Former African leaders urge current leaders to address challenges facing continent


Former African leaders meeting in Tanzania’s business capital Dar es Salaam on Friday urged current leaders to address challenges facing their countries, including respect for constitutions.

The former leaders meeting under the African Leadership Forum said sitting presidents should respect their constitutions to avoid unnecessary conflicts.

The former leaders included former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, former South African President Thabo Mbeki and former president of Somalia Hassan Mohamud.

Mohamud said Africa need to have leaders that respect constitutions, adding that the African leaders should take power and relinquish power by legal means and not otherwise to eliminate conflicts among the people.

Mkapa highlighted the need for the African Union (AU) to strengthen its relationship with the UN Security Council.

“This move will lead to empowering the AU’s Security Council to work toward resolving ongoing conflicts in the region,” Mkapa told a news conference at the end of the two-day meeting.

“Strengthening of our continent’s institutions tasked with peace and security matters is very important,” added Mkapa who ruled Tanzania between 1995 and 2005.

Former South African President Mbeki said the forum focused on specific cases on situations in the Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Enditem,

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