‘Africa needs younger leaders’

SUDANESE-BRITISH billionaire Mo Ibrahim yesterday said the young generation should be in leadership to drive African economies as they have the energy and power, in remarks aimed at President Robert Mugabe.

NDAMU SANDU IN KIGALI, RWANDA

The philanthropist, who was a panellist on the Leadership for the Africa We Want session in Rwanda, said young people on the continent should be given the task to lead.

He said the average age of Presidents on the continent was about 63 years.
“We are the only continent where we have a President at 90 years starting a new term. Are you crazy or not? We see people in wheelchairs unable to raise hands standing for elections. This is a joke,” he said amid thunderous applause.

“You are right to laugh; the whole world is laughing at us.”

Mugabe celebrated his 90th birthday in February. He will be 94 years when he completes his term in 2018.  Mugabe is currently in Singapore for “routine medical check-up”.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won elections and was sworn in in a wheelchair in April.

Ibrahim went for the jugular saying bigger economies like the United States had entrusted its future in President Barack Obama, who will be turning 53 years in August this year.

“Why do bigger countries entrust their economies in the hands of those in the 40s? We pick people in the 90s to lead us. To lead us where? To the grave?”

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki said there was need for critical self-assessment, but there was no peer review among leaders as they were afraid to do so.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said succession was important, but had been reduced to an end in itself “to the extent that if you are in power and you did nothing, but have a successor, you are good”.

“We put succession plans on Presidents saying when are you going? Will you go? It shouldn’t be like that,” Kagame said.

Mugabe recently said that he did not have a successor because people had to choose one.

Yesterday’s high-level event is part of the meetings held during the annual indaba of the African Development Bank Group.

This year’s annual meetings opened on Monday and will close tomorrow in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

18 Comments

  1. “Why do bigger countries entrust their economies in the hands of those in the 40s (Barack Obama)? We pick people in the 90s to lead us(Robert Mugabe). To lead us where? To the grave?”

    1. Google is paying 75$ per hour! Just work for few hours & spend more time with friends and family. On Sunday I bought themselves a Alfa Romeo from having made $5637 this month. Useful site………

      ===================
      http://www.Jobsbat.com
      ===================

      1. VickieSDiaz (@VickieSDiaz)

        Star­­­­t m­­­­aking cash right now… G­­­­et more t­­­­ime with you­­­­r family by do­­­­ing jobs that only require for you to have a c­­­­omputer and an internet access and you can have th­­­­at at your home. Start bringin­­­­g up to $8012 a mont­­­­h. I’ve started this job and I­­­­’ve never been­­­­ happ­­­­ier and now I am sharing it wit­­­­h you, so you can try it too. You can check it out here………..

        >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ­http://www.ZeeJob.com
        ۩۞۩ஜ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ۩۞­۩ஜ
        GO TO THE SITE AND CLICK NEXT TAB FOR MORE INFO AND HELP

  2. Mo Ibrahim have your billions and we will have our Mugabe!Pamberi navaMugabe!Even from a wheelchair we need your vision and courage.Tongai baba,Mo does not vote in Zimbabwe.Mo go and solve the Sudanese conflicts with your billions.Hungry but living in peace.

    1. Google is paying 75$ per hour! Just work for few hours & spend more time with friends and family. On Sunday I bought themselves a Alfa Romeo from having made $5637 this month. Useful site………

      ===================
      http://www.Jobsbat.com
      ===================

  3. NONRUNNERS AND ACCIDENT DAMAGED WANTED 0772944904

  4. A letter to Mr Mo Ibrahim.Why are you hiding in the Queen’s land whlist your own people are killing each other in Sudan?Bieng old is a gift from God remember that.Why do you hate old people who are in positions of influence?In Zimbabwe Blacks are the owners of the land no matter suffering or not.Did they aproach you asking for help?You must take care of your divided Sudan and your Islamist groups,they want to eliminate Africans.Leave Zimbabwe and use your billions in South Sudan.

  5. there are other younger leaders who just think about girlfriends and do nothing else.Mo ibrahim got to sudan and make change

  6. Mo! Sudan needs u yesterday. Your house is on fire! Mo! Mo! Mo! Wena change your mindset.

  7. Peckson paul kazingizi

    Words of wisdom from Mo Ibrahim, surely Zimbabweans we are cursed. We claim to be educated but without brains, even the future generations will be shocked and mock the present generation. Reaching the age of 90 years is a blessed from god, but the one thing God will do is renew your body cells, hence the reason why our bodies tend to shrink and function inadequately. Our brains develop holes and gaps within the memory capacity which are irreplaceable and when this happens, the most affected part in the brain is the present and future aspect. This leaves the past thinking brain intact which only allows the person to think retrospectively. Hence in our culture or in families we do depend on our uncles to tell us of the past and give us advice based on the past experiences not the present or future because they haven’t got a clue or insight of the future. So it`s in our nature and we can`t fault anyone but we are to be blamed for our failure to recognise our nature and putting all our responsibilities to a person with no insight of the present or future. For sure he or she will only ever take us to the grave. So who are we to blame?

    1. aah,Tsano, imi ndimi muri cursed kwete tose. If you are cursed it doesn’t mean we are all cursed. I for one am blessed beyond your curse.

  8. Peckson paul kazingizi

    Words of wisdom from Mo Ibrahim, surely Zimbabweans we are cursed. We claim to be educated but without brains, even the future generations will be shocked and mock the present generation. Reaching the age of 90 years is a blessed from god, but the one thing God will do is not renew your body cells, hence the reason why our bodies tend to shrink and function inadequately. Our brains develop holes and gaps within the memory capacity which are irreplaceable and when this happens, the most affected part in the brain is the present and future aspect. This leaves the past thinking brain intact which only allows the person to think retrospectively. Hence in our culture or in families we do depend on our uncles to tell us of the past and give us advice based on the past experiences not the present or future because they haven’t got a clue or insight of the future. So it`s in our nature and we can`t fault anyone but we are to be blamed for our failure to recognise our nature and putting all our responsibilities to a person with no insight of the present or future. For sure he or she will only ever take us to the grave. So who are we to blame?

    1. As they make fun of the old, they insult the God who gives life to the old. Life is a gift, let us celebrate it. According to Mo’s wisdom, the younger one is, the better he or she is to lead, which is just idiotic. An ability to lead is in wisdom, not age.

      What is the average age of US presidents in history? EU presidents? Asian presidents? There is nothing different or unique about the average age of the African president compared to the rest of the world, to those who search for the truth for themselves. It is one thing for one monkey in a suit to make fun of other ‘monkeys’ to the amusement of baas; it is quite another for a monkey in a suit to make any sensible utterances that edify. By the way, baas’ amusement is not in the wit of the monkey in a suit but in monkeys hating on each other to please baas hoping that one day baas will call the monkey in a suit one of his children.

      Zvinosiririsa.

    2. Perhaps you are cursed, not all of us. As a matter of facts only a few, like, maybe you for instance,are cursed.

  9. GONAREZHOU TAMBURAI

    To hell with pple who can’t see great sense in Mo’s speech.Anyway, those are ZPF bootlickers who,like their corrupt leaders,don’t care where the country is going as long as Mugabe is in power.. Criminals never repent. Zimbabwe ends with the death of their leader.No wonder why succession is taboo in ZANU-PF. SURELY,WHAT CAN ONE EXPECT FROM A 90 YEAR OLD MAN ??

  10. Zimbos are good at gossip nothing else.

  11. Guys who is taking over from Mugabe like it or not his time is up,ZanuPf must reform otherwise we need an alternative by whatever means.

  12. That is true, a 90 year old should be on pension achikanga nyimo murufuse padare, Mugabe has failed, Zimbabwean’s should not be interested in Zpf’s succession plan but map a way towards 2018, young leader’s you are plenty out there.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *