“A community can only be said to be democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic and social rights that the biggest and most powerful posses”
~A. Philip Randolph.
The above quotation captures my thoughts about Africa and her leadership confusion succinctly. One of the reasons for leadership failure in Africa is because our leadership style is built on our monarchical culture, and now we have began to embrace democracy, so we are confused as to how to get the best results. The problem is that we are now trying to build the democracy on top of our already established monarchical leadership style, hence the confusion.
Most African Leaders claim to have embraced democracy yet they rhetorically manipulated their people year in, year out. On one hand, they talk populist while on the other hands they exhibit full capitalist tendencies. They even hate to have opposition. What is democracy without viral opposition parties?
In Africa there well documented cases of widespread abuse of power and abuse human rights by errant political office holders. This abuses consistently scare many citizens away from getting involved in politics.
Africans must decide what they wants. Whether we want to maintain the monarchical style or we wants democracy. If we want democracy, then we must embrace the full tenets of democracy. An elected leader should not have absolute power. He must lead in line with the provision of the constitution.