Rest in peace to former president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings. One African leader who truly embraced probity and accountability during his tenure. Jerry John Rawlings was definitely one of the very few African leaders who stood for humanity and a man of his words. He was a disciplinarian who believed in truth, a man who stood for freedom and justice. He ruled Ghana from military rule through to civilian rule. Today, my heart goes out to his family and to all Ghanaians for their loss. He’s greatest legacy to me was how he quietly exited power. He is definitely one of the few reasons Gnaha’s democracy has been bery stable. Truly, a great Eroko tree has fallen. Unlike President Rawlings of blessed memory who after his two terms as a civilian leader exited office in 2000 for his successor president john Agyekum Kufuor, many African leaders will rather hold on to power. Yes ofcourse leaders like Paul Biya of Cameroon, the likes of Dennis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of congo, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea who appointed his own son as his Vice President and many more African leaders who cling on to power and never want to go when their tenure ends. Recent alleged atrocities in just ended elections in Uganda is where Museveni has been in office for many years and refuses to quit all in the name of democracy is a typical example. What is really practiced in most African countries is autocratic democracy where our leaders who are to serve us have become our oppressors. The one who is supposed to be served only turn to be a slave to the one who is suppose to serve
The question is why is this so. What are they scared of.
most African leaders just come to ro power to amass wealth for themselves and their immediate families, and the love for money eats them up to the extent that, they find it very difficult to leave their presidential seats when their tenures are over. They want to stay in power, to keep amassing wealth in that regard. I mean for their families and for themselves.
Fear of prosecution. Most of these leaders are scared of prosecution. Because of their ill doings and very corrupt deals in office, they turn to have insecurity thoughts before they leave office. Though most of these countries exempt presidents from prosecutions, some can still face charges against them considering the depth of crime. They would love to stay in power to clear all their ill doings before they leave office.
Selfishness is in the DNA of most African leaders. Most African leaders want to be in power so they can hand over to their sons and daughters and other family members. History of dynasty is all over in Africa as if presidential seats and other positions are for their family members. Perhaps most of these leaders see this public positions as their family businesses where they can inherit. Gnassingbe dynasty of Togo is a typical example where the son of Eyadema, Faure Gnassingbe has been in power for so long now. His father ruled the people of Togo for so long