Zambia: President Calls for Expansion of African Economies

FOURTH president of the Republic of Zambia Rupiah Banda has called for the expansion of African economies if people are to reap the full benefits of democracy.

Mr Banda said on a continent that continued to suffer from some of the highest rates of inequality, hunger and poverty, democracy should be viewed as a mechanism of human dignity, in which every citizen was included and incorporated into the nation.

"What this means is that we must focus on delivering a vast expansion of our economies that can include more and more jobs, while at the same time protecting the most vulnerable," said President Banda in a public lecture delivered at the University of Dar -es- Salaam on Wednesday.

According to a statement released by his administrative assistant Mikatazo Wakumelo, Mr Banda called on the current crop of African leaders to pursue pragmatic solutions to people's problems as opposed to playing word games which tended to make politics seem insufficient and counterproductive.

He advised that there was no need for political parties to contest elections if they were unable to build capacity for problem-solving, and regretted that democratic elections did not always produce the desired results as the performance of leaders sometimes fell short of expectations,

"What people want are solutions, services and accountability. They have no use for ideology, no attraction to anger and attacks, and no patience for incompetence.

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