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Gaddafi and traditional leaders blame African political leaders for continent’s woes

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Tripoli (Alshahid) -At a meeting of African chiefs, sultans and traditional leaders called by Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli the leaders said African traditions were being substituted with western cultures and this could drive the continent into more confusion and suffering, KBC Radio reports.

Traditional leaders are accusing Africa’s political leaders of neglecting Africa’s traditional values.

Gaddafi at the same time called on Africa to find solutions to crippling poverty and disease afflicting the continent.

Gaddafi said Africa’s wealth was sufficient to help the continent pull itself from the current state of neglect if only the political leaders would endeavor to work towards achieving the goal.

The Libyan leader whose pet subject has always been the dream for a United States of Africa, has now turned to traditional leaders for support.

Whether this front will achieve any results remains to be seen.

Gaddafi who addressed about 150 traditional leaders from across the African continent said politics had destroyed Africa.

He accused Africa’s colonizers of plundering the wealth of the continent which he notes remains a net exporter of raw materials to the Western world.

The traditional leaders among them Prince Xhanti Sigcawu of the Xhosa Kingdom of South Africa, his brother Prince Ahlangene, Zulu princes Thulani and Mbonisi, Kwame Nkurumah’s only daughter Samia, Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako and Chief Liswani III and President of the Traditional Leaders’ Council of Zimbabwe, Fortune Charumbira, pledged support for the Libyan leader’s idea of a United States of Africa.

Gaddafi has been at the forefront of a campaign to see the continent remove state borders and form a unified state.

This crusade has not materialised with political leaders across Africa, including the African Union, being cautious about the idea, compelling Gaddafi to turn to traditional leaders, hosting them in Libya to drum support for his dream of a United States of Africa.

The traditional leaders were in the Libyan to attend the Second Conference of the Forum of the Kings, Sultans, Princes, Sheikhs and Mayors of Africa in Tripoli, at the invitation of Gaddafi.

Born on June 7, 1942, Gaddafi has led the North African country since a coup in 1969. In 1972, Gaddafi relinquished the title of Prime Minister. He is the longest-serving ruler of Libya since Ali Pasha.

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Wilfred Mulliro is Kenyan columnist. MA in International Studies from University of Nairobi, B.Ed. in English Literature from Kenyata University. His articles which focus on Social issues and Politics appear in Kenya's leading Newspapers.

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