DR Fred M’membe says the Cuban Revolution brought belief to the world that a determined people can bring down a brutal dictatorship and institute people-led radical reforms that have made Cuba a reference point.
In a letter to Communist Party of Cuba First Secretary Raùl Castro Ruz on the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution which falls today, Dr M’membe the Socialist Party (Zambia) 2021 presidential candidate and the party’s deputy general secretary stated that progressives in his party joined the heroic people of Cuba in celebrating the monumental 60th anniversary.
He stated that after the Russian Revolution, there was no other Revolution other than the Cuban one, that had made “such a transcendental impact in global affairs.”
“Dear Comrade Raùl, receive our warm regards. Today we join you and the heroic people of Cuba in celebrating the monumental 60th anniversary of the Triumph of the Revolution. Sixty years today the Revolution brought belief to the world that a determined people can bring down a brutal dictatorship and institute people-led radical reforms that have made Cuba a reference point,” Dr M’membe stated.
“Still fresh in our memory are the heroics of our Cuban internationalist compatriots, many of whom perished, in struggle for independence and right to self-determination of the peoples of Angola, Namibia and indeed South Africa.”
He stated that without the clarity and intervention of Cuban forces in the liberation of southern Africa, “particularly against the brutal apartheid forces supported by imperialists,” the independence of South Africa would not have accelerated.
“Comrade Raùl, yours and commandante Fidel Castro Ruz, has been a true Revolution leading by its same ideals and principles from the inception and perfecting what needs to be perfected progressively and without improvisation in full consultation with the people,” Dr M’membe stated.
He told Raùl that the Socialist Party’s rank and file was following with admiration and keen interest the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines of the Party and the Revolution, including the review of the Constitution, “that now goes to a referendum in February 2019.”
“We cannot forget the admirable work of Cuban internationalist medical brigades that has won hearts here in Africa, including Zambia, and all over the world,” Dr M’membe stated.
“Despite the most brutal and genocidal economic, commercial and financial blockade with extra-territorial reach persecuted by the United States against Cuba, the Revolution continues to offer solidarity, including scholarships to thousands of African, Latin America, Caribbean, US citizens and other Asian countries. How can we forget your relentless demand for the liberation of Palestine and the Western Sahara?”
He added that what the Cuban Revolution had achieved in education, sports and culture, health, among others, set Cuba apart, given the circumstances under which “you have been forced to work.”
“The Socialist Party (Zambia) joins you and the people of Cuba in celebrating these 60 years of the Revolution. Cuba is our beacon. Though thousands of miles away, on this occasion, we join you and the heroic people of Santiago in this celebration,” Dr M’membe stated.
“We look forward to a day, when conditions permit, to travel to Cuba to also pay our respects to Commandante Fidel.”
He stressed that his admiration of and respect for Fidel, Raùl and all Cuban revolutionaries increased every day.
“You have defied the odds and built a society based on the highest standards of fairness, justice and humaneness. You have shared what you have with others across the globe. The Cuban Revolution is rightfully a beacon for people who believe that a better world is indeed possible. The Cuban Revolution deserves our solidarity and respect today and forever. We congratulate you, the PCC and the people of Cuba for these wonderful 60 years of boundless humanity. Fidel lives in us!” stated Dr M’membe.