Deputy Speaker, the ACDP would like to commend the former UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, for challenging African leaders to show what he calls "tough love" to their counterparts.
At the release of the Africa Progress Report in Johannesburg, Mr Annan bemoaned the fact that African leaders don't speak up or get involved in the internal affairs of other countries on the continent.
Some African leaders have looted their countries and caused untold suffering to their own people, yet their counterparts, who are probably part of the brotherhood, refuse to speak up in defence of the suffering, the humiliated, the poor and the vulnerable in such countries.
The only notable exception to this unacceptable attitude and silence from African leaders is the Botswana president, hon Ian Khama, who believes in justice and is not afraid to speak his mind and stand up for what he believes.
The ACDP trusts and hopes that African leaders will heed the call of Mr Kofi Annan and start speaking up whenever their counterparts on the continent show signs of corruption, or commit human rights abuses against their own people. Thank you.