Malawian President Joyce Banda has said democracy was the best thing to have ever happened to African politics, particularly because it ensures people’s freedom, including that of choice.
She told journalists at Kamuzu International Airport on Wednesday, on her way to Lagos, Nigeria, that the unfortunate thing was that others misconstrue democracy and freedom as “doing as you wish” without any responsibility.
“Freedom must always be accompanied by responsibility,” emphasized the President, who informed the media she has been invited to Nigeria to present a lecture on Thursday at the 14th Session of the Emmanuel OnyechereAnyiam-Osigwe Lecture series.
The theme of the President’s lecture is ‘Genuine Democracy: The Price and the Prize, Leadership and the Challenge of Delivering Appropriate Dividends of Democracy to the Citizens’.
Under the theme, President Banda said she will also touch on the ills of dictatorship and what can be done to consolidate the gains so far made since the democratic winds swept across many parts of Africa.
Previous Speakers at the Emmanuel OnyechereAnyiam-Osigwe Lecture series include F.W. DeKlerk, Shimon Perez, Vaclav Klaus, Helmut Kohl, Al Gore, Mahathir bin Mohamad, Fernando Cardoso, The Dalai Lama, John Major, Cherie Blair, Tipper Gore Aleksander Kwasniewski, Chandrika Kumaratunga.
According to Steven Nhlane, Presidential Press Secretary, the trip is fully funded by the organizers, APB SpeakersInternational, who are footing bills for travel, accommodation and food for the whole Presidential entourage.
She returns home at noon on Friday, November 29, 2013.