New member of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Chief Mandla Mandela says incumbent PAP President Roger Nkodo Dang and those who have already been president should withdraw from the race and give a chance to those from the North and South.
Dang is running again as the continental legislature readies for elections for the president and four vice presidents on Thursday.
In a statement Chief Mandela says the PAP must follow in the late former President Nelson Mandela’s footsteps and uphold the African Union values of rotation.
Mandela says to date the Presidency of PAP has not been held by the North and South and Current President Dang comes from the central region that has had the presidency twice. And to run again, it would mean three times, should he win. He says he believes that this is not in accordance with the principle of rotational leadership.
Mandela says there are too many examples in Africa of leaders hanging onto power and in some cases descending into dictatorship, and the Pan African Parliament cannot afford to embrace such values as it undermines democracy and defies good governance, best practice of rotational leadership.