What Zambia’s leader Kenneth Kaunda (28 April 1924 – 17 June 2021) meant by this quote was that the inner moral compass of those in power, their conscience, is a powerful force that can bring about change in Africa.
Kaunda believed that even if those leaders tried to ignore or suppress their conscience, it will continue to speak out and eventually lead them to act in ways that align with their moral values.
Therefore, the quote suggests that change is not only brought about by external forces or popular movements, but also by the internal struggle of those in power to do what they know is right. It emphasizes the importance of personal integrity and ethical leadership in creating positive change in society. And rightly so those are the exact qualities needed by African leaders.