Saturday 12 September 2015

'Third termism in Africa'.. clinging on to power .. or a commitment to finish the job

Presidents 'clinging on to power' is a view commonly held by many when they consider African Presidents
'Third termism in 'Africa'. is a phrase which is being used to describe what is often cited as the current attempts by African presidents approaching the end of thier final term, to amend the constitution to enable them to run again..

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame

I can only imagine the frustration faced by opposition parties if told...'actually, you stand no chance of election at least for another 5 years'.

So... if two terms are not long enough.. (and in reality maybe it isn't)... just how long is long enough?
How long does it take to implement the polices needed to develop a country and its people?
What if a president is doing very well.. the country is relatively stable, and change could undermine.. or halt much of that good work?
What if he (or she) just needs... one more day!.... and life for the majority will be undeniably and demonstrably improved?
What if the majority of the people want him.. or her... to remain?

Some may argue in some cases, that there is 'no one better equipped' to do the job

My current opinion is that for developing countries across Africa.. it is possible that two terms is not enough time.
It took me almost 2 weeks to make an important phone call!

Poor example I know... and I'm surely not a president
However, It's said that a week is a long time in politics in that case....maybe with the right focus intention and policies.. 10yrs should suffice.. no?

Debates over third-termism within the African Union

President of Burundi - Pierre Nkurunziza

Good morning x

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