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The good news is that.
Is getting attention across the -- we see it in free and fair elections from Ghana -- -- We hear it in the voices of civil society I was in Senegal and met with some civil society groups and including.
A group called -- -- which meant fed up.
That helped to defend the will of the people after elections.
We recognize it in places like Tanzania.
-- text messages.
Connect citizens to the representatives.
And we strengthen it went organization stand up we're democratic principles like Michael -- did.
You go to war.
But this work is not complete.
We all know that.
Not in those countries -- leaders enriched themselves with impunity.
Not in communities where -- you can't start a business or go to school.
Or get a house.
Without paying a bribe somebody.
These things have to change.
And they have to change get not just.
It's such corruption.
It's also a matter of of self interest and economics.
Governments that respect the rights of their citizens and abide by the rule of law.
Grow faster that would draw more investment than those who don't.
That's just the just look at your -- Zimbabwe.
Where the promise of liberation gave.
Way to the corruption of power up and then the collapse of the economy.
Now after the leaders of this region.
Led by South Africa brokered -- add to what has been a long running crisis.
Zimbabwe -- have a new constitution.
The economy is beginning to recover.
So there is an opportunity.
To move falls.
But only if there is an election that is free and fair and peaceful so that Zimbabwe ends.
Can determine their future without fear of intimidation and retribution.
And after elections there must be respect for the universal life upon which democracy back.
These are things that America stands -- Not perfectly.
But that's what we stand for.
That's what my administration's stance -- We don't tell people who their leaders should -- but we do stand up.
-- those who support the principles that lead to a better life.
And that's why we're interested in investing not -- strong man but in strong institutions.
Independent judiciary -- -- can enforce the rule of law honest police forces that can protect the people -- instead of the and open -- government.
We can bring transparency -- accountable.
I guess that's why we stand up for civil society for journalists and NGOs and community organizers and activists.
Who give people a voice.
That's why we support societies that empower women.
Because no country will reach its potential.
I'm not good -- on the talents of our lives and a mother.
Fifth third don't.
Just editorialize here for a second because.
You know my father's home country of Kenya.
Like much of Africa you see women doing work.
And not get respect.
And I I tell you you can measure how well country does by how it treats its -- And all across this continent and all around the world we got more work to do on that front.
-- -- got some systems and amen.
Night now I know that there are some in Africa.
-- Hear me say these things -- see America support for these values and say that's intrusive.
Why do you meddling.
I know there -- those who argued that ideas like democracy and transparency.
Are -- out western exports.
Those in power who make those arguments are usually trying to distract people.
From -- -- abuses.
Sometimes they're the same people.
Mover behind closed doors are willing to sell -- their own country's resources to foreign interest.
Just so long -- they got to cut.
Based on the true.
Ultimately I believe that Africans should make up their own minds.
About what serves African interest.
We trust her judgment.
The judgment of ordinary people.
We believe that when you control your destiny.
If you've got a handle on your governments -- governments will promote freedom and opportunity because that'll serve you.
And it shouldn't just be America -- stands up for democracy.
It should be Africans as well.
So here in South Africa at your democratic story has inspired the world.
And through the power of your -- And through your position and organizations like -- in the African Union.
You can be a voice.
For the human progress that -- written -- to your own constitution.
You should assume the best.
Unique to South Africa.
People have aspirations like that.
And this brings me to the final area where our partnership can empower people.
The pursuit and protection of peace in Africa.
So long as parts of Africa continue to be ravaged by war and mayhem.
Opportunity and democracy cannot take -- Across the -- There are places where too often fear prevails.
For -- to Mogadishu.
All too often perverts the meaning of -- -- one of the world's great religions.
And takes the lives of countless innocent Africans.
From Congo to Sudan.
Complex faster robbing men women and children of lives that they deserve.
In too many countries the actions of thugs and warlords and drug cartels and human traffickers hold back the promise of Africa.
Enslaving others for their own purposes.
America cannot put a stop to these tragedies law.
And you don't expect us to.
That's a job for efforts.
What we can help.
And we will melt.
I -- there is a lot of talk of America's military presence in Africa.
But if you look at what we're actually doing.
Time and again.
Were putting muscle behind African efforts.
That's what we're doing in the sell out where the nations of West Africa have stepped forward to keep the peace.
As Molly now begins to rebuild.
That's what we're doing in Central Africa where a coalition of countries.
Is closing the space where the Lord's Resistance Army can operate.
That's what we're doing Somalia where an African Union force and the song.
Is helping a new government to -- get on its own two feet.
-- efforts have to lead to lasting peace not just words on the -- -- promises that fade away.
And within Sudan and south Sudan some of these governments get all of the work of investing in their deeply impoverished peoples.
Peace in the Congo.
Would nations keeping their commitments sole rights are at last claim by the people of this war torn country.
And women and children no longer live in fear.
He's a -- what.
Where people make their voices heard new elections this summer.
In each of these cases.
Africa must lead.
And America will make no apology for supporting African efforts.
And conflict and stand up for human big night.
Now this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the joy you -- the afternoon.
An occasion that is more historic because -- US taking on these challenges.
And I want America to take our engagement.
Not just on security issues but.
On environmental issues and economic issues and social issues educational issues I want to take that engagement to a whole new look.
So I'm proud to announce that next year I'm gonna invite.
Heads of state from across sub saharan Africa to a summit in the United States to help launch a new chapter in US African relations.
-- I mentioned yesterday I'm also got all the summit would the next class of our young African leaders initiative because.
We want to engage leaders and that tomorrow's leaders.
In figuring out how we can best work together.
-- -- close by saying this.
Governments matter that.
Political leadership matters.
And I do hope -- some of you here today.
Decide to follow the path of public service.
It can sometimes be thankless but I believe it -- can also -- A noble noble life.
But we also have to recognize that the choices we make.
Are not limited to the policies and programs of government.
Peace and prosperity.
And around the world.
Also depends on the attitudes of people.
The source of threat the source of conflict.
Involves the choice is ordinary people make.
The divide us from one another.
Black from white.
Christian for Muslim.
-- -- -- Africa contains a multitude of identities.
But the nations and people of Africa will not fulfill their promise so long as some use.
These identities to justify subjugation.
An excuse to steal or killed or disenfranchise others.
And ultimately that's the most important lesson.
That the world learned right here in South Africa.
Mandela once wrote.
No one is born hitting another person because of the color of his skin.
Or his background.
Or his religion.
People must learn to -- And if they can learn to hate.
They can be taught to love.
For love comes more naturally to the human heart -- -- office.
I believe that to be true.
I believe that's always been true.
From the dawn of the first man to the -- that.
And all that came in between.
Here in -- -- common -- Crucible of slavery in the emergence from colonial it's.
Senseless war but also iconic movements for social justice.
But also soaring problems.
-- -- buzz words give us a compass.
And a sea of change.
-- out amid swirling currents.
We always have the opportunity to choose our better history.
We can always understand that most important decision.
The decision we make when we find our common humanity in one another.
That's always available to us.
And I seen that spirit.
In the welcoming smiles of children on -- -- And the children -- on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast.
That spirit exists in the mother -- the -- who wants a life of dignity for her daughter's.
And in the south African student who braves danger in distance just to get to school.
They can be heard in the songs the rise from villages and city streets.
And it can be heard in the confident voices of young people like you.
It is that -- that innate long for justice and equality for freedom.
And solid error.
That's the spirit -- like the -- for.
-- -- -- As you guys Africa down that long and -- wrote.
I want you to know that you'll always find.
The extended hand of a friend in the United States of America.
Thank you very -- A.
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