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Sunday, January 29, 2017


A glance at African Methuselah leaders: The first three, Kagame, Museveni, and Mugabe

A glance at African Methuselah leaders: The first three, Kagame, Museveni, and Mugabe 

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines politics as 'the activities of the government, members of law-making organizations, or people who try to influence the way a country is governed,' but the definition is broader than that in terms of greed, power, corruption, and dictatorship.

Since December last year, developments going on in the Gambia between the new leader, Barrow, and power thirsty Jammeh, resulting in his final departure from the country, is a serious issue and warning to African leaders that selfishly and greedily want to hold on to power without thinking of the people.

As part of the BBC's Democracy Day, Maud Jullien considers the African leaders who have refused to give up power and those who have been forced out by popular protests.

The principle of government by the people for the people has been subsumed by the will of some African leaders to cling to power.

Well-established examples of this tendency are Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

A number of other leaders including Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila and Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza also seem keen on the idea of extending their stay in power.

At the same time, several countries, including Senegal and Burkina Faso, have seen popular uprisings in recent years, forcing long-time leaders to step down.

This has raised hopes that other presidents might be deterred from holding on to their positions beyond the time allowed by their constitutions.

Will the recent Yahya Jammeh's experience in Gambia, change the mind of African leaders that want to stay in power to the end of their lives? Read more about The African leaders who choose power before the people - BBC News

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