Category Archives: Democracy

Kagame refuses his political opponents to fly back home

ishemapartyLeaders of the Rwandan political party Ishema were on Wednesday 23/11 on their way back home, but instead found themselves blocked in transit at Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya.  Rwandan authorities demanded Kenya Airways not to allow them onboard on the flight they were meant to take from Nairobi to Kigali.
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Looking for Transwonderland

A new travel book by Noo Saro-Wiwa

“Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to Nigeria – a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts and sense of individuality. After her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was killed there, she didn’t return for several years. Recently, she decided to come to terms with the country her father loved and take a journey around Nigeria… Continue reading

Call to shame Abdoulaye Wade, Senegalese president

Something must be seriously wrong with some African leaders, particularly when they are approaching the end of their second term in power. Abdoulaye Wade, president of Senegal, 85, made me raise such issue.

Professor Horace Campbell explains Wade political hypocrisy in an article published on Pambazuka News site.

“At the 2007 conference of the African Union, Wade said, ‘If we fail to unite, we will become weak, and if we live isolated in countries that are divided, we face the risk of collapsing in the face of stronger and united economies.’ If you meant these words, step down now.” 

In recent years, the Senegalese president’s behavior has weakened his country’s stand among Africans as a model of democracy. By changing the democratic principles on which Senegal was so far built, Wade is isolating and making it look like a rogue state.

President Wade, by seeking a third term, though he had been an ardent advocate of peaceful political change, has put shame on the role that his country played in the eyes of many Africans.

Victoire Ingabire spends another Christmas in Paul Kagame’s prison

This sounds like a predicament and of course it is. Ingabire, leader of FDU-Inkingi, a Rwandan opposition party, was imprisoned on October 14th, 2010. It was only two months after Kagame, the Rwandan president, had re-elected himself with more than 93% for another seven years. Let’s not forget that since July 1994 he had already spent another sixteen ruling over every living and  dead creature in the country. In a context where change is not part of factors for improvement, he could be in place until 2017, and then even impose himself for another seven years term if he is not stopped. Continue reading

The Accountability of Leadership in relation to Term of Presidency

The purpose of political leadership or otherwise is to guide, provide solutions to problems, represent others, work with others and find broader common grounds that will improve people lives in general.

In the case of failure of a leader in performing any of these roles, there should be institutional frameworks to stop the person from going astray. Such platforms should be independent from the leader’s influence. In July 2009 Barack Obama outlined in Accra that Africa needed strong institutions and not strong personalities.

People get what they deserve. If we Africans want democracy we can have it. We have to ask ourselves how much we want it, the sacrifices we are willing to make to have it. It is usually said that there is no democracy without development, or no development without democracy, but in my opinion you can have both.

August 9th, 2010 is officially the date for the Rwandan presidential elections. Paul Kagame, the incumbent president, has been in power for 16 years. He has been ruling the RPF since 1990 and his rebel movement has been leading the country from July 1994.

Change is natural. Even the air we breathe changes. The dynamics of natural rules are such that by not conforming to them, there are enormous damages and harm that are caused or inflicted to immediate surroundings or society, and in a nation context, to citizens. And for leaders, no citizen would want to be in a situation where they get hurt by a political leadership which doesn’t follow the rules of nature.

A multiparty political system is the solution to this situation. There is no development without competition – between or within parties, regions, countries, or sectors of an economy or society. Such competition can be beneficial to everyone only if the rules are fair for every body. In order to develop and apply a competitive and fair political platform, we as citizens have an important role to play.

Let’s make sure our political leaders have only one 5 year presidential term. If their political party programme is still valid after that period let’s get that party to give us another candidate for the following 5 years. Internal competition within the party would be beneficial to overall dynamics and outcomes of change for the country.

Let’s not give to our political leaders the tools to cultivate rebel movements. Elevating these rebels into platforms of leadership does nothing but destroy the rights of citizens who are left to become victims of the vendettas of these frustrated personalities.

Let’s get up as one and get what we want and deserve. Leaders who care about us. Leaders who are accountable to us. Leaders we can replace when we see they are failing us.