Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Take Bribes But Vote With Your Conscience?

After my trip to Kenya I try to keep up with what's going on in Africa. I've especially been following the volatile Sudan situation.

Whie looking for information on Sudan in today's Kenyan Daily Nation this article caught my eye: "Take bribes but vote wisely, says Zambia leader."  

"Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda has told his party members to take bribes but “vote with your conscience”. " “For those (candidates) offering you bribes in form of money to vote for them, take the money, use it but vote (with) your conscience,” said President Banda, who had earlier told the same gathering that he would pursue and stop people using “underhand and corrupt methods” such as vote buying from ascending to party positions because that defeats democracy."

I'm now speechless. Perhaps there's a context here that I'm not getting. Or, maybe he was quoted out of context. Yet this seems to represent politics in Africa (or much of it).