Black People : Opportunist uses unity with Zimbabwe land struggle to hustle Africans

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  1. abdurratln

    abdurratln Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I must share this in this forum because I have spent years here trying to drum up support for Mafa's so-called project:

    Opportunist uses unity with Zimbabwe land struggle to hustle Africans
    AAPDEP terminates relationship with Kwanisai Mafa
    Dr. Aisha Fields, Director of the All African People's Development and Empowerment Project
    Published Aug 20, 2009

    In September 2007, the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) formed the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) as an organization that would have the responsibility of winning masses of African doctors, nurses, engineers, farmers and other skilled Africans to use their expertise, resources and energy as part of the movement to liberate and unite Africa and African people everywhere.

    Since that time, AAPDEP has initiated and completed several important development projects in Africa and North America. AAPDEP launched its first projects in resource-rich Sierra Leone, where most Africans are forced to live on less than US$1 a day, have an average life expectancy of 39 years, and three out of five women die in childbirth.

    As part of an effort to increase community access to clean water and combat water-borne diseases, a major killer in all of Africa, AAPDEP built three rainwater harvesting systems in a small subsistence farming community in Lungi, Sierra Leone. The three systems provide 3,000 liters of clean drinking water every day during the rainy season.

    In the country’s capital, Freetown, AAPDEP has begun training community health workers in the identification, prevention and treatment of waterborne diseases, teaching among other things how to prepare and administer life-saving oral rehydration therapy.

    In November of this year, AAPDEP will be launching a community fishing project also in the Freetown, and we have plans to begin a farming and healthcare project that will address the infant and maternal mortality rates in the country.

    In North America, we have kicked off the African Village Survival Initiative (AVSI), initiating community gardens, building rainwater harvesting systems and offering training in renewable energy and other areas as an effort to address the impact of the economic crisis in the African community.

    AAPDEP makes agreement to participate with project in Zimbabwe
    In early 2008, AAPDEP entered into an agreement with Comrade Kwanisai Mafa, Director of the Ujamma Youth Farming Project (UYFP) in Gweru, Zimbabwe, to build a borehole for farm irrigation at UYFP. At that time, we told Comrade Mafa that because we are a grassroots organization with no grants or government funding, it would likely take some time to raise the several thousands of dollars needed to complete the project.

    After much hard work, funds were raised for one of our members based in South Africa a brother who is an engineer to travel to Zimbabwe to ***** whether or not we would be able to build the borehole ourselves or if we would need to raise the money for a contractor based in Zimbabwe to take on the work. We determined based on the comrade's recommendation that we would need to hire a contractor.

    In April of this year, we sent Bro. Kwanisai a total of $6,500 to pay the contractor for the project, which was supposed to be the total amount needed for the entire project. After sending him an initial $1500 for a geophysical survey that we were told was needed before drilling could happen, we were approached by a brother from Canada who knew we were involved with UYFP and told us that he, too, had given Kwanisai Mafa and UYFP $1000 for the same geophysical survey we had already paid for.

    When we approached Kwanisai about it, he assured us that he was not receiving money for the borehole from any other individuals or organizations and that the brother was attempting to disrupt our relationship and sabotage the work.

    Based on the assurances we got from Comrade Kwanisai, we decided to move forward with the project, despite the concerns, and sent him an additional $5,000 to "complete" the project.

    After sending the money, Kwanisai told us that drilling could not happen right away, despite the fact that he indicated before sending the money that it could.

    The almost weekly contact I had with him all but ended, and he only recently resurfaced with pictures that seemed to show a borehole being sunk and requesting more funds for a pump that he said was still needed to complete the irrigation system.

    About two days after receiving the pictures and request for more funds from Comrade Kwanisai, I was forwarded an email from another brother with the same pictures I had received, indicating that his organization had also sponsored the very same borehole.

    At that point, there was too much evidence to ignore the fact that Comrade Kwanisai had certainly breeched the terms of our agreement by continuing to solicit and accept resources from others for the very same project we had already funded under the pretext that it would be an AAPDEP/UYFP project.

    On August 4, 2009, we notified Kwanisai Mafa of AAPDEP’s decision to terminate our relationship with him and the UYFP.

    We have also been in communication with the other organization that sent funds to UYFP for this same project to inform them of this contradiction and so that they are able to make informed decisions in their dealings with Kwanisai Mafa and UYFP.

    It is becoming increasingly clear to us from email correspondences from Africans in Germany and other places within the U.S., that Kwanisai Mafa has been using the fact that Africans around the world want to unite with our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe around the land question to “hustle” resources from African organizations and individuals from throughout North America and Europe.

    Individual opportunism cannot stop the unification and liberation of Africa!
    AAPDEP would like to thank our supporters and donors for your contributions toward all of our many successful projects. We would like to give a special salute to those who answered the call and contributed in one way or another to AAPDEP’s effort to raise the money for this borehole project.

    While we are all disappointed by Kwanisai Mafa’s apparent opportunism, we must not and will not allow his actions to frustrate our efforts to continue to develop projects that unite and empower African people everywhere as part of our struggle for the freedom and development of Africa and African People!

    One Africa! One Nation!

    Aisha Fields, Ph.D.

    President, AAPDEP
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    abdurratln Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I would like to know what people think about this sad situation.
     
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    ocacia Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Solution

    If we are sincere we would set-up a mediation, a transparent one. And deal with this mess as a community. It is not so good having one side of the story, allow a response and a "court". Let the matter be judged by Neutral parties or elders.

    Many criminals do exist but it is very important to make sure we get them and not drag a brothers name through the mud without a fair trial.
     
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    abdurratln Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you, thank, thank you, African.

    Right now I am drafting a statement on this mess. The min point is that this issue is largely based on implied crime but not actual crime. This is not a criminal matter as far as I can. Instead, it ia political matter of not being strong in our opposition tot he illegal sanctions imposed against the government and people of Zimbabwe. The political problem is we have failed to show real and serious solidarity with our fellow Africans in Zimbabwe in our hour of greatest need. As result, liberals and conservatives have conspiried in such a way as to destrao the Zimbabwe economy and them cry "crime" and "embezzlement" when a few dolars get lost in this mess.

    The bottomline is, the amount of money in question is so small as to be ridiculous. What is 1$10-20,000 to show our love for our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe. Right now the average income in Zimbabwe is about $200-300 per year. So, in Zimbabwe $20,000 goeas a long ways towards easy some of the suffering. But, nobody even noticed that $20,000 was leaving the USA until now.

    There is no need for any kind of a trial. In the first place, there is no evidence that a crime has been committed. If one has been committedm there is aboslutely no evidence at all that ComradeMafa committed such alleged crime.

    For instance, I sent some money to Zimbabwe. Somehow, it came up missing. There are many ways that that could have happened. Maybe someone stole the mail. Maybe it got caught in a storm and was destroyed. The important thing that I can say persoially on the matter is that I can account for each and every penny that I know Comrade Mafa received. EVERY PENNY.

    As for the money that was lost, I do not worry about such small loses. If it was lost inside Zimbabwe, this means that it ultimately ended up helping ordinary people. And, that was my intent from the beginning.
     
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    ocacia Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    True but we need confidence, because I think you worked hard for that money. And we are a poor people. So if you gave $1 it is as Jesus would say " a lot".

    When you give with your heart. It is horrible that it doesnt go to the right people. Corruption is a cancer which we need to get rid off.

    check out this case study of criminals in Africa,

    edmundmhlongo .com

    So we should make sure our money goes to the intended project and not someones collection of cars like Edmund Mhlongo in South Africa who has deceived a lot of Pan-Africanist. Now we are discussing it the stories and the connections are emerging. So yes there are real crooks, but I do not think Mafa is one of them. Maybe poor judgment and mismanagement more than the above.
     
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    Campaign against the Sanctions

    It is not even poor judgement and mis-management. At worse, it growing pains because we are creating something in the African Nation and for the African Nation that has never been attempted before. We are revolutionaries. Like all revolutionaries, we learn by trial and error.

    Our error was to trust the wrong people, thinking that those who call themselves Pan-Africanists were in fact Pan-Africanists. This experience has proven that many are not. And, we have learned that lesson well.

    I have published the following statement in several places and will continue to post it everywhere that I can:

    Campaign against the Sanctions on Zimbabwe
    بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
    ٱلۡحَمۡدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ
    ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

    Bisimillah ir-Rahamn ir-Rahim
    Alamdulillah Rabi Alamin
    Ir-Rahman ir Rahim

    Muslims,
    Africans,
    Majesties,
    Excellencies,
    Comrades,
    Friends,
    Enemies,
    As-Salam Alaikum:

    The question has arisen as to how hard we must fight against the illegal sanctions imposed upon the People and Republic of Zimbabwe? I raise the question: how hard must we fight against injustice in the world, but particularly the injustice imposed upon Zimbabwe? How hard must we fight for right and against wrong? As Africans, how hard must we fight to show our solidarity and mutual suffering for our fellow Africans in Zimbabwe? Can a dollar sign be placed on our Struggle for Justice and our Struggle for what is right?

    The answer should be self-evident. There is no limit to how hard we must fight for justice and against in the world. There is no limit to how hard we must fight for what is right and against wrong. There is no limit to how hard we must show our solidarity with our fellow Africans and against divide and conquer, particularly in Zimbabwe.

    So, why does this question keep coming back in various forms to haunt us and disrupt the internal affairs of the African Nation? Who is behind this? What are their motives? Are they surprised to learn that we who fought injustice all across America for centuries will continue to fight injustice now? Are they surprised to see that we stand shoulder to shoulder with the poor and suffering Africans in Zimbabwe?

    Perhaps it is a matter of a lack of clarity. Maybe, some policy makers and advocates are just plain confused. So, let me take a moment or two to relieve them of their confusion. Let me offer them a bit of clarity on the hard facts of life in this new world that we all share.

    There are those who claim that the sanctions are directed against certain leaders in the Zimbabwe government. If that is so, please explain to us why 40% of ordinary people in Zimbabwe are malnourished as a direct result of those illegal sanctions? Why? Government leaders are not hungry. Why are innocent little babies starving to death as a direct result of those illegal sanctions? Why do pregnant women not have enough food to eat as a direct result of those illegal sanctions? Why did a cholera epidemic break out as a direct result of those illegal sanctions?

    Are those sanctions just? No. They are most profoundly unjust. Are they right? No. They are absolutely wrong. Are they what we want to see happening to our fellow Africans in Zimbabwe? No. We do not want to see innocent men and women and children suffer due to how our tax dollars are spent or not spent.

    According to the U.S Congress, the purpose of the sanctions is to “help” Zimbabwe become “democratic”. Really? So, the people elected MDC. MDC formed a Government of National Unity with ZANU-PF. Isn’t that enough “democracy”? What else can be done for “democracy”? Every political party in the country is represented in the current government. So, why have not the sanctions been lifted? How much more “democratic” can Zimbabwe become? Every sector of the political community is in the government. Are we to believe that this is anything other than “democratic”?

    Some people have funny ideas about what they mean about “democratic” and “democracy”. Maybe they can explain this mess to us. I doubt it.

    People are suffering in Zimbabwe. Not big government leaders. Not rich people. Not big commercial farmers. The people who are suffering and starving and dying in Zimbabwe are poor people. People who have very little to nothing to begin with are those most affected by those illegal sanctions. Small businessmen. Small farmers. Poor working class people. Teachers. Miners. Truck drivers. Unemployed. These are the people who are suffering in Zimbabwe as a direct result of those illegal sanctions.

    One such person is our brother and comrade and friend, Comrade Kwanisai Mafa. But, Comarde Mafa is different than most. He refused to suffer in silence. So, he got up and appealed to ordinary Africans around the African world to send him a few dollars once in awhile to help develop his small 25 hectare farm. Note that this farm is not owned exclusively by Comrade Mafa. A number of poor farmers share this farm with him. So, they begged for money for years and years. Finally, they had enough money saved up to have a borehole dug to irrigate their farm and thereby increase production.

    But, much more is needed. There is a recurring ongoing need to buy seeds each year. They need to buy tools and equipment. And, they need food to eat while they perform this hard back breaking farm work. Are we going to abandon our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe just as they begin to reach a point of sucess and victory against the sanctions? That would be stupid politics and worse economics.

    Yet, many, many who could do so have flat out refused to send him $50 or $100. Others have attempted to bribe him to give them control and title to the farm. How so? How dare them! From day one, he asked for DONATIONS. DONATIONS! That means NO STRINGS ATTACHED. There was never any commitment to let the donors own or control the farm. It was understood from day one that whatever money was DONATED would be used to help the farm get moving in the face of unjust and illegal sanctions that prevent them from getting any money whatsoever from any other source.

    But, the success of this work apparently embarrassed and humiliated those who would have us support illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe. A smear campaign emerged. Rumors were spread to the effect that “money” was not accounted for. What “money”? This is the question I would like to ask: what “money”? I sent $100. Is that the “money” that is causing the big uproar? Someone else sent $1000. Mind you now that this took several long hard years. $10,000? In six-seven years? That is about $1,000 per year. Are we to expect the entire little project to survive on $1,000 per year? I think not. There is a hidden agenda somewhere.

    Are we so mean and so stingy that we cannot afford $10,000 to show love and solidarity with our fellow Africans who are on the verge of starvation? $10,000-$15,000 over 7-8 years? At most, that is $2,000 per year. $2,000! Per year! Divided among several families to buy seeds, tools, equipment and still have enough left over to dig a well. Numbers do not lie. Where is the shame of those penny-ante so-called donors?

    Recently, I did not hear from Comrade Mafa for awhile. The man works extremely hard. So, I thought he was just busy. But, when he finally contacted me after a few days, he told me that he had been ill. This is what we are dealing with here when we talk about sanctions. This man has been malnourished for so long that his health is failing. Plus, he has a wife and a small child at home. Such are the victims of the sanctions. But, they are victims of something more: they are victims of our stinginess and our unwillingness to help our fellow Africans in times of need.

    WE MUST DO BETTER THAN THIS! We are better people than this.
    To begin with, instead of losing sleep over where $100 of donated so-called money went, we need to figure out how to end those illegal sanctions. Nobody asks when certain so-called charities take our $100 and line their pockets with about $80 of it and send the other $20 to help dig a well in Ethiopia, but not in Zimbabwe. Nobody complains about that insanity. Instead, they complain about a man who may have bought some milk for his baby instead of selling his farm to the lowest bidder.

    WE MUST DO BETTER THAN THIS!

    MUSLIMS!

    Comrade Kwanisai Mafa has recently confessed to me that he is a Muslim. We as Muslims must treat him accordingly. At a minimum, a Muslims cannot accept gossip against another Muslim. There must be no backbiting against Brother Comrade Kwanisai Mafa.

    Are we to abandon our fellow Muslims as soon as the battle gets started? NO! NO! NO! AND AGAIN NO!

    I am a religious advisor to Comrade Kwanisai Mafa. And, I hereby proclaim to ul-Ummah, to all of 1.5 billion or so Muslims everywhere, that Comrade Kwanisai Mafa is henceforth to be known to ul-Ummah, to all Muslims everywhere, as Brother Comrade Kwanisai Mafa. He is to be known to all Muslims everywhere as a Brother Muslim.

    And, I remind all Muslims everywhere, the entire Ummah, that when a person becomes a Muslim, all of his past sins are forgiven. Let me say this again: all of his sins, real sins and unreal sins, alleged sins and not alleged sins, criminal sins and non-criminal sins, political sins and non-political sins, financial sins and non-financial sins, imagined sins and non-imagined sins: ALL OF HIS PAST SINS ARE FORGIVEN IN THE EYES OF ALLAH AND IN THE EYES OF UL-UMMAH, ALL MUSLIMS EVERYWHERE! FOREVER!

    Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim, Alahamdullillah Rabi Alamin, ir-Rahmam ir-Rahim:

    Furthermore, the entity currently known as Ujamma Youth Farming Project and/or the Black Power Farm of Gweru, Republic of Zimbabwe, and other such similar projects, are hereby invited to solicit funding from ul-Ummah, all Muslims everywhere. I hereby call upon ul-Ummah, all Muslims everywhere, to send whatever amount of money they can afford to Brother Comrade Kwanisai Mafa, P.O. Box 123, Gweru, Republic of Zimbabwe. And, please be generous. There is no place for stinginess in ul-Ummah.

    Pass the hat in your place of worship and send the proceeds to Kwanisai Mafa, P.O. Box 123, Gweru, Republic of Zimbabwe. [email protected].
    The time has come to take a few minutes out our busy work days and email Congress. Email the Senate. Email the Secretary of State, the Vice President, the President; and do not beg and plead. No sir. We the people pay the costs to be the boss in this country. The time for begging and pleading is OVER. WE MUST DEMAND AN END TO THE SANCTIOBN AGAINST ZIMBABWE. And, we must start paying attention. Make lists of every elected official who does even the least negative thing against Zimbabwe. When the elections come around, DO NOT VOTE for them. Vote for anybody except those who support sanctions against Zimbabwe.

    And if this does not work, organize teach-ins on college campuses. Pass out flyers to educate others about the true impact of those sanctions on every day, ordinary people in Zimbabwe. Hold rallies. Organize marches and demonstrations. The time has come for we the people to let the powers that be know that we mean business. We will no longer sit silently by while injustice of such monumental proportion is carried out with our tax dollars and in our name.

    Write a letter to the editor. Post a positive statement supporting poor and suffering people in Zimbabwe on your blog. The power is in our hands, now. All educated and informed people have access to Facebook.com, Myspace.com, Ning.com, Twitter and various other means to express ideas in public. Make creative use of this new technology; and let the entire world know that we the people want those illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe lifted right; and lifted right now!

    Also, use the new technology to get the word out. Let other Muslims and other Africans know that now is the time to act. Spread the word. Spread a very simple message: End the Sanctions. Now! RIGHT NOW!

    AFRICANS OF THE WOLRD UNITE!
    WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS!

    Sheik Abdurrahman T. L. Nelson
    Front for the Unification & Development of Africa & Arabia
    Popular Front for African Unity
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