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African democracy has no values – Executive Director of CDA

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The Executive Director of Community Development Alliance (CDA), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Salifu Issifu Kanton has opined that Africa has developed a democracy without values.

According to him, any democracy that is not anchored on authentic values is a complete misnomer of a democracy.

Mr Kanton was speaking in relation to calls for Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta to step down after the government made a U-turn to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for economic assistance.

The Finance Minister had earlier made a categorical statement that Ghana will not go to the IMF. He spoke on Day Break Upper East Show.

“Regrettably in Africa, we have developed a democracy without values and when you have a democracy that is not anchored on authentic values then you have a complete misnomer of a democracy.”

He said “in the West they have built western-style democracy along what they called western values; the western values of transparency, the western style of accountability, the western style of responsibility, the western style of truthfulness…those are what the west would say they going to wage on; that they’re fighting to defend western values of freedom, of justice, of transparency, of accountability, of inclusiveness; those are the things they called their western values. And you would see that western democracy is modeled along those lines. Just last week or so you heard that the Finance Minister of Argentina resigned on his own volition when he realized that he had run their country’s economy agog. Nobody forced him to resign.”

Mr Kanton mentioned that traditional African values of leadership are characterized by the notion that leaders are in perpetuity.

“When somebody becomes a leader [in Africa], he literally has in his mind that he could do whatever he wants and he could live in perpetuity. In Africa, leaders are not questioned. People see it to be an act of disrespect to be questioning your leader and demanding accountability from him,” the CDA Executive Director added.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana

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