Labour Economists and Afrikan Democrats (LEAD) party led by Linda Tsungirirai Masarira has expressed no interest in taking part in the mourning of Queen Elizabeth II who passed on yesterday evening.
In a statement by the party’s secretary for information and publicity Rosline Ncube, LEAD expressed no interest in mourning the Queen of England who took part and also benefitted from the colonisation of African countries.
‘As Labour Economists and Afrikan Democrats (LEAD) we do not feel compelled to mourn her death.
“If she was sincere about humanity, she would never have accepted heads of spirit mediums from Zimbabwe as trophies nor have them exhibited in a museum in the UK, ” said Ncube.
To LEAD, the death of Queen Elizabeth II has opened up fresh wounds of the Africans’ suffering during colonisation. The party has seen the death of the Queen as the appropriate time to claim everything that was taken by Windsor Royal Family back to Africa.
“As a Pan Afrikanist Party that is pushing for the unification of Africa, we see this as an opportune time to demand reparations for all that was looted from all African countries by the Windsor Royal Family and the repatriation of the heads of the Zimbabwean spirit mediums that continue to lie in UK museums.
“As if that was not enough the same royal family sanctioned all the actions of Cecil John Rhodes who plundered Northern and Southern Rhodesia now known as Zambia and Zimbabwe respectively.
“The late Queen Elizabeth benefitted from the sweat and blood of Africans, built a fortune from looted mineral resources from Africa.
“She presided over millions of atrocities and never apologized nor acknowledged the hand of the royal family in the destabilization of several countries around the globe,” the statement read.
Furthermore, LEAD called on all Africans to take this opportunity to restore their stolen identity as Africans.
“Queen Elizabeth’s death should be a damascene moment for several Africans who continuously fight their own leaders trying to please imperialists.
“We only have one continent that truly belongs to us as Africans and we need to protect it and save it from neocolonialism.
“Our self-determination was distorted, our culture desecrated and our identity stolen. It is time to restore our identity as African people, ” read the statement.