Sunday, July 13, 2014

Good leadership code is a solution to ward off problems in Africa, says a don

LACK of good governance coupled by poor leadership strategies among the executives has been described to be the major reasons that fuels endless political crisis which is taking place in some countries in African continent, a don has observed. The dean and a senior lecturer of a Kenyan based Strathmore Business School (SBS) Dr. George Njenga made the observation in Dar es Salaam on Friday night in a forum that addressed ethical leadership which was organized by CEO Tanzania roundtable (CEOrt). The topic has been the main discussion point by members of CEOrt for the executives of the leading giant companies in Tanzania since the start of this year with a view to ensure sustainable economic growth and prosperity. During his presentation, Dr. Njenga who was invited as a main speaker to the forum that is run every month noted that, Africans can build own continent and get out of poverty if are determined to maintain good governance and leadership in order to protect the resources endowed within the continent. He said the two aspects should be considered the major focal point for national development and that must be insisted as they form part of the constitution of the people for the purpose of developing African countries and its entire population. However, he noted that, if the two aspects are not strongly emphasized in people’s constitution, corruption would easily pave its way and people would continue suffering. He noted that, corruption is being practiced because people are not serious with the determination to end the vice and this is primarily due to poor governance, a factor that few untrustworthy leaders would continue to confiscate country’s richness that belongs to entire people through dubious contracts entered with investors. 

CEO Roundtable Chairman for Tanzania, Ali Mufuruki

He further noted that, in order for African governments to be safe from being exploited in this manner, good governance and leadership codes must be respected at all costs.  He furthermore mentioned that, youths should be taught in schools and become knowledgeable of the concept, he added. He said, to some extent some governments are not able to ward off their existing political disparities not just because of the poor resources, but due to lack of leadership code and poor governance their leaders practice which makes them fail to reach out their targets. According to him, he rated an average of Tanzanian youths who are knowledgeable with the concepts of good governance and leaderships codes is only 2 percent, an aspect which he said Tanzania needs to put much efforts to educate its youths to become aware of the concept as it is only a solution. On his part, CEO Roundtable Chairman for Tanzania, Ali Mufuruki noted earlier that, since the inception of this year, his organization has been discussing issues related with ethical leaderships as a top priority as business leaders are facing many challenges within their organizations due to primarily lack of ethical leadership. He told a press conference that, his organization is keen to implement a programme designed to promote accountability and transparency and efficiency within the public and private sectors in the country for the sustainable advancement of the country’s economy. He further noted that, the organization recognizes the importance of ethical leadership practices towards empowering the youths as they are Africa’s future leaders. He added that, the concept is a priority agenda for the CEOrt. Founded in 2000, the CEOrt is a policy dialogue forum whose main objective is to create a platform through which captains f industry could constructively engage the government with the vision of creating a more conducive environment for businesses to prosper. The forum brings together over 100 organizations doing businesses in Tanzania. The members of the CEOrt and the companies they lead account for more than 40 percent of the tax revenue collected by the government of Tanzania

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