Friday, 22 May 2015
STATEMENT ON AFRICA DAY
Issued 22 May 2015
The Committee of the Peoples Charter (CPC) joins the African community and her Diaspora in commemorating Africa Day. This year’s commemorations are held under the theme: 2015 and Beyond: Engaging Agenda 2063.
On this day the CPC salutes the selfless sacrifice made by the African people and their leadership, (living and departed) in ridding the continent of slavery, colonialism and apartheid in an endeavour to make Africa a better continent for all who live on it.
Today we stand guided by the commitment made by our leaders in the drafting and actualization of Agenda 2063: A vision for the Africa we want, as an important and critical step in addressing the myriad of challenges afflicting the continent.
Agenda 2063 is premised mainly on the development of the African continent through the ability of the African citizenry and governments to put mobilization and ownership of continental programmes at the core. It is also driven by the principle of self-reliance of the continent in financing its own development; the importance on capable, inclusive and accountable states and institutions at all levels and in all spheres, the critical role of Regional Economic Communities as building blocks for continental unity, and holding ourselves and our governments and institutions accountable for results.
Agenda 2063 lays down seven important aspirations in pursuit of the Africa we want as follows:
1) A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development
2) An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of Pan Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance
3) An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law
4) A peaceful and secure Africa
5) An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics
6) An Africa where development is people-driven, unleashing the potential of its women and youth
7) Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner
Today gives us the opportunity to take stock and reflect on the strides and endeavours made by our leaders, as individual member states and as a collective in pursuit of these aspirations.
Of note is the effort made towards the attainment of the aspiration of good governance, democracy, and respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law. This aspiration is the cornerstone to the attainment of Agenda 2063, but that continues to get little regard from the continents leadership as corruption, civil wars, human rights abuse and acts of terrorism continue unabated.
In Zimbabwe today, the state of the nation is a far cry from the aforementioned aspirations, as evidenced by the growing gap between the haves and have-nots, the poor and the rich and more importantly the electorate and the elected. It seems today that public office is no longer there to serve the people but has become an instrument to ensure only those with the political connections continue to have space at the feeding trough. This, unfortunately, is a far cry from the ideal of equal opportunities that drove the 33 independent states that met in 1963 to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU), today known as the African Union (AU).
The CPC takes the occasion of Africa Day 2015, to remind the government of Zimbabwe of the commitment it has made, together with other African states, in pursuit of Agenda 2063. The Committee particularly implores on the government to seriously consider the state of the national economy, as it thrives to ensure that all citizens are given an equal opportunity to self-actualization without a bias of political affiliation, race, ethnicity or religion.
More so, the government should take reasonable measures to ensure that development is people-driven, unleashes the potential of women and youth, as equal partners and stakeholders in the sustainable development of our beautiful nation.
Issued by the CPC Information Department