Why do some African leaders cling to power?

By Al Jazeera

A yes vote will allow 72 year-old President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Republic of the Congo to run for a third term, he’s already been in power for more than 30 years.

Tension remains high after four people were killed in protests against the vote and opposition activists fear it will be rigged in his favour.

Police placed a main opposition leader under house arrest on Friday. Earlier in the week, internet services were switched off before a main opposition march.

Leaders from West Africa met in May to reject a proposal allowing African leaders to continue to rule for decades on end.

What’s driving many African heads of state to avoid retirement? And what are the implications for their people?

Presenter: Hazem Sika


Thierry Moungalla– Congolese minister of information.

Matlotleng Matlou– executive director of Excelsior Afrika Consulting.

Lucas Olo– regional director for Central Africa at Transparency International.

Source:: Al Jazeera


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  1. Very interesting article. I have been thinking about something similar. what causes the African leaders to cling to power and ignore their own intellectuals who, in the end, are leaving Africa to go abroad, is also causing the African Diaspora to fight among each other, and wanting to raise themselves above each other in a way that most of the African diaspora initiatives are not in sync. The Africans tend to always put themselves first, and in the process, they discourage and put down anyone who may dare to do something similar. To read the rest of my thought, please visit the article I wrote about “The Strategic War that is Killing Africa and its Diaspora” at http://diasporasnews.com/the-strategic-war-that-is-killing-africa-and-its-diaspora/. You may also be interested in the diaspora platform The Strategic War that is Killing Africa and its Diaspora

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