Is it an era for the rise of Democracy in Africa?

The New World Order that is in the making must focus on the creation of a world of democracy, peace and prosperity for all.

The democracy syndrome has for long been a topic of discussion in many African countries. It is said that for a country to be developed and civilized, then democracy MUST be evenly applied to the people regardless of their economic, social or political status.

Most African countries have experienced long political reigns from their founding presidents and other political leaders some of whom did not promote the spirit of democracy. Many of these countries faced and are still facing development challenges because of their past leaders and leaderships. Apart from a few like Rwanda and Tanzania which are strides ahead in democracy and unity, many African countries still face the wrath of political and tribal ethnicity.

Renowned personalities in different African countries, who have since their independence, strove to promote democracy and the exercising of the rule of law have since faced different forms of antagonisms from their individual country’s government. From Zimbabwe to Kenya, to Gambia to Uganda all the way to Angola among many other African Countries. Up to date, some countries still exercise modern day “dictatorship” where power and the rule of law are unequally exercised and among citizens.

Despite all these, the recent political developments in Africa indicate that the African people have now understood their positions in society and know what they represent. Recently in South Africa, the former president Jacob Zuma was forced to stepdown after numerous graft allegations were levelled against him. Mugabe in Zimbabwe is equally a victim of the people’s will to promote democracy and the rule of law. In fact, the late Morgan Tsivangirai who also served as a Prime Minister in Zimbabwe had to fight Mugabe for over two decades before justice was finally served.

Consequently, Hailemariam Desalagne of Ethiopia was also forced to step down recently as the Prime Minister after constant protests by the people of Ethiopia with regards to his leadership. (In Ethiopia, the PM is the Chief Administrator whilst the position of the president is ceremonial).

Among other renowned African countries that have been liberated from poor leadership include Gambia, Angola, Libya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Most African country have a negative history especially in the political sphere, that current governments are either trying to fight against or promote.

However some such as Rwanda can be commended on the strides it has made both politically,socially and even economically. Today, Rwanda remains a force to recon in very many different aspects.

Although not all African countries have fully achieved democracy,most of them will in the near future. The internet has remained to play an integral part in all this by mobilizing people together in protesting for what is right for them, DEMOCRACY.

As compared to several years back, today, it has become almost impossible in many countries to propagate impunity and sweep it under the carpet because of the active participation of the public in ensuring justice.

Today’s generation, especially the youths, in a majority of the countries in Africa have learnt to focus on aspects that will empower them other than being used for the wrong reasons by politicians. It is slowly becoming a thorn in the flesh for politicians with poor and weak ideologies to find favor in the eyes of the public. The citizens of today want to see leaders who will transform their country into a better place in all the aspects that revolve around leadership.

Could it then be said that the politics of fear is slowly dying in Africa?

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  1. It is crystal clear that Africans are tired of dictatorship. Day by day many are becoming aware of the power of the people and this is why there is a revolution in Africa. Indeed it is a new dawn for Africa. Very nice article.

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