As Africa Day is celebrated around the continent, members of the civil society in Kenya have faulted African governments for reneging on the promises of Africa’s founding fathers by overstaying in power, corruption and recurrent conflicts on the continent.

Fifty-eight years since the first Africa Liberation Day, now known as Africa Day, the continent is free, but with freedom come challenges including poverty, disease, hunger and conflicts.

Oxfam’s Pan-Africa Director, Jana Ncube, says while Africa has seen robust economic growth, Africans must stay vigilant to ensure the gains of independence are not lost.

“The failure to incorporate democratic principles and norms and the failure to incorporate high standards around human rights are part of the reasons we are not seeing peace and development in our continent,” says Ncube.

The Africa Rising theme was carried out in the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) currently being held in Nairobi where African Union (AU) representatives told of efforts by the continental body to take the lead in efforts to save Africa’s wildlife.

Delegates were told how the continent is uniting in the fight against poaching in a bid to save Africa’s wildlife. Speakers at the Nairobi UNEA conference challenged the continent to work harder to fight these vices as well as to shed donor dependency.

“They are also working together on ensuring that we stop the high demand, which has been created around the ivory and rhino horns, and the leadership on the continent has said we must work together,” says AU Commissioner for Agriculture Peace Tumusiime.

Estimates from the United Nations (UN) indicate that between 2010 and 2012, 1000 000 elephants were killed for ivory in Africa. African leaders say they hope the political leaders will act to stop the destructive trade.

“Can you imagine a child in the future asking what an elephant looks like because we have exterminated all the elephants on the continent? We must stop it,” says Tumusiime.

Source: Nam News Network