Portugal, right up to the end of the regime. Today, the President of Angola, Jose Eduardo dos Santos and his government are saying exactly the same thing: that Cabinda is an indivisible and inalienable part of Angola. But which division are the Angolan rulers talking about?
God completed his work and Cabindans have nothing to divide with Angola. There is, yes, a problem to be solved.
Antonio de Oliveira Salazar and Jose Eduardo dos Santos have much in common, among them eccentric thinking and the ready recourse to weapons as a solution to political disputes.
In representative democracies, elections are held regularly and on the basis of a defined timetable; It is not only intended for choosing a leader, but also for maintaining in office representatives who have exercised satisfactorily their mandate to their constituents, and on the eve of the elections the candidates and parties present their political platforms, their achievements and / or their intentions for the future. This period is also a time for the society to discuss publicly solutions to their problems and to allow an active interaction between the political elite that governs, or seeks to govern, and the society.
However, this picture doesn't exist and is unthinkable in Cabinda, and we can then wonder why Cabindans need vote at all and what do they expect from these elections if their claims are not taken into account by the occupying regime? And when there is no sign of flexibility regarding the suffering that is inflicted on Cabindans right before the eyes of the apathetic Angolan opposition, who only remember to speak about Cabinda when they are electioneering?
All Angolan political parties endorse the colonial policies in Cabinda; the policy is to exert dominion over the territory and to loot its natural resources for the presumed development of Angola without paying attention to the legitimate aspirations of the Cabindans.
It should be noted that in these 2012 elections the Angolan political opposition appears weaker than in 2008, when the MPLA obtained the mysterious winning 80% share of the electorate’s votes.
This means that nothing will change in Angola, and therefore in Cabinda, as a result of the 2012 elections. Thus the illusory policy of voting for some Cabindans who are members of Angolan political parties constitutes a political mistake, which rewards the intentions of the Angolan regime, as these Cabindans are not part of a Cabindan political force that embodies the aspirations of its people and electorate.
These Cabindans, members of the Angolan political parties, are subject to the internal party discipline of the Angolan political families that they represent, and because of that are far from being the solution for Cabinda. They are in these parties for personal gain and for own interests, as Cabinda, in reality, has no space in the Angolan political mosaic.
Cabindans are not fighting for regime change in Angola, but for the emancipation of the Cabindan Nation. Therefore, Cabindans do not need to first free Angola of its anti-democrats for Cabinda to get entitlement to its rights; because the Angolans did not first have to free Portugal from its dictators before it could recognize the rights of the Angolans.
The People of Cabinda should not lose sight of their legitimate aspirations because it is only when these are treated with seriousness and transparency that Cabindans will feel in any sense dignified, and therefore, the Liberal Forum for the Emancipation of Cabinda encourages the people of Cabinda to play no part in an Angolan electoral process that does not consider the essence of their claims.