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George B.N. Ayittey – ‘Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World’

Review by Didas Gasana

‘Dictators are impervious to reason. The only voice a dictator listens to is his own voice. Political repression is an effective weapon in the hands of African despots. Opposition parties are either outlawed or accorded very little political leeway. Key opposition leaders are arrested, intimidated, hounded and even killed. Cowed into submission, some intellectuals in the opposition tend to switch camps. In other words, they become political prostitutes. Though highly educated with PhDs, a multitude of them have sold off their consciences, integrity and principles as they kowtow to the diktats of barbarous dictators. As prostitutes, they have partaken of the plunder, misrule and repression of their people’, writes George Ayittey in his latest masterpiece ‘Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World (2011). Continue reading