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The PAFM has launched its new website.

I know you’re wondering what the PAFM is.

So, let’s take some time to get some look of various facets of the PAFM.

 

What is the PAFM?

PAFM stands for Pan African Federalist Movement. It was started in Dakar on February 26, 2015 by a group of Senegalese Pan African federalists who officially launched the Call for the First Pan African Federalist Congress.

 

What is the Call for the First Pan African Federalist Congress?

 The Call for the First Pan African Federalist Congress is a series of questions to be answered by anybody who is interested in joining the movement.

And should that person answer yes to at least one of those questions, they are deemed qualified to be a member of the movement.

 

What’s the PAFM’s Approach to African Unification?

The PAFM’s approach for the political unification of the States on the African continent and of those in the Caribbean Islands is a Bottom-Up mobilization.

 

What is the Goal of the PAFM?

As the African masses are the legitimate owners of the sovereignty of their States, the PAFM seeks to involve them in the discussions on and the decision making process to African Unity.

 

Why does the PAFM Think it will succeed Where Others have failed?

In the discussions and decisions to unite Africa, only the heads-of states and governments, academics or people close to the leadership of the ruling parties were involved.

Yet associating the African people in the process of African or Caribbean unity is necessary for the viability of any form of union between their states. In effect, involving the people in such initiatives creates in them a sense of ownership of its product.

Hence the bottom up approach to African unity adopted by the PAFM.

 

What is the Focus of the PAFM?

The only focus for the movement is the organization of a successful campaign for the birth of the United African States (U.A.S.) before the end of the 2020s.

 

What does the PAFM Strongly Believe in?

The PAFM is certain that it is only through political unity that African people everywhere can regain respect of their dignity and the recognition of their human rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

To this end, it seeks the creation of the conditions that can lead to the repair and redemption of African people for the centuries of enslavement, colonialism, Apartheid, racial discrimination, Jim Crow, neo-colonialism, etc. they endured.

The PAFM is of the view that only a fully sovereign African nation entirely controlled by patriotic Africans will have the audacity to put these legitimate demands on the table and use its clout to get the desired outcome.

The PAFM believes the need to establish the UAS in this generation as an urgency in view of the new scramble for Africa undertaken not only by the former European usurpers of African independence and plunderers of its resources but also by other foreign countries and multinationals eager to do the same.

The PAFM believes that just as the generation that preceded us accomplished in fifty years (1900 to 1950) the liberation of Africa from foreign hegemony, the present generation can in less than a generation politically unite Africa to create the United African States.

 

How does the PAFM Intend to achieve its mission?

The initial step toward achieving the PAFM’s goals will be the organization of the First Pan African Federalist Congress which will be solely geared towards the production of a plan of action that can lead Africans to reclaim their positive sovereignty.

After the Congress, a campaign will be launched for the creation of the United African States (UAS) through a powerful movement from the base to the summit that will allow the African peoples to express themselves on the mode of union they wish to promote. Hence, there will be the organization, in each African state, of a referendum in which citizens will vote for or against the federalist option.

 

Who will be the PAFM’s Natural Allies in this fight?

They are the various organizations fighting for the reparations of the wrongs done to African people through slavery, colonialism, Apartheid, racism and neo-colonialism.

Thus the movement intends to mobilize civil society, trade unions, Pan African political parties, guild organizations, youth organizations, women organizations, peasants’ organizations, entrepreneurs, industrialists and others being stifled by the disloyal practices of foreign competitors.

The PAFM will also reach out to the African states of the continent and of the Diaspora. It will not leave out the Regional and Continental organizations of which African States are members.

 

Who will be the PAFM’s Most Formidable Foes?

The PAFM’s most formidable foes will be the Africans who now benefit, or soon hope to do so, from the foreign control of our destiny.

These are the politicians feeding on the crumbs from the dining table of imperialists and their multinationals; Compradors (retail and mercantile) who benefit from the collection of the African raw material cheap for foreign industries as well as from the distribution of their expensive finished products shipped to us; intellectuals eager to be recognized with the granting of knighthood, offering of jobs in international institutions and wining and dining by the foreign powers and/or through a myriad of NGOs funding, engagement speeches; the narrow minded nationalists or regionalists who contend that African people are too diverse to be united under one political, economic and security entity.

 

With which Structures does the PAFM hope to attain its Objective?

 To carry out such a gigantic and complex task, the PAFM has created the:

  • International Preparatory Committee (IPC)
  • Regional Coordinating Committees (RCCs)
  • National, State or Provincial Coordinating Committees ((NCCs, SCCs and PCCs)
  • Local Coordinating Committees (LCCs)

 

International Preparatory Committee (IPC)

 

The supreme legislative body of the PAFM, the IPC is run by a Chairperson and their Deputy, a General Secretary and their Deputy, and Chairpersons of the Finances, Youth Mobilization, Communication, External Affairs, Legal, Security, Research and Strategy Commissions.

Regional Coordinating Committees (RCCs)

The IPC has divided Africa and the Diaspora into 10 regions.

Thus, Africa is divided into the following 5 regions:

 North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia

 Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

 East Africa: Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan

 West Africa: Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal, Togo, Sierra Leone

 Central Africa: Cameroon, Chad, Central Africa, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Sao Tome and Principe

 

The diaspora is also divided into the following 5 regions:

 Europe: all of Europe

 North America: Canada and the USA

 The Caribbean: Haiti, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, etc.

 Latin America: Brazil and all the other Latin American countries

 Asia: Near East, Middle East, and Far East (China, Japan, etc.)

 

In the particular case of the Diaspora Regional Committees, they include the more or less recent African immigrants and the descendants of the victims of forced deportation, regardless of their present nationality.

The Regional Coordinating Committee is responsible for a people’s duly mandated participation of the countries in the region to the Pan African Federalist Congresses.

 

National Coordinating Committees (NCCs)

The role of the National Coordinating Committees is to act as the legislative and Executive Body of the Pan African Federalist Movement in the targeted countries.

 

Local Coordinating Committees (LCCs)

These can be started in villages, towns, cities, universities, factories, high schools, etc. by anyone who has the willingness and time to do so.

 

What are the Functions of the PAFM Officers?

 President: heads the IPC and chairs all its meetings.

Vice-president: assists the President in the performance of his duties.

General Secretary: is the head and accountant of the General Secretariat.

 Deputy General Secretary: assists the General Secretary in carrying out his duties.

 Head of the Finance Commission: is responsible for the PAFM’s financial affairs.

 Head of the Communications Commission: is responsible for the Movement’s communication strategy such as branding, media relations, press releases, etc.

 Head of the External Affairs Committee: collaborates with other international organizations.

Head of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee: is the IPC’s principal legal advisor.

 Head of the Research and Strategy Commission: is responsible for the development of the Movement’s Global Strategy, in particular its Campaign for the Birth of African States United.

 Head of the Safety Commission: is the IPC’s senior security advisor.

 Head of the Youth Mobilization Commission: is the IPC’s chief advisor on youth issues and its mobilization for the Movement’s campaign.

Head of the Women’s Leadership Mobilization Commission: is the IPC’s senior advisor on gender issues and women’s mobilization for the Movement’s campaign.

 Head of the Education Commission: is the IPC’s principal advisor on issues of education, training and capacity building.

 Regional Coordinators: coordinate the activities of the PAFM’s regional structures;

 

Executive Committee: has overall responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of policies, strategies and tactics.

Permanent Secretariat: oversees the Movement’s Permanent Secretariat and appoints the Permanent Secretary.

 

What will be the Phases of the Movement?

 The campaign for the birth of the United African States is divided into six phases:

  • Exploratory ;
  • Pre-Congres ;
  • Preparation and convening of the First Pan African Federalist Congress;
  • Campaign for the Referendums for unifying Africa;
  • Convening of the Second Pan African Federalist Congress;
  • Dissolution of the PAFM after the institutions of the Federal Government (Legislative, Executive and Judiciary) have been put in place.

 

Exploratory phase

 During this phase, “The urgent need to unite politically the African States in less than a generation” launched in Dakar, Senegal, in 2015 was confirmed to be viable by the Pre-First Pan African Federalist Congress meeting held in 2018.

 

Pre-Congress

 The Pre-Congress took place in Accra, Ghana, in the presence of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, from December 8 to 13, 2018 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the All African People’s Conference held in Accra from 8th to 13th December 1958.

 

Preparation and Convening of the First Pan African Federalist Congress

 This is the phase we are in now, dedicated to the construction of the PAFM’s structures necessary for the campaign for a referendum in each State, resource mobilization and a plan for the management of the momentum of the Campaign.

 

First Pan African Federalist Congress

The objectives that this Federalist Congress wants to reach are mainly:

  • Fine tune the campaign strategy for the birth of the UAS
  • Identify the main obstacles to the political, economic and military unification of the African States and find the ways and means to overcome them,
  • Study the previous attempts at unity among African peoples and recommendations made to give them the maximum chance of success. Then draw from all these the lessons that can serve the PAFM;
  • Conceive a communication strategy that can best popularize the Federalist Cause and secure the rallying of the majority of the African masses on the continent and the Diaspora to the Pan African federalist cause;
  • Fine tune the human and material resource mobilization strategy that was produced by the Pre-Congress team;
  • Put together an efficient International Campaign Machine for referendums on the political unification of African States;
  • Decide the time frame during which a referendum for joining the Union should be organized in each of the targeted member States;
  • Decide on the number of States needed to form a viable political, economic and security Union able to enjoy full sovereignty and with enough clout to renegotiate all the unfair treaties that the member States were obliged to sign and demand for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council with veto power.
  • Define a strategy for the involvement of the governments of the countries targeted for the union and international organizations such as the AU, CARICOM, the Regional Economic Communities, the African Parliament, the African Court of Justice etc. in the campaign for the birth of the UAS.

 

Campaign for the Referendums for Membership of the Federal Union

 During this phase, each Regional, National and local Committee of the Pan-African Federalist Movement will be deployed for this purpose.

 

Second Pan African Federalist Congress

 Once the number of states required to declare the birth of the Federal Union is reached, this Congress will be convened to address issues such as the location of the UAS Capital, the modalities for drafting and ratifying the constitution of the Federal Union, the merger of the Armed Forces, the financial system, the official name of the Federal Entity, etc. A Transition Committee will be established by the Second Pan African Federalist Congress.

 

How will the Creation of the UAS Benefit Africans?

The creation of the United African States will:

  1. Enable African people to emancipate themselves, repair their damaged dignity and regain full control of their sovereignty,
  2. Be a Security blanket for all people of African descent in the whole world,
  3. Be able to protect African people from the nefarious consequences of horrendous illegal capital flights, the pillage of their seas and the reckless hunting and poaching of many of its endangered wild life.
  4. Create an environment where the Restoration and protection of the various African Sub-Cultures, a true African Renaissance, will be possible.
  5. Insure the protection of the Rights of the Minorities and power deficient groups,
  6. Gather the means to make health care a Human Right and to eradicate many of the pandemic diseases threatening individuals and communities,
  7. Be able to make the protection of the environment a priority for all;
  8. Assume the present debt of all the member states and be in the position to renegotiate it at a much lower interest rate.
  9. Be better positioned geopolitically and able to demand for and expect to get a seat with veto power at the Security Council of the United Nations;
  10. Will drastically reduce the cost of diplomacy for the African tax payers. Its diplomatic corps will no longer be a toothless bulldog.
  11. Establish a vast market with a common currency.
  12. Be in a better position to take advantage of the demographic dividend;
  13. Integrate all the armies of the Member States into a single powerful military organization, with a sole federal command able to protect each Member State against terrorists, mercenaries of all stripes, imperialist neo-colonialists and all enemies of Africa.
  14. Not allow the presence of any foreign military base on the African soil;
  15. Establish a Federal Police whose jurisdiction extends to all the territories of the Member States.
  16. Be in a better position to guarantee the freedom of the press, the rights of individuals and minorities,
  17. To insure the protection, promotion and development of all African languages and to take incentivizing measures for their teaching in schools and their use in modern life;
  18. Have enough resources for Education and research.
  19. Create an environment where sport and art can become vibrant components of the economy.
  20. Will have enough resources to heavily sponsor scientific research in all fields (renewable energies, agriculture, pharmacopoeia, medicine), etc.
  21. Heavily invest in air, land and sea transportation and build planes, boats, trains and cars, airports, harbors and transcontinental highways to ensure the fluidity of the circulation of individuals and goods throughout the continent.

 

Interested in Becoming a Member of the PAFM to Participate in the Fight?

Membership of the various structures of the Movement are open to any African of a country on the continent or in the Diaspora as well as any organization of Africans everywhere who share the objectives, vision and aspirations of the Movement.

 

Interested in Learning more about the PAFM?

Then visit the PAFM Website

 

Don’t forget to comment on, like and share everything you appreciate there. Thank you.

 Akoli Penoukou

General Secretary

Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) of the PAFM for West Africa

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