Zimbabwe’s Former Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Olivia Nyembezi Muchena, has said that Africa can bridge the developmental gap between the continen
Zimbabwe’s Former Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Olivia Nyembezi Muchena, has said that Africa can bridge the developmental gap between the continent and the West if its inhabitants become more deliberate and systematic about implementing a long- term developmental plan for the future.
The celebrated politician made this statement today at the just-ended National Development Conference 2023 (NADEC ‘23) organised by The Church of Pentecost at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) in Gomoa Fetteh, Central region.
Speaking on the topic: “Raising Effective Politicians for Africa,” Dr. Muchena said Africans must totally break off the yoke of colonisation, which continues to hinder the continent’s progress.
According to her, Africa was not only physically and geographically colonised but also mentally; therefore, Africans need to reorient themselves to appreciate their true potential. “After appreciating the challenges we face, we need to ask ourselves, ‘How do we move from where we are to where we need to be by 2063?’” she said.
Dr. Muchena noted that to change the narrative, national leaders and politicians must champion the development agenda in their nations. She suggested that one way to do this is by establishing institutions that train people to become effective politicians.
She also urged churches and other religious organisations to emulate The Church of Pentecost by creating platforms for politicians and non-politicians to engage in dialogue and hold leadership accountable. The former minister also called Members of Parliament to prioritise their constituents’ well-being and hold the Executive branch of government accountable instead of only amassing wealth for themselves.