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President Lungu Hosts Morocco ‘Occupied’ Sahrawi Republic President

pres-lungu-laughPresident Edgar Lungu is teetering on a very delicate diplomatic undertaking by hosting Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic leader Brahim Ghali barely weeks after Moroccan monarch King Mohamed VI cancelled his State visit to Zambia.

Morocco considers Western Sahara an important part of the kingdom. The Sahrawi people’s Polisario Front movement, which demands self-determination for Western Sahara, wants a referendum on independence.

The African Union recognized Western Sahara as an independent State and even admitted it as a member while Morocco considers it an extension of its territory.

Morocco walked out of the African Union, at that time known as the Organization of African Unity in 1984 in protest of the recognition of the Western Sahara and Zambia tolled the continental line.

Last year Zambia pulled the rag on Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic also known as Western Sahara by saying it had withdrawn recognition.

President Edgar Lungu was flirting with Morocco that has since been mending fences with Africa and has also re-applied to be re-admitted to the African Union after having written to the continental body in July last year.

President Lungu will have to summon every diplomatic shrewdness that he can master to set the country’s record straight again after having reneged on the regional and continental position.

Zambia cannot say yes to both parties and will have to restore its respect by stating a position on the matter.

King Mohammed of Morocco cancelled a visit to Zambia last month in what is understood to have been a protest on the ambiguous stance had taken.

President Ghali will be in the country for three days and was over the weekend in South Africa where he met President Jacob Zuma.

12 Comments

  1. OneNation

    We hosted late John Garang several times here as he was fighting for independence of his region. There are a lot of diplomatic overtures going on on this issue. This may just be one of those.

  2. Mr.T

    How would you Zambians react if a mere 300 000 people of a population of 30 000 000 (1%)claimed half of Zambia for themselves ? Oh I forgot, and let’s say your neighbour country, say South Africa, Hosted the rebels and provided them with Money and arms. How would you feel ? How would you react?

  3. Zambian Citizen

    Doesn’t this show plainly the type of leaders we have in this country? Will they say it’s fine if those that are calling for the separation of Barotse land visit Angola as president or as a prime minister of Barotse land? The president should have rejected his visit not until they sort out this issue themselves with Morocco.

  4. Kabala

    Yet another failed state.
    Stick to morroco better ,that I would do in your place

  5. Brahim from Western Sahara

    I hope that We can talk with an open minded way. first of all we have to know the context where Morocco was a 100 years ago; his north has been occupied by Spain, the midle by france, the Sahara has been occupied by Spain and Mauritania his far south before 1845 has been occupied by france.. As a result of the colonisation movements all over the world, Moroccoo was realy in a weak situation the same as a lot of countries..I m agree that the authorities of Morocco at that time did a lot of mistakes, they did not support the independence of his other terroteries that was still occupied after 1957 ( Mauritania and Western Sahara) by Frensh and Spain. After the independence of a half of all his land, Morocco pretended that he must fellow a peaceful way, Abderrahim Bouabid and Ali Yaata and other politic leaders did not accept an improvising movement for independece in Sahara, so during a demostration to support Sahara independence in TanTan (Morocco), the general Oufkir imprisoned El Ouali Mostapha Essayed , Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz and other companions. that was the big mistake made by Moroccan authorities, the Saharian young leaders went to get suport from two pro-soviet side during the cold war, two enmies of Morocco: Kaddafi (lybia) and Boumedien (Algeria) and got then the arms and especially the Idea of creating an other country, why not ??? then you know the rest of the story…

    About giving the Sahraoui self-determination??
    Did you Know that if you give a chance for auto-determination to any part anywhere , they will vote automatically for independence as a naturel bihaviour. be sure that if Algeria give the same opportunity to the Kbaylie people they will vote certainly for independence, the same as in west of Zambia they will vote for independence if they are apllied to vote, the same as the north of Morocco..you know why ? because we are not developed enouph to assure even some prosperity to our population, we are in a weak situation, we need about 100 years to win the confidence of the people. voting for independence is a naturel Behaviour in the underdeveloped countries..bay the way while talking about a self-determination referendum. Can you tell me, who is able to vote in the referendum? 150 000 resident in Western Shara are born there, can you tell me Mr Dadah if they have the right to vote or not??. if they have not..How can you explain this contradiction to the human rights international orgnisations, at the same time dont forget that the origin of Sahraoui tribe ( Banou Hilal and Banou Salim) are from Arabian Peninsula there in Asia..
    Nor in Elguergurat or Laayoun Or Dakhla, any where in western Sahara you, we, all of us have the right to be there,we have the same right to vote and to govern , its your and our country, your naturel place is inside the Sahara not in Algeria ,
    both of us have the same belief and the same rights to be in Western Sahara. the solution is inside and not abroad in Algeria.
    At the end you have to know that Morocco needs africa more then Africa needs us; Morocco is a poor country, we have no petrol no natural resources with the probleme of sahara the situation is getting worse. it’s the limit!!
    My last word to you, Algeria has copmlicated the probleme. As long as they are involved negatively in the conflit, there is no chance to find a solution. Unfortunatly the victims are: the peaple of sahara because they are forced by Algeria to support a tragic life far from their lands there in Tindouf and Lahmada. And Moroccan who is missing a real developement. The human tragedy is here and there..
    I invite you to ask uncle google to see more about the territory of Morocco before 1800

    (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maroc_pr%C3%A9colonial#/media/File:Empire_alaouite_-_XVIIIe_s.PNG)

  6. Madrew

    Ridiculous Bipolar President Lungu, Morocco would make a very good ally.

    Morocco was ranked 35th best country in the world according to a recent study by American magazine U.S. News & World Report.

  7. Ahmed Salem Amr Khaddad

    ‘Occupation’ is an algerian term. There is no signle UN document where Morocco is called ‘Colonizer’. Even in the UN 4th committee official documents, the Western Sahara line is blank. It’s time for Zambia to reconsider its position on Morocco and the Western Sahara community. The WS territory is free since 1975. The WS community deals with the local affairs. The WS community is proud to deal with companies from around the world….Brahim Ghali holds an algerian diplomatic passport so he is an algerian diplomat. He talks on behalf of the algeria military regime. He can’t talk on behalf of the legitimate Western Sahara community CORCAS. We hope that Zambia will return to reason to work for the integration of mother Africa. Dealing with a failed state (algeria) won’t help Zambia on achieving its national development plans for 2030. Thanks

    Ahmed Salem Amr Khaddad
    Western Saharawi – Internet Activist

  8. ش جطع ىؤ abdel Fatah al sisi

    This is great news I have seen frm de author in years… Brahim soliciting Zambia support for sahrawi Arab republic great..Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, RSA to mention but a few are simply following an African Union directive urging member States to support Western Sahrawi & boycott Morocco… even Djazeir (Algeria) support Western Sahara because of Morocco’s stupidity ….Tindouf in Algeria has de govt in exile of WS….Zambia has to support WS for it to continue receiving Algerian scholarship for Zambian students to sturdy in Algeria….Algeria promote the independence of Western Sahara so Zambia stands to benefit a lot from Algeria than from Morocco …Morocco is just pompous for nothing, it has no natural resources, its behind Algeria, Botswana, Namibia, RSA , Mauritius, Seychelles, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Libya,Tunisia which are top 10 richest countries in Africa..even the AU don’t want Morocco….only the stupid Arab league support Morocco.. .the largest company in Africa with the largest number of employees is Sonatrach in Algeria…. Morocco has only a corrupt kingdom. . its better Zambia choose Sarahwi Arab republic & Algeria for a closer African Union cooperation than stupid Morocco which only cares about its northern European neighbours & middle East countries than bilad as_sudan ( Africa )….

    • Brahim from Western Sahara

      you have to know that Morocco needs africa more then Africa needs us; Morocco is a poor country, we have no petrol no natural resources with the probleme of sahara the situation is getting worse. Algeria has copmlicated the probleme. As long as they are involved negatively in the conflit, there is no chance to find a solution. Unfortunatly the victims are: the peaple of sahara because they are forced by Algeria to support a tragic life far from their lands there in Tindouf and Lahmada. And Moroccan who is missing a real developement. The human tragedy is here and there..
      I invite you to ask uncle google to see more about the territory of Morocco before 1800

      (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maroc_pr%C3%A9colonial#/media/File:Empire_alaouite_-_XVIIIe_s.PNG)

  9. Mildred jantjies

    I hail the President of Zambia for allowing his conscious to minister to him that ” Lunga you cannot be bought neither will you sell out, you will do the right thing in the midst of strong opposition” , I am glad the previous Pro Western Sahara comments above have given a clear picture of the state of event regarding the illegal occupation of Western Sahara by a streamline of countries before Morocco became the only one resisting to allow the people of Western Sahara to reign in their Mother land. The problem with most of us in Africa we don’t read , every truth is hidden in the pages of history. Read download the history of the Western Sahara people and the horrible atrocities inflicted by Morocco armed State Securities on men women and children in their own Mother land you will repent of your illadviced utterances instantly. I sincerely invite you to do exactly that and take it upon yourself to visit the refugee camps in Algeria Tindouft and further land in Morocco and inform the immigration officers you are on a fact finding mission on the issue of Western Sahara, ask them to take you to all the prisons where the Western Sahara people are imprisoned for speaking their mind concerning their country illegally occupied by land grabbers, ask them to take you to the graves of men and women pulled out of their homes and beaten in the open air for no reason, ask them to give you a list of those who disappeared in their hands up to this day, ask them to take you to the 24 prisoners of 2010 who were tried by an Army court and sentenced to life in 201e who are now lined up for retrial in a Civil court;, their sin was to gather in a tent discussing matters pertaining their plight. Let us never forget that no man is an island especially in Africa immunity from what is happening in Western Sahara is not Guaranteed let’s aspire to think right and act right 40 + years it’s not a child’s play under oppression by your own brothers. I salute President Lunga. Help join him and our likes to fight in various ways and means to see Western Sahara obtaining it’s Independence lastly if Western Sahara is a small populated people why is Morocco dragging it’s feet on the issue of the referandum let the ballot clear it all.

  10. Native

    Zambia the real africa indeed! This SADR situation is strikingly similar to the Barotseland Agreement restoration issue which matter is before the AU. Let’s see what hypocrisy pans out should the AU decide in favor of “western zambia”.

  11. mohammed

    Africains should stop destroying their continent by desintegrating it.Morocco has worked hard to promote Africa with his own ressources.Africa is enouph rich to feed its citizens and Africans deserve a better life.The Polisario is a group of mercenaries created by Algeria during cold war in seventies.This time is for unity and cooperation not separatism.Most of the population of the south of Morocco(Western Sahara) have a good life and they are for Morocco while a small number live unfortunatelly sad life in Tinduf in Algeria,Morocco has opened a big door to them to come back to Morooco and live normal life but Algerian autuorities menace them and stop them to do so .they are in a big prison.Finally I am chocked of South Africa position .Morocco hosted Nelson Mandela our hero to train next to algerian liberation army hosted too by the kingdom of Morocco .Morocco helped Algeria for its independency .We have to work together to give our African citizens better life far from wars ,desintegration and separatism.I wish a good future to Zambia .

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