African leaders are well known for their holding on to power tendencies. Since it’s a Thursday let us throw it back a little and see the African leaders who had their power streak stripped off them since 2010.This topic then poses the question why does Mama Africa have some of the longest serving leaders?
Zimbabwe made the headlines all over the world as 93 year old Robert Mugabe resigned in November 2017 after 37 years of rulership. What some say was not “a coup” saw the army taking over the country’s national broadcaster and even the road blocks and the man was gone. A man who could have left a celebrated leader because indeed he actually did somethings for the country, only left an aging man despised by his nation.
I would swear Egyptians either have trust issues or they just really enjoy this overthrowing leaders business.In 2011 Hosni Mubarak resigned after wide spread protests ending his 30 year reign ,with power being handed over to the army.
Again in 2013 On July 3 the Egyptian military removed Egypt’s first democratically-elected leader, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, after large demonstrations against his one-year rule.
After a gun battle ,mutinous troops led by an army colonel captured Niger’s President in February 2010 after he had changed the constitution to extend his rule to two terms. The army then suspended the Constitution and dissolved all political institutions.
In 2014 former Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore, fled the country to neighbouring Ivory Coast after what some would call a popular revolt against his attempts to change the constitution and extend his 27-year-rule.
The most popular of all the ousting business from that of Mugabe should be that of Gaddafi.
Tagged a “dictator” Muammer Gaddafi was captured and killed October 20 2011 after NATO-backed rebels rose up against his regime which had been in power for almost 42 years.
Some do belive that the Libya’s war was based on lies, bogus intelligence and that NATO supported and armed the rebels and that main stream media did not really shade light on the other side of the coin.
After taking over after a bloodless military coup in 1987 former Tunisia president Zine al-Abidine Ben had to step down after 23 years of rule in 2011 amid an unprecedented wave of street protests.Though he was credited with delivering stability and a measure of economic prosperity, he received widespread criticism for suppressing political freedoms.
In 2017 apart from Mugabe , Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994, handed power to Adama Barrow, winner of December 2016 elections. However he acted under the threat of military intervention by troops from neighbouring nations.
So I bet Africans might be a peaceful people but when they are done they are just done with you and will do away with you.Hopefully we will now have leaders not staying too long in power till they are falling asleep in their thrones. No love lost.