Arthur Mutambara
Pres., Movement for Democratic Change (Zimbabwe)

Re: What is your counsel?

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Arthur Mutambara

Arthur Guseni Oliver Mutambara, a Zimbabwean political figure and scholar has served as the President of a faction of the Movement for Democratic Change since February 2006, a position previously held by secretary general Welshman Ncube. The Movement for Democratic Change split in 2005 after a dispute over whether or not to participate in Zimbabwean parliamentary election. Born May 25, 1966, Mutambara was a strong voice in the Zimbabwean student movement in 1988 and 1989, leading anti-government protests at the University of Zimbabwe, which led to his eventual arrest and detention. He continued his education as a Rhodes scholar at Merton College, Oxford in the United Kingdom, obtaining a Ph.D. in Robotics and Mechatronics. In his field he had taught at a number of universities in the United States including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has published three books on engineering including: Design and Analysis of Control Systems, Decentralized Estimation, and Control for Multisensor Systems and Mechatronics and Robotics. Additionally, he has served as a professor of Business Strategy and as a consultant for the management-consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Since September 2003 he has worked as the Managing Director and CEO of Africa Technology and Business Institute.

There is a drought of leadership in Africa. There are leaders who are trying at the moment. John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor is making some efforts in Ghana. Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki is also making efforts in South Africa. But I think we have a drought of leadership, because what we want to see in Africa is a leadership that has vision, and a vision that will make Africa respected. Not because we ask for respect, but we are respected because we have become players that are globally competitive. And also leaders that can unify the _______ of Africa. And that globalization . . . that survival is defined by regional sovereignty – super, national sovereignty; continental-wide sovereignty that says, “Let’s work together as regions. Let’s get to work together as Africa,” because numbers make a difference with globalization. We can’t compete with the European Union as Zimbabwe and South Africa. We can’t compete against the Chinese and the Americans as small countries. We can compete as regions _______ as the A.U. So this notion of regional integration – this notion of pooling our resources together – we need leaders in Africa who are driven by regional sovereignty. And we have had leaders who have talked about this. For example _________. You know he had his faults; but in 1961 they adopted their constitution. They _________. We as Africans are prepared to surrender our sovereignty in part or in total in pursuit of African unity ________. That’s the kind of leaders we want in Africa – leadership that is driven by Pan African sovereignty, and that moves away from national sovereignty. So no . . . Yes there are leaders who are trying in Africa, but we have a long way to go in terms of having that vision that is based on technology and science; a vision based on a regional sovereignty; and that will make Africa a respectable continent on this planet earth. Recorded On: 7/5/07