About ANDAS Concept
Africa’s New Development & Advocacy Strategy concept (ANDAS Concept), is a new thought on how we can approach Africa’s universal questions that affects societies of our entire continent, questions that has remained unanswered for the past 500+ years.
The purpose of ANDAS shall be to promote, develop and affirm the rights and principles of Africans, and reverse the negative impacts of colonialism. The sole object is to facilitate and advance progressive advocacy, lobbying, promote Pan Africanism & constitutionalism based on African Laws and values.
ANDAS promotes and advocates for Citizens full inclusion in governance processes of the continent, as the foreign based constitutions has excluded the majority, who are affected by decisions made by the few through foreign defined democratic systems, which has taken away power from African Kings and chieftainship system, which had sustained Africanism until the emergence of foreigners, exacerbated by the illegal partitioning of Africa in 1884-85 Berlin Conference.
That the realisation of socio-economic rights is intertwined with civil liberties and political freedoms. Social and economic marginalisation deprives people of their fundamental right to live with security and dignity and is a betrayal of Constitutionalism in Africa and African traditional values.
Endemic poverty and inequality renders Africa a fragile society, where the poor and the vulnerable, especially women and children, are condemned to the fringes and easily exploited. There is an unacceptable and unsustainable gap between the vision of the Constitution and the lived reality for far too many African citizens. This gap must be closed.
Providing people with access to Afro – based decent education, adequate housing, and health care, and with the protection of a social security net, is essential for a cohesive society and the future prosperity of the nation.
Tom Paine 1776
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”
“We can borrow beneficial fruits of political civilization of mankind, but we must not copy Western political institutions and models, and must not accept any condescending preaches of foreign countries.”
the other version of us did a good job to take us to this point and it is our duty to make sure that we continue to exist in the future...
“it is our duty, our responsibility to make sure that we continue to exist, we must not fail ourselves by submitting to failure and let ourselves be dominated or conquered by any other race...”
Whilst acknowledging the interdependence and importance of all rights and values represented in African Countries, the following Guiding Principles are recorded as having motivated the establishment of ANDAS, viz:-
- That the idea of “progressive Pan Africanism, Afrocentric laws, value systems and, Afrocentric constitutionalism” should be seen as a pivotal to founding principles,
- That the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, provides a framework for the social and economic transformation of and Africa, and for a deliberative, participatory, and inclusive democracy. This framework together with its underlying values and founding principles needs to be reformed, protected and advanced.
- Constitutionalism in Africa must be subject to on-going critical appraisal, to assess efficacy as the needs of the African countries change. There may be a need to debate and lobby for constitutional and legislative reforms to enhance the legitimacy of the Afrocentric democratic political process. The Constitution must be a living, not a static document that evolves to deepen good governance of Africa and Pan Africanism.
- That the Principle of the Rule of Law in Africa is a critical building block in seeking to pursue the concept of constitutionalism; public and private power must be exercised within the African Context of law in order to retain legitimacy Africans, and to enhance a culture of responsibility and accountability to guard against the arbitrary use and abuse of power and authority by a chosen few in a system determined and defined by foreign entities with interest in African resources who care less about the citizens of Africa.
- That judicial independence is, in turn, an indispensable element, if not a prerequisite for the Rule of Law and the integrity of the continent court systems if it is to dispense justice that promotes substantive equality as well as procedural fairness.
- That in order for people to organise lawfully to claim rights, and to participate meaningfully in decision-making, civil liberties such as freedom of speech, access to information, and a free and tolerant political process are essential.
- That the realisation of socio-economic rights is intertwined with civil liberties and political freedoms. Social and economic marginalisation deprives people of their fundamental right to live with security and dignity and is a betrayal of the people and Constitutionalism in an African context. …>
- Endemic poverty and inequality renders the continent Africa a fragile society, where the poor and the vulnerable, especially women and children, are condemned to the fringes and easily exploited. There is an unacceptable and unsustainable gap between the vision of the Constitution and the lived reality for far too many African citizens. This gap must be closed. Providing people with access to meaningful decent education that doenst seek to classifiy and condemn but classify and encourage the people to be productive in their areas of thrength, adequate housing according to African settlement systems, and health care according to African Tradition, and with the protection of a social security net, is essential for a cohesive society and the future prosperity of the Continent Africa.
- That as traditional orthodoxies are being questioned in the global economy, as African countries are deliberately indebted by foreign powerful nations through institutions like IMF, World Bank, so too must the Constitution take into consideration the socio-economic in African context in which it exists and be responsive to the scale, urgency and interconnectedness of the challenges of globalization and sustainable development in Africa.
- That the values that contribute to building a society with effective systems of open governance – ethical behaviour, accountability, competence, hard work, a spirit of public service with consequences for poor performance or corrupt conduct, non-violent resolution of disputes, and non-partisanship also need to be respected.
- That a rights-based culture must also focus on the responsibilities and obligations that go with these rights, encouraging African citizens to be active in improving their own lives and communities, in holding government to account through participative processes and sustained social dialogue. The goal is a deliberative democracy that celebrates diversity, where respect for the views and beliefs of others is the norm, and thus builds solidarity between people from different social groups.