Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #460) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #460)
Transcript: dismiss the objection contemptuously but we explained that our organisation was formed expressly to unite Africans and that its membership was drawn from all sections of our people. The application was accepted. Strange enough for an organisation which claimed to value highly the principles and aims of Pan Africanism the PAC did not apply for affiliation.
In spite of Koinange's appeal several applications did not go through so smoothly and there was opposition from rival organisations from the same country. The organisation recognised by PAFMECSA from Ruanda Urundi, as the country was then known, was UNARU but was not represented at the conference. Its rival UPRONA was however present. Contrary to UNARU which stood for the unity of the whole country, UPRONA demanded a partition of the country on the ground that before conquest the two territories were two separate kingdoms and were only united by Belgium colonialists to serve their own intersests. UPRONA's application for affiliation was rejected on the ground that it was a tribal organisation.
But an aspect that particularly disturbed me was the attitude of most delegates in the PAFMECSA area to visitors from West Africa and the Arab countries. Abdoullayi Dialo, secretary general of the All African Peoples Conference and who was also Guinea (Conakry) Resident Minister in Accra and to which PAFMECSA was affiliated, was present and was accompanied by the Administrative Secretary of the AAPC, Mr. Edison. There were also the Guinea and Mali ambassadors in Cairo, Dr. Faud Gallal, Egyptian Minister of State for African Affairs, Ben Barka who carried the death sentence imposed on him by a Moroccan court and Toufie Boutoura, Algerian Ambassador in
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