Oct 26, 2009, 2:05 PM
A wind of change, as they say, has been blowing across
It is no longer fashionable to hold onto power forever on the continent. When Hosni Mubarak of
Some of these recent developments underscore the new realization that nobody has a monopoly of power; it is a public trust that one is entrusted with for a specified period of time, before somebody else takes it up.
This new trend has been going on for sometime now. Rupiah Banda of Zambia respected the wishes of the Zambian people when they decided that they preferred current President Michael Sata.
Rawlings of Ghana and Ould Vall of
In a short time from now, the people of
Wade’s critics have branded his decision, at 85, to stand for a third term as a flagrant breach of constitutional rules limiting him to two mandates.
Bit by bit, African leaders are beginning to see the folly of hanging on to power forever. Before long,
And it is hoped that this new understanding of power will translate into an open society, where transparency, accountability and good governance will be the mores of public life.
This continent deserves a better deal, but such can only be if our leaders lead justly within the framework of an open society.
And, from all indications, we are already heading in that direction!
“In a democracy, the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.”