Respect legally established authorities, Africans advised

Respect legally established authorities, Africans advised

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete dons Ghanaian traditional attire (kente) as he shares a light moment with Chief Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of Ashanti Kingdom from Ghana at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. (Photo by John Lukuwi)

Africans have been advised to respect legally established authorities and stop abusing them on excuses of practising democracy, Chief Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of the Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana has said.

Chief Tutu II was speaking at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Sunday where he paid a courtesy call on President Jakaya Kikwete. He arrived in the country for a ten-day visit on invitation of the former President, Mr Benjamin Mkapa.

He said there are signs that the future of Africa is good but that will depend on how Africans struggle to manage their own economic status instead of depending on fathers like the International Financial Institutions.

He told President Kikwete that it was encouraging to see Africa advancing in building up its democracy, but he was equally saddened that some African countries were misusing it – only to abuse their leaders hence tarnishing its image.

“State leaders are elected by the people, therefore, it is important that soon after elections all who voted for him and who didn’t vote for him respect him especially after he has been sworn-in as a legally elected head of state,” he said.

President Kikwete concurred with Chief Tutu saying Africans are to face and overcome their various social and economic challenges and strive to be more creative and come up with policies that will help revamp the continent’s economy to bring about better life for its people.

He insisted the future economic life of the world will largely depend on Africa.

The two leaders also exchanged ideas on how the two countries can benefit from their long time bilateral co-operation which was cemented by founder leaders, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Kwame Nkrumah.

The late Nkrumah led Ghana to independence, being the first African country from South of the Sahara to flee from colonial regime in 1952.

“I am happy to be here since I have been hearing many success stories about Tanzania, which started during the days of our founder leaders Nyerere and Nkrumah. I hope my visit will strengthen this relationship even further,” said Chief Tutu.

Source Tanzania Daily News

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