Lilongwe – SADC Chairperson President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi says the peaceful transfer of power in Zambia will go a long way towards dismantling Afro-pessimism, and that the continent does not need babysitters when it comes to democracy.
President Chakwera made the remarks at Tuesday’s inauguration of President Hakainde Hichilema, who outpolled his predecessor Mr Edgar Lungu in the August 12 general election.
“No longer should the watching world dare to define what Africa is, lest they misrepresent it yet again by majoring on minors or advancing the usual Afro-pessimism that amplifies negatives read out of context. This Zambian story is proof positive that Africa is not an infant to be babysat,” said President Chakwera. “This Zambian story is proof positive that Africa is not a charity case to be pitied.”
The SADC Chair said the peaceful transition from Mr Lungu to President Hichilema, and from one party to another, had displayed the spirit of civility and progressiveness permeating Africa.
“All over the continent and diaspora, Africans are right to celebrate like they are all Zambians today. The symphony of African virtues the Zambian people have orchestrated in this story are a true representation of all of us.
“Those virtues have brought joy to homes at the foot of Table Mountain in South Africa; those virtues have brought joy to farmers on the banks of the Casamance River in Senagal; those virtues have brought joy to fishermen in their boats on the waters of Lake Mai-Ndombe in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” President Chakwera said.