Eastern Africa

United Nations official says Africa not suited for western democracy


NAIROBI- A senior United Nations official says the western democracy is not suitable for Africa.

Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Abdalla Hamdok told Chinese news agency, Xinhua, that Africa needs it’s on democracy that is linked with the history and the countries’ context.

He said: “Africa should build its own model and style of democracy because western and African countries differ in social behaviours, cultural norms and tradition.”

Hamdok explained Africa’s colonialism experience disrupted the national and traditional development on the continent, including the culture and the way African countries governed themselves.

“The democracy is not supposed to be imported. It has to be linked with the history and the countries’ context, that is why Africa’s own model of democracy is the way to go,” he said.

Hamdok also Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Advisory Council, he spoke to the new agency on the sidelines of the annual Ibrahim Governance Weekend held in Kigali, Rwanda.


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