Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth. A call for a focus on leadership and governance is timely, important and no doubt topical, reflecting the worldwide thrust toward political and economic liberalization. Throughout the whole world, there has been an urgent desire among various people and governments for unity, justice, peace and stability.
The resurgence of this desire is not only explicable through their political policies alone but is reflected in the social, economic policies. In fact, most constituted governments in Africa have been undergoing a serious and deepening political-economic crisis. These problems generated by political, social and economic instability and the prevalence of ethnic, communal and religious crises, which have bedevilled Africa, call our attention to the problems of leadership and governance in the continent. In other words, the staggering wave of violence, insecurity, increasing crime wave, economic recession, coupled with the break-in law and order are the attributes to the problem of leadership and governance in Africa.
A governance approach that highlights the issue of state responsiveness and accountability and the impact of these factors on political stability and economic development is what should be a yardstick to measure the effectiveness of any government.
It is also instructive to note that no nation has achieved meaningful development socially, politically or economically without the input of effective leadership. Thus in contemporary discourse, the concept of leadership and governance has attracted a wider spread interest as they serve as the pivot on which social, political and economic structures rest. I, therefore, urge everyone not to leave matters of leadership to only politicians since they determine how we shall live our day-to-day lives.
WRITTEN: MUYINDA REAGAN; YOUTH RIGHTS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE ACTIVIST.