Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter
Zimbabwe opposition politician Charlton Hwende has praised the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi describing him as a visionary who wanted to bring Africa together under one currency, one country idea.
Hwende who is the secretary general of Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) shocked his followers after posting a tweet praising Gaddafi whose name often divides a lot in the African court of public opinion.
“Brother Leader killed for advocating for the unity of Africans (United States of Africa) and a common African Currency (Gold Dinar). We must continue pushing for these dreams and end the dominance of the US$,” Hwende tweeted.
The message did not go down well with a number of pro-American activists attacking Hwende on the platform and calling CCC President Nelson Chamisa to deal with him.
Gaddafi was assassinated in October 2011 after the Battle of Sirte in a campaign led by NATO and the National Transitional Council.
He was famous among Pan-Africanists as he pushed for the realization of a continental currency to rival the market dominant United State Dollar.
Gaddafi also wanted Africa to remove the borders created by Western countries during the colonisation era and instead form the United States of Africa with one government, one currency and one army.
The same dream is being pushed by South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters led by Julius Malema though it has left a lot of people on the continent divided.