Self­ish African lead­ers slated

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ADDIS ABABA: AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has slammed some gov­ern­ments and lead­ers on the con­ti­nent for caus­ing their cit­i­zens to suf­fer. She sin­gled out South Su­dan, where vi­o­lent atroc­i­ties have been com­mit­ted against civil­ians as the aftermath of a fall­out be­tween Pres­i­dent Sal­var Kiir and his for­mer deputy, Riek Machar, in 2013 con­tin­ues. Some 500 000 peo­ple have been killed and about 2 mil­lion dis­placed in the world’s new­est coun­try. De­liv­er­ing her New Year’s mes­sage in Addis Ababa yes­ter­day, Dlamini Zuma blamed the lead­ers of some coun­tries. She said other coun­tries, such as Bu­rundi, Cen­tral African Repub­lic and Gam­bia, were also be­sieged by crises, caused mainly by the coun­tries’ gov­ern­ments. “Our gov­ern­ments and lead­er­ship are there to pro­tect the vul­ner­a­ble, to serve the peo­ple, not to be the cause of the peo­ple’s suf­fer­ing and ret­ro­gres­sion,” she said. “Enough is enough. Africans de­serve bet­ter, and we must all work to­wards bet­ter days, and to­wards peace, sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment.” Dlamini Zuma said the crises over­shad­owed sev­eral suc­cess­ful elec­tions held in some AU mem­ber states. She urged ag­grieved par­ties to re­spect the will of the peo­ple, abide by their na­tional and in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions, as well as re­sort to all non-vi­o­lent and le­gal means in re­solv­ing elec­toral dis­putes.

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