Tanzanian papers pray for DR Congo peace

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania, (PANA) -- Peace in Africa's troubled spots have stolen the limelight as the main issue in the Tanzania media this week which has seen Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila concluding a three-day state visit in the East African nation.
Most English and Kiswahili language dailies throw their weight in backing Kabila's initiatives to bring peace to his war- ravaged country.
They urge the international community to support any moves that are aimed at ending violence and conflicts, not only in the DR Congo, but also elsewhere in Africa where millions of people are dying because of senseless civil wars.
"International support is essential because African countries have neither the economic nor the technological resources needed to build up capacity to mount peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance required for conflict management," writes the state-run Daily News in its Thursday commentary.
"Africans must awaken to the fact that without peace they will never achieve any of their economic, political and social ambitions," it adds.
The Africa, an English language daily tabloid, says in its Tuesday commentary that the gift the international community could give to DR Congo was to let its people elect leaders of their choice.
"The greatest gift we offer to the Congolese people is to give them an opportunity to choose their leaders democratically.
This would be the foundation of peace," it says.
The paper says in troubled Africa, where there are ethnic wars, peace was a prerequisite for socio-economic transformation if the continent was to catch up with the rest of the world.
Another topical issue that has received wide coverage in the Tanzanian media this week is the political situation in neighbouring Zambia where President Frederick Chiluba has given up his ambition to prolong his stay in power for a third term by amending his country's constitution.
Chiluba's ambition, writes Mtanzania in its Monday's commentary, was a dangerous precedent to the nascent democracies in Africa.
"We know Chiluba - and some of his sycophants - has abandoned his dream because of internal as well as external pressure from people who value democratic principles.
"This should be a lesson to the rest of African leaders who harbour such ambitions of clinging to power for life," it says.
The paper commends a section of Zambians who stood firm in opposing Chiluba's third-term bid, saying God has heard their voices.

11 may 2001 16:10:00




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