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Friday, 19 February 2016 18:21

Former Tanzanian President Dr Benjamin Mkapa has implored the current generation of African leaders to adopt the culture of pan-Africanism set by the founding fathers such as the late Julius Nyerere and others who advocated for unity and black economic empowerment.


Former Tanzania's president Dr Benjamin Mkapa presented a lecture on the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s vision on pan-Africanism at the Zimbabwe National Defence College.

"Part of the younger generation of African leaders lack the enthusiasm to vigorously pursue the vision of the founding fathers in the fight for economic liberation," said Dr Mkapa.

Dr Mkapa reminded the new breed of African leaders to emulate the late Mwalimu Nyerere, the late Kwame Nkrumah and others whose wishes were to see a free united Africa transforming itself into a world economic powerhouse.

The Julius Kambarage Nyerere lecture also touched on the need for the 14 regional blocks in Africa to fully use vast mineral resources Africa is endowed with and promote regional trade to fight hunger and poverty rather than relying on donors.

The lecture was attended by government ministers, service chiefs and National Defence College students.

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