The Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps in Ghana Pavelyn Tendai Musaka has urged African citizens to be agents in the fight to stamp out corruption from the continent.
She said the fight against the canker was one for the citizens and not any other global bodies adding that it behooves Africans to demand action on corrupt practices in their respective countries in order to bring about development for the people and not leave the battle only to the international community.
“If we Africans don’t stand up to fight our own corruption nobody else will do it for us,” she pointed out during a joint health walk held in Accra on Saturday to mark the 55th birthday of the African Union and the 70th anniversary of the International Day of the UN Peacekeepers.
The walk, which involved security agencies and the diplomatic community including the Chinese embassy, formed part of activities to mark the two events.
According to Musaka, who is also the Zimbabwean ambassador to Ghana, it is job of Africans to be agents to fight corruption, urging them to work create the Africa they want and to achieve agenda 2063 which is a 2013 strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent for the next 50 years.
Damptey Asare, the Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at Ghana’s Foreign Ministry, also requested Africans to support efforts to eliminate corruption as the scourge is impacting negatively on the continent’s development.
“We all do hope globally that once we are able to fight corruption it’s possible to live a smooth path towards our development,” he said.
The AU Day will be observed across the continent on May 25 under the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Development.” Enditem