We need an emerging Africa that caters to its people needs, thus one that bring changes across the board on the land. In an era when the African Union and many African countries and its leaders are amassing personal state power, not as a means to develop the continent but to amass personal wealth, from the public purse, this phenomenon has left Africans poorer. Studies say young Africans make up the bulk of the population in their various countries and yet, are hardly if ever represented in the leadership structures of African countries. According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, “60% of Africa’s population in 2019 is under the age of 25, making Africa the world’s youngest continent.” According to the UN’s demographic projections, “the median age in Africa was 19.8 in 2020.”
Pundits say, the current political bureaucracy is corrupt and decadent, and “needs reform,” and hence, if the older generation of leaders currently at the helm cannot fix their countries, it is time “Africa looks to its young leaders” to bring about this change.
Already in Uganda Kyagulanyi Sentamu, popularly referred to as Bobby Wine, has shaken the political establishment there, a young leader himself, as he continues to challenge long time president and dictator Yoweri Museveni for the presidency. His trailblazing campaign this year put the whole of Africa on notice that indeed the tide is turning for something significant on this continent. In South African for example, Mmusi Maimane, the former DA leader continues to inspire despite his resignation as head of the main opposition in South Africa. Young Leaders are also emerging in Liberia and many other African countries,
It is in this regards that the Liberian Listener is endorsing the Zambian, Pan Africanist, Cde. Mainda Simataa of the Economic Liberation Association or ELA, as he contests for a seat in Ward Five, Lusaka Zambia in the upcoming Zambian election. Simataa is a Pan African activist whose passion for Africa is enormous. His candidacy on the UPND (United Party for National Development) ticket we hope has the promise for Africa that we envisioned, we hope he will not let us down, as many African leaders continue to let Africa down.
So much has been squandered in Africa since independence was won in the 1960s by African leaders, this is disconcerting, disheartening and unfortunate. African leaders have not built institutions that has sustained the hopes, peace and aspirations of our peoples, but continue to lead with fiat, and that is where this issue lies– we need strong institutions not strong leaders and this is why the Liberian Listener wishes Cde Mainda Simataa well, while calling on the African Union to be more assertive in African Affairs. And if Comrade Simataa let us down, we will come right back here to tell you!
We need new ideas on this continent, and new breed of leaders in whose heart Africa burns! Leaders who care for our people, but care about African interests, and put those IINTERESTS FIRST, and not stooges of neo colonialism and of imperialism, who pander to selfish interests and are sell outs, thereby dashing the hopes of our people, on this continent.
Main Photo: Cde Mainda Simataa, [Pan Africanist, Zambia], ELA/UPND