AFRICA must cleanse itself of armed conflict and instead concentrate on establishing a sustainable development agenda viable enough to rid the continent of abject poverty and disease.
As leaders explore ways of developing the continent at the on-going African Union (AU) 20th ordinary session of the Assembly of African Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, they should firstly appreciate the deep scars etched on the resource-rich continent.
Secondly, they should work out effective ways of healing the scars at the same time finding solutions to the present conflicts.
Thirdly, the leaders must put in place a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to ensure solutions are on track.
Leaders must be magnanimous enough to point out ills that have led to wars and abuse of natural resources such as minerals.
As long as armed conflicts continue to plague the African continent, there would not be any sustainable development in this part of the world.