To demonstrate its commitment to democracy in Africa, the international community must delegitimize father-to-son transfer of power on the continent.
Omar Bongo died in power in 2009 after 42 years of corrupt rule. His son, Ali, took over. Now impaired, Ali has appointed his son to rule Gabon de facto.
Against the backdrop of Russian interference in 2016 election, a whistleblower’s complaint over Trump call to Ukraine leader brings State capture to mind.
As compared to decried white minority rule Mugabe was an economic disaster. He died more a foe to Zimbabwean people, an oppressor, than a hero or liberator.
The latest in line in Zimbabwe’s pursuit of State repression of protest is Zimbabwe Police claims planned protests are a conspiracy to topple Mnangagwa.
Beyond surface level dictatorship and repression, clientelism is a major reason why African States are unstable. Term limits are an urgency in this context.
Tulsi Gabbard’s run for Presidency is inscribed in America’s search for a female president underpinned by openness to gender equality.
Renewed aspirations for democracy in Africa could more effectively be promoted by a joint leadership of free African States than by external conditionality. Africa’s salvation must come from within Africa.
The coup attempt in Gabon was the result of authoritarian-overstretch as frustrations increase against the Bongo dynasty and the coup failed due to lack of widespread support.
When all is said and done, a concerted effort by the African Union can have some real impact. Cooperation towards international isolation, the freezing of assets, travel bans and embargos may be the only way forward.