The truth is incompatible with the pragmatism of certain forms of political or economic marketing that have been diffusely publicised in the media to satisfy the patronage of an audience that stifles the martyred people of Cabinda without mercy or pity. The more the media try to hide the truth, unfortunately for them, they will not be able to change the past history, geography and ethno-linguistic factors, as well as the international law that constitute the truth on which is based the claim of the Cabindan people. Concealment of the truth about the Cabindan issue is a stumbling block for those who are committed to hiding these facts.
More than ever the Cabindans should reorganise and in unison condemn the vicissitudes inflicted on their people both internally and externally. They must expose the camouflage of the truth that the people of Cabinda are subject to the Angolan forces of repression rather than make pronouncements and calls for negotiations that find no echo in the occupation regime of the MPLA. These calls for negotiations are simply as one of many actions of distraction that favour the occupier.
The gravity of the situation that sickens the people of Cabinda requires serious treatment for their healing and not a tranquillizer for those who have an upset stomach caused by hunger, especially now that we see a partial attitude in the HCR in favour of the regime in Luanda in addressing the issue of Cabindan refugees in the two Congos (Brazzaville and Kinshasa). This concerns the plan of forced repatriation of Cabindan refugees in these territories to uncertain destinations at the mercy of Angola. It is noticed that the HCR embraces Angolan initiatives without reservation, while the international community pretends not to see or hear the cries of the pain and suffering resulting from the grotesque human rights violations perpetrated by the regime of Luanda in Cabinda. This can be seen in the silence on the raids, threats, abductions and murders that are taking place in the territory of Cabinda and in Cabindan refugee camps protected by the UN body by agents and members of defence and security forces of the regime in Luanda.
Nowhere in the world are refugees under the protection of UNHCR receiving such brutal treatment from this organ which aims to protect vulnerable people, harassed, discriminated against and at risk of life who requested and were granted protection without having first found the solution to the root of the problem. It is recalled that these refugees were received in these camps as Cabindans – victims of Angolan occupation forces and not as Angolans; obviously, they should not be denied the right of protection as long the impasse still exists in the political settlement of the conflict. It is this conflict which has been the cause of the massive exodus of Cabindans to the two Congos and to other places in the world.
The truth must be restored. We should no longer see the Cabindan issue from perspective of the wealth or interests of the Angola-occupier. The solution cannot be found in the definition of the wealth or interests that benefit those who violate international standards, in this case the MPLA government, with regard to the right of the People of Cabinda to self-determination recognized by the United Nations convention, namely in Article 73. This lays down the political aspirations of the people to their free self-determination.
The violation of the Treaty of Simulambuco by Portugal and the international plot against the Cabindans in which the MPLA that represents Angola and governs this country since its independence is projected as ‘gendarme-chief ‘ in implementation of the plan of asphyxiating, humiliating and exterminating the people of Cabinda constitute the backcloth for the positive change expected by the People of Cabinda. While there is no change in the actions of the UN that oblige Angola to accept the truth that it knows well, no progress will be registered for the political settlement of the issue of Cabinda.
This explains why the MPLA regime is repressing, murdering and corrupting to supposedly extinguish the ‘ Cabinda case ’ while some Cabindan individuals blindly fall into this trap and believe the fallacies of the MPLA regime only to become vainly objects of Angola in manipulating the events in Cabinda and destabilizing the struggle of the people of Cabinda. These individuals are not free and the great proof of that is that they cannot and do not dare to claim the implementation of the political solution to the issue of Cabinda as they were promised by the MPLA government in compensation for deceiving their own people and the ideal of the struggle.
The construction of some roads, houses, hospitals, schools and other social infrastructures masterminded by MPLA to cover the failure of their attempts is an obligation of the colonial powers or foreign occupation forces in non-autonomous territories, which is reflected in the UN Charter. It is in this framework that Portugal built Angola and other colonies, and Angola is also obliged to do this in Cabinda, which does not replace the right of the peoples to self-determination.
It is imperative that every Cabindan understands that his rights are not diluted by what is done to manipulate them or against them and at every fall, they shall rise again and again to achieve their objectives, liberate our people. We should learn from the lessons of the recent past and understand that the defeated are only those who do not fight. It is necessary to persist in the political struggle to achieve the desired peaceful solution, and never engage in the diversion of the MPLA and in any politically futile sensationalism.
How Cabindans seem and present themselves determines how Angola and the international circles will look on the issue of Cabinda. So it is somewhat inadequate to desire to negotiate with those who oppress your people when you cannot talk with other Cabindans not co-opted by the oppressor, who are engaged in the struggle against those who oppress the people, which all claim to defend. The talk here referred to is not about those who openly accepted the yoke imposed on the people of Cabinda as an acceptable solution for them, but between those who disagree with the current situation and continue fighting wherever they are. No people emerge victorious without sacrifice, and there is no liberation struggle without deceitful behaviours or betrayals, because, unfortunately, the differences in character has always existed and will continue to exist, regardless of the circumstances.
The Liberal Forum for the Emancipation of Cabinda urges all compatriots who disagree with the current political theatre to reflect and adjust their vision and initiative according to the aspirations of the people of Cabinda, and act for the struggle of our people to take a new direction to achieve the desired political solution. For this, Cabindans need to dialogue among themselves and then bring Angola to reason.
Remember the popular adage, “… while the tree has roots, even though all its leaves and branches are dry it can flourish …” It depends on the vision of each one; whether we see the moment we live in as one of despair or a new opportunity for Cabinda.Only by talking,co-operating and accepting our differences that we can smooth the edges.