To really be frank most countries in Africa have leaders who want to remain in power forever. Looking like for the case of Burundi, the current president forced his tenure on the people even when they desperately wanted a change.
In the just concluded elections of Uganda, we saw a lot of political manipulations to the strongest opposition leader for this. An outgoing government it was but had the mandate to use state machinery to unfairly treat the opposition leader. His democratic rights were violated but no one could speak up to condemn this because there was a powerful, upper arm that no one has a right to fault.
Then Kenyans on social media had issues with their president after he issued a congratulatory message to the president of Uganda supposedly on behalf of Kenyans who openly criticized Museveni’s dictatorial way of earning himself victory. Now this is the problem with these leaders, they want to stay in power as long as they feel it’s enough for them and want to even go ahead and choose who their predecessor will be.
Why can’t African leaders leave the people to democratically and constitutionally vote the people that they rightfully want in their leadership? I wish there was a way that for any African country going for elections, the outgoing governments can be made to temporarily vacate office and leave independent bodies to man the welfare of the country. It’s so sad that outgoing leaders have the mandate to still plan and make vital decisions on how to run things even during the voting period hence they are set to influence the results.
But then am here wondering that if no African leader can tell the other that he is wrong at some point, then how can we trust them with an African court to deal with crimes against humanity? So answer is simple they cannot tame one another and so their countries would rather burn due to political selfishness, so let Africa remain being a member of the ICC.
Kenya is expected to be holding the next general elections in 2017 and so let’s see where the country has reached as far as democracy is concerned.