Leave a positive legacy, Kalonzo urges African leaders

July 5, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, July 5- Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has challenged African leaders to work for the best interest of their people and leave behind a positive legacy worth remembering after they are out of office.

Addressing a charity dinner at the Nairobi International School of theology (NIST) on Saturday, Musyoka said that there is need to cultivate transformational and servant leadership characterized by commitment and selfless stewardship that would guarantee better lives for present and future generation.

“There is need to transform our society for the better so that the resultant civilization would thereafter transform the future generation for the best of humankind,” he noted.

Under the Theme ‘Building a legacy of transformational leadership’, the objective of the annual congregation was to foster community partnership in leadership development.

It aimed at recruiting 3000 prayer and financial partners to raise about Sh25 million to fund the institution’s training programme and develop endowment fund to educate and train visionary leaders to oversee holistic transformation in Africa and the world.

The Vice President commended the NIST initiative, saying it would help many people with leadership qualities develop their abilities and help improve on the society.

Musyoka said that transformative leadership would seek to harness the available diverse resources, energies and manpower to help the continent overcome the many challenges facing it.

He noted that Africa was currently under the threat of increased poverty levels, diseases, famine, unemployment and negative ethnicity that may catalyze civil strives.

“Leaders should stop this culture of living in the past era characterized by predatory leadership that encourages total disruption of social economic fabric of our societies” he cautioned.

The Vice President encouraged those entrusted with authority to work in consultation with their followers in order to understand their needs and expectations.

“Leaders need to consult with their followers instead of reducing them into mere subjects for their own selfish interests” he added.

Musyoka noted that Africa was greatly endowed with variety of resources that needs self confidence and interests in order to encourage local and foreign direct investment to fully harness the potentials available and enable the continent to claim its rightful place in the 21st century.

The NIST Board Chairman James Wanaina, said the institution intends to establish an Endowment Scholarship Scheme to enable those who cannot afford academic programmes at the college pursue their ambitions.

He pledged that NIST would strive to adhere to quality academic standards and meet the expectation of its students and recommendations of education Authorities.

The official announced that already over 50 acres of land has been acquired in Kitengela pending expansion of the college in readiness for the attainment of a university status.


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