Written by: Dr Pearl Kupe
Article source: JOY! Magazine
“And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.” – Daniel 2:21
We are in a season where we can see the definite hand of God moving. It’s a season of deposing and deploying and God is removing corrupt leaders with selfish ambitions and agendas and replacing them with righteous leaders with servant hearts. “Kgosi ke Kgosi ka batho” is a SeTswana proverb that means that a king is made king by the people and for the people, so that he can serve the people. We need leaders who will serve the nations.
Africa and corruption
Corruption is a pandemic that is in every continent, and yet it is Africa that is known for corrupt politicians. The African Union estimates that approximately $150 billion (R2.5 trillion) is lost annually in Africa due to corruption. Many roots of corruption in Africa can be traced to Western and Global institutions that came in under a false agenda of bringing aid to Africa, when they really came to loot its coffers. Addressing corruption alone will eliminate any poverty that exists in the wealthiest continent in the world. Only bold and righteous servant leaders will be able to address the dreaded scourge of corruption in the nations.
God is removing corrupt leaders and replacing them with servant leaders.
President John Magufuli of Tanzania
One such leader is President John Magufuli of Tanzania. Within his first few days in office, he was in the communities and on the ground conducting a firsthand evaluation of the challenges Tanzania faced. In his first week of assuming office, he identified wasteful public expenditure as a key challenge. One of his many drastic economic reforms was to ban foreign travel for public servants for a specified period. This action alone resulted in $430 million (R7.2 Billion) savings for the Tanzanian government between November 2015 – November 2016. President Magufuli scrapped independence day celebrations and replaced them with a massive clean-up campaign in which he participated. This not only resulted in massive savings, but also a cleaner nation.
Tanzania on the move
As a result of the nation’s consistent economic reforms, the World Bank has recently categorised Tanzania as a lower-middle income country and placed it on the map. President Magufuli’s aggressive reform policies have earned him the hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo. He is known for his belief in God and in prayer, and during COVID-19 times he has resorted to prayer and seeking God for strategic interventions for the nation. Tanzania discovered faulty test kits after goat, sheep, and pawpaw samples tested positive for COVID-19.
President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi
Recently, in an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court of Malawi affirmed the decision of its Constitutional Court to nullify the 2019 Presidential elections due to electoral irregularities. A recent re-election saw Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, a born again believer and Fivefold Minister, elected as the new president of Malawi, thereby ushering a new season for the nation. We pray that this is the opportunity Malawi needs to transition from one of the “poorest” nations in the world, to a nation that is blessed beyond measure. Malawi has a plethora of natural resources that can benefit all its citizens.
May this herald a new season for Africa and usher in a new generation of leaders! #KeNako
Date published: 05/08/2020
Feature image: President Lazarus Chakwera and President John Magufuli
Dr Pearl Kupe is an attorney and an international consultant to world leaders and international organisations. She is the international president of the Global Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her Facebook page, Kingdom Transformer Pearl Kupe
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