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Is Democracy In Africa A ‘Dictatorship Of The Majority’?.
By Mebeelo Kafungwa
What is a democracy?
Africa’s democracy in practice is not as theory tells it.
A n A f r i c a n democracy is said to by the people, for the people, democratically elected and with liberal ideals espoused by western democratic nations. Perhaps it is just the political systems within the countries. This article exposes on a new language in governance being referred to us a “dictatorship of the majority?”
It has existed in Africa since post-colonial times. This is a democracy with only a small group of people rotating the leadership circle to govern a nation, and yet they still earn their power through the “democratic process”.
It is leadership with the same network of people having access to stand for or be nominated for the presidency or any other high-profile leader ship position because they are part of a majority or willing to die for a ruling government agenda.
Op - Ed
One would think that after decades of i n d e p e n d e n c e a n d adoption of democratic systems of governance, Africa would be well established into a real democracy.
Yet to the contrary, a high amount of evidence and examples of ‘dictatorship of the majority’ can be drawn from most of the African nations, including, but not limited to, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, and Malawi. Thus, it is worth noting that although
c u r r e n t l e a d e r s throughout Africa may have been elected through a democratic process, the governments are not creating opportunities for their populations, because what the leaders care about is shaping a power that can protect their own interests throughout their tenure in office and beyond.
It is unfortunate that not all elected officials in African countries have the passion and hope like the founders of most nations during the liberation struggle ofmost African countries
After the end of colonialism, African gover nments be gan establishing development agendas throughout the continent. The problem is that these agendas are only presented at election times and never followed through. Furthermore, there is a repetitive cycle that trends in most nations, were leadership development agendas are still kneeling to the ideas of capitalism through industrialization that may only have benefited a small minority
in both the developed world and in African nations. I w o u l d a r g u e that most renowned democratic presidents and their governments are overwhelmed with old ideas which no longer have a place in shaping today’s Africans gover nance towards sustainable development. Africa is a continent blessed with a growing young population for the future. The African youth aged 15-24 represents 19 percent of the global youth population. By 2030, the United Nations has projected this group to increase by 42 percent and double by 2055. The world is changing with much uncertainty in the globalized economy and world order. Yet, through an open digital information platform and access to information via the Internet, the African youth is now up to date with information on science and technology, the flaws of governance, success stories of policy, good financial systems, and entertainment, as quickly as it is published
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