African leaders advised to emulate late Mandela

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—World leaders have been called upon to emulate the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Executive Director of the Zambia Youth Association in the Fight Against Corruption, Rickson Kanema, made the appeal when he tendered condolences to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa on the death of the former leader.

Mr Kanema said the iconic leader possessed rare qualities, values and virtues which Heads of States and governments world over need to embrace in their way of life and governance of their countries.

He condemned African leaders who are in the habit of oppressing their people and clinging on to power even when it is evident that they should leave office for failing to deliver or being rejected by the electorate.

The late Mandela is regarded as an icon and true hero of the anti apartheid struggle who will be remembered for his courage, forgiveness and championing reconciliation in South Africa and world over.

President Mandela died on Thursday,   December 5, aged 95, and will be buried on December 15, in his ancestral home.