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Africa will only be politically stable, and become prosperous if leaders pursued President Robert Mugabe’s pan-African ideals, a senior Sudanese official has said.

In an interview, State Minister for Human Resources Development and Labour, Elsading Ali Hasab Elrasoul, who represented Sudan at the Zanu-PF Sixth National People’s Congress, said Africa was unstable and poor because it had allowed itself to be divided by world powers.

African leaders, he said, should prioritise the continent’s unity, independence and intra-Africa economic co-operation to achieve sustainable economic development and political stability.

“As long as Africa allows itself to be a playground of the big powers, it will not develop economically, and will remain politically unstable,” Ali Hasab Elrasoul said.

“President Mugabe, by resisting foreign interference in Zimbabwe’s affairs, and insisting on local ownership of natural resources, is showing Africa the right path to development and stability,” he said.

Zimbabwe, through its land reform and indigenization programmes, has placed local ownership of natural resources at the heart of its economic policies.

Through this, for example, hundreds of thousands of landless blacks have been resettled on formerly white-owned farms, and are now the main drivers of the key agricultural industry. The benefits of resettlement to both the black farmers and the economy have been enormous, especially as far as national food security, employment and social development is concerned.

In the area of natural resources, Zimbabwe is championing local ownership and beneficiation of these, particularly minerals. As a result, several foreign-owned mining companies, and other businesses, have had to localize sizeable shareholdings in the firms to comply with the indigenisation laws of the country. Such economic policies, Ali Hasab Elrasoul said, were a panacea to Africa’s real economic and social development, and political stability.

He said the era where foreign companies, in the name of investment, sought to own and control all of Africa’s natural resources should come to an end.

“Africa cannot develop on its own, and therefore partnerships with foreign investors are inevitable, but the structure of such partnerships should be in favour of Africa to reflect ownership of the resources being exploited,” he said.

“Zimbabwe and President Mugabe have shown Africa that national resources and sovereignty can be defended all it takes is commitment and preparedness to bear the consequences of such bold decisions,” Ali Hasab Elrasoul noted.

Yet Africa, at the moment, is so hopelessly divided even on key issues such as whether or not to submit to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which seems to only target leaders from developing countries.

Although the African Union (AU) has agreed not to recognize the ICC, some countries have broken ranks with the rest of the continent, and submitted to the court.

Source : The Herald

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