Mr. Chanda says true independence in Africa will come when the leaders of the continent are accountable and transparent in public service; when the people of Africa participates freely and openly in a system of democratic governance.
He adds that true independence will come when the people are free to choose among options that will advance their socio-economic needs and when the people will be strategic partners in development.
The OSF Executive Director furthermore notes that Africa tops in all of the vices such as highest HIV/AIDS rate, highest malaria rate and harbors the world’s poorest people.
He says Africa will never be free until Africans in government and those outside begin to abhor corruption and the relationship between the corruptor and corruptee.
Mr. Chanda stresses that today’s Africa frowns on accountable leaders and cherishes murderers and corrupt government officials.
He says corruption is at its peak in almost all African governments, and it is not just casting doubts on the credibility of the present crop of African leaders, but also eroding public confidence in the governments as a whole.