Chamisa impressed by African statesmen at Biti’s book launch
MDC leader Nelson Chamisa on Thursday graced the launch of a book which the party’s deputy national chairperson Tendai Biti co-authored with former President Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria) and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia).
Speaking after the launch, Chamisa praised the authors for investing in ideas, adding that he appreciated wisdom from Africa’s statesmen.
“I always appreciate wisdom from Our African statesman. Kudos to the authors Hon Biti, Gregg Mills, Jeffrey Herbst and President Obasanjo for investing in ideas,” Chamisa said.
Speaking at the Harare launch, Biti said: “One of the sad points justifying the writing of the book is that the SADC region has seen reversals and it so important for the region to understand the link between democracy and development.”
The book, titled Democracy Works: Re-Wiring Politics to Africa’s Advantage, was written by Biti, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo as well as Gregory John Barrington “Greg” Mills, who heads the Brenthurst Foundation, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, established in 2005 by the Oppenheimers to strengthen African economic performance.
Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf provided a foreword to the book which was launched on 27 March in Johannesburg and 28 march in Harare.
American political scientist Jeffrey Herbst, who is also the President of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California, co-authored the book.
Picador Africa published the book in January this year.
Democracy Works explores how we can learn to nurture and deepen democracy in Africa to ensure economic growth and political stability. It identifies a ‘democratic playbook’ to meet the threats to free and fair elections.
The authors also argue that substantive democracy demands more than simply regular polls, but that democracy is fundamentally about the inner working of institutions, the rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances, and leadership in government and civil society, as much as it is about values and the welfare and well-being of its citizens.