I remember the term ’Scramble for Africa’ ,which reminds us of the colonization by the whites. But in the century of own leadership, I think citizens in most African countries are still experiencing the scramble. Am a Kenyan and the truth is as a country we still have not yet reached to the point where we feel and hear our say as Kenyans.
This is not different for most other African countries since most of the leaders are greedy for power and once elected in office, they want to forever remain in power and on exiting they want to leave a leader of their choice, definitely not the people’s choice. So for their own political and personal reasons, most African leaders are out to manipulate everything to work out in their favor like they have a lot to hide.
I know of a few countries that have somehow turned things around by having like-minded people push for constitutional changes though this has also not helped much. The same leaders act like they are above the law and most times will not even honor a court order.
I sometimes tend to think of citizens in countries with such leaders as hostages because they are not getting what they deserve in terms of leadership yet they are just watching as things go wrong. Some leaders have their own way of shutting down any opposition even when they are well aware that their actions are constitutionally illegal.
It’s true that in most African countries, we boast of freedom but when it comes to what our leaders think, they have a right to curtail this freedom. Even the media is not left in a free mode with most leaders not taking negative criticism lightly. For example here in Kenya most journalists have lost their jobs just for telling the government that its wrong somewhere. Is this not being held hostage?