RB among Africa’s top 12 leaders

A MAGAZINE report has ranked President Rupiah Banda the 12th best performing president in 2010 among Africa’s 52 leaders.
And Works and Supply Minister Mike Mulongoti has said the ranking by the East African magazine was an indication that President Banda was working to the expectations of the Zambians and being recognised outside the country.
In its issue of December 27, 2010 to January 2, this year, The East African Magazine observed the strides made in Zambia’s mining sector which had been boosted by sound measures and policies implemented by President Banda’s administration.
At the time he took office, some mines were under care and maintenance and workers had been sent on indefinite leave as the country’s mainstay suffered the effects of the worldwide economic recession.
The magazine also noted the announcement made by President Banda in 2010 during World AIDS Day that 90 per cent of Zambians infected with HIV/AIDS were able to obtain treatment.
The magazine further stated that President Banda had been applauded by the international community and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for allowing Angolan refugees who wished to stay in Zambia to live in the country permanently.
On the moment of the year, Mr Banda was quoted for having declared that the Governments that cooperate with Zambia should not ‘blackmail’ his Government by withholding donor support as a way of forcing it to resolve challenges faced in various sectors of the economy.
Among some of the failures brought out by the publication were that despite being applauded by the international community, President Banda has faced staunch criticism at home saying he had been criticised for high unemployment rates, taking excessive trips and not doing enough to prevent catastrophes during the worst floods the country has faced in 40 years.
The first slot was taken up by Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam, followed by president of the Republic of Cape Verde Pedro Verona Rodriques Pire, in the third position is Botswana’s President Seretse Ian Khama while Ghanaian president John Evans Atta Mills got the fourth slot.
Others are Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (fifth), South Africa’s Jacob Zuma (sixth), James Michel of Seychelles (seventh), Amadou Toure of Mali (eighth), Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone (ninth), Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania (tenth) and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia (11).
At the tail end are Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe (47), Sheikh Ahmed of Somalia (48), Idriss Deby Itno of Chad (49), Teodoro Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea (50), Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan (51) and Isaias Afweriki of Eritrea taking the last slot.
Meanwhile, Mr Mulongoti has since advised opposition politicians to accept that President Banda was doing well.
“For us, it is a big honour, we are proud of the achievements and we do hope that the Zambian people can recognise these achievements because this is about them and not President Banda alone,” he said.
He said the ranking of President Banda as the number 12 best performing president in Africa was an honour for the Zambians.
“It is high time that that his competitors begin to acknowledge these achievements by the Government,” he said.

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