Citizens empowered to demand accountability from leaders
Many citizens are not aware of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. Through the interventions and activities carried out by the Africa We Want alliance, citizens are learning about ACDEG and getting sensitized on their rights to demand accountability.
We did not know that we the ordinary citizens have a stake in development. [...] We are now going to put pressure on our leaders to do what we expect them to do.
After attending a community meeting on AGDEG, Azara Fuseini, a 43 years old woman from Nayoko community in the Binduri district in Ghana testifies that the knowledge she has gained from the education has empowered her to demand for accountability from community leaders especially on the needs of women in her community. She shared her thoughts:
“We have been empowered with knowledge and we now know our rights. We are now able to hold our leaders accountable and hold them to task and through that some of the leaders are now performing their roles properly. I, together with a group of other community women, confronted the assemblyman and asked him why nothing is being done about our water situation and he promised to pay attention to our request. We are planning another visit to the DCE on the same issue. My hope is that by the end of June 2020 something will be done as promised, and we will follow up if nothing is done. We are no longer afraid to confront our leaders and ask them what they are using our taxes for.
Before we got the education, most of us in this community were adamant about the development of our community. We were not concerned about what our leaders were doing with our taxes. This was because we thought that the leaders hold all the powers to make decisions without anybody asking questions. We did not know that we the ordinary citizens have a stake in development.
We thank ActionAid for giving us this empowerment and I believe with this knowledge we are now going to put pressure on our leaders to do what we expect them to do”