Malawian President Bingu Wa Mutharika has said Africa should not wait for the West to prescribe solutions for its problems.
And Zambia’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda has said Africa’s journey to prosperity needs prudent and decisive decisions for the continent to attain sustainable economic and social development.
Speaking yesterday in Lusaka when he paid a courtesy call on Dr Kaunda at his Kabulonga office, President Wa Mutharika said Africa’s future depended on cooperation by its leaders.
I believe that the memoirs Dr Kaunda is writing are really not addressed to Zambians or Africa but to the entire world
“We shouldn’t wait for the West to come and tell us what we should do. I have told Washington that I know my problems and we know the solutions.
“I want our children to know that while there is an Africa of hopelessness, an Africa of hunger, there is also another Africa, an Africa of opportunities,” he said.
He said five years from now, issues of food shortages would be history for Malawi and Zambia, given the good performance of both countries.
“We do not have to go overseas to beg for food, Malawi and Zambia can actually feed some parts of SADC,” he said.
Prof Wa Mutharika said he was happy to learn that Dr Kaunda was writing his memoirs.
He said he has been inspired by Dr Kaunda’s writings on humanism.
“I believe that the memoirs Dr Kaunda is writing are really not addressed to Zambians or Africa but to the entire world,” he said.
Dr Kaunda said African countries were on a journey to prosperity, and that time had come for the continent to rethink its economic strategy.
He said agriculture should be considered as the mainstay of the economies of African countries.
[Times of Zambia]