Congolese president urges African local authorities to work for peace - Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso on Wednesday urged local authorities to contribute to the promotion of peace in Africa.
“Our strong conviction is that local authorities can and must contribute to the promotion of peace in Africa by working for sustainable local development and against economic marginalization and social exclusion,” he said.
Speaking in Brazzaville at the opening ceremony of the meeting of African mayors, President Nguesso said that the time had come for local authorities to take part in the process to draft development strategies for Africa.
He said that local authorities were “the driving force for policies and programmes'.
'The time has come for the voice of Africa and its peoples to be heard anywhere the fate of our continent is decided,' the Congolese president said.
Among those present were the former Ghanaian president, Jerry Rawlings and former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo.