Why the Diaspora’s Voice Must Be Heard – Nevers Mumba

REMARKS BY DR NEVERS MUMBA, PRESIDENT OF THE MOVEMENT FOR MULTIPARTY DEMOCRACY AT THE AFRICAN UNION 6TH REGION DIASPORA SUMMIT 2013.

TORONTO, CANADA, 3rd MAY 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am greatly honoured to have been given the opportunity to deliver a key note speech here in Canada for this first sixth regional summit after the declaration of last year. I feel warmth in my heart that it is being held here in Canada, where I served as my country’s High Commissioner only a short while ago. I am truly humbled.

Today I want to provoke thought and action towards the implementation of this most noble endeavour. As we celebrate 50 years of Pan Africanism and as we attempt to realize the dream of African Renaissance, both for the continent and its diaspora, I want to pose a serious challenge to this summit today. I want to provoke rather than appease, precisely because of the critical time we have reached in our history as a people throughout the world.