Professor Arthur G. Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, has said the lack of a common vision among African Leaders has contributed to under-development of the continent.
He said the continent was suffering from different visions from various leaders which pose a great threat to the sovereignty and development of the continent.
“Good leaders have good vision, well disciplined and creative to adopt a common goal for national development,” he said.
Prof Mutambara was speaking at the 2012 Annual Democracy Lecture on the theme “Building a Peaceful, Democratic, Non-Partisan and Prosperous African State: Understanding Where African Leaders have gotten it wrong” in the Accra.
The Lecture which was organized by National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) aimed at creating platform to deepen understanding among citizenry about democracy and to encourage them to internalize and live their constitutional rights, responsibilities and freedoms in practical terms.
It was intended to bring democratic governance closer to the people and dialogue on ways to sustain and deepen democracy.
Prof Mutambara said economic diversification and regional economic coalitions were vital to sustain and improve development on the continent.
He said there was the need to place more emphasis on transparency, deepen science and technology, human capacity, and invest more in health, women and youths to facilitate socio-economic development to help reduce poverty.
He called on the security services and the judicial services the various countries of the continent to be effective and non-partisan to defend national interest.
Mrs Charlotte Osei, Chairman of NCCE, expressed concern over the polarization of the Ghanaian society which had negative impact on the democratic governance of the country.
“I believe that there is the need for all of us to stand up for Ghana. Whatever we do, we need to put Ghana first before any partisan interest,” she said.
She said Ghana had earned international acclamation as a country that had accepted the electoral process as the sole legitimate means of determining their government because of its successful conduct of five consecutive Presidential and Parliamentary elections of which two had resulted in transferring of power .
Mrs Osei said the 1992 constitution had provided political platform to ensure a great number of people participated in governance voting in an election or contesting for political office.
She said it had also guaranteed liberalized media landscape which had given a voice and created a platform upon which citizens interact with political class to ensuring accountable governance.
She called on political leaders to desist from using intemperate language to enhance the credibility of the operations of all key players in the political fields.