Жизнь после власти

Встреча на высшем уровне глав правительств стран - членов Содружества, которая состоится в Нигерии на следующей неделе, является решающим моментом для Нового Партнерства для Развития Африки (NEPAD), инициативы, разработанной африканцами для того, чтобы модернизировать правительства и экономику Африки. Продолжающийся экономический спад в Зимбабве при плохом правлении президента Роберта Мугаби посеял сомнения по поводу основного новшества NEPAD, его инструмента самоконтроля, Африканского Механизма Равной Проверки. Поскольку, если Мугаби может избежать ответственности, будет ли когда-либо работать процесс равной проверки NEPAD?

Вопрос является законным потому что, когда африканские инициативы терпят неудачу, обычно это происходит из-за отсутствия политического желания выполнить до конца свои обязательства и заявления. Полная неспособность африканских лидеров конструктивно критиковать себе равных сильно способствует этому.

Одной причиной, которую часто предлагают в качестве объяснения этого разрушительного феномена, является акцент, который многие африканские культуры ставят на взаимное уважение. Но взаимное уважение не исключает то, что нужно говорить людям правду. Большая надежда Африки заключается в том, что лидеры ее "нового поколения" - в основном, это относится к президенту Нигерии Оласегану Обасанджо и президенту Южной Африки Табо Мбеки, которые первыми помогли возглавить процесс равной проверки NEPAD - признают этот факт.

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