Former President of Namibia, His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba Lucas is asking contemporary African leaders to eschew acts of “corruption and self-enrichment” in order to have their citizen’s rally support behind them to unleash the needed development.
He said each country must embrace democracy and it’s attending characteristics and there should be no more coup d’état, unconstitutional changes of governments, arbitrary arrest and detention of people for political reasons.
Speaking at the Fourth Edition of the Africa Leadership Lectures at the University for Development Studies (UDS) on the topic; Inspirational and Extraordinary Africa Leaders, the Former Namibian president paid glowing tribute to great African leaders like Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Robert Mugabi of Zimbabwe, Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Patrice Lumumba of Congo among others for their inspirational leadership and determination to liberate Africa from white oppression.
“It was awakening the burning desire of the African people for the attainment of independence and the struggle by the bravery and exemplary leadership of African leaders who inspire the countrymen and women to fight against the injustices by the white minority”, he said .
According to him, without the visionary African leadership, the liberation of Africa would have been delayed.
The three-day event, which is the fourth in its series, was instituted 4 years ago and is held annually to contribute to national, and transitional discourse on productive leadership culture that will support and advance Africa’s development.
This year’s lectures is on the theme; “Genesis and trajectory of contemporary African leadership, reaffirming the legitimacy of African leadership philosophies and approaches, tacking the evolution thereof and projecting the vision for united and integrated Africa”.
The lectures will be climaxed on Friday with a special congregation where the UDS is expected to confer a Honorary Doctorate Degree on Mr. Lucas Pohamba for his exemplary leadership which led to the transformation and development of Namibia, making him to win the Mo Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership in 2015.