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Is Democracy In Africa A ‘Dictatorship Of The Majority’?
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This has given them a platform to become more ambitious about who they can be in life just as any youth on the globe. W h a t s t r i k e s me most is that the current leadership in most African nations is neither transitioning to e-governance nor absorbing innovative ideas to the system, especially if it is from the African youth. Government systems and strategies are not moving at the same pace as its youth’s mindset, constituting the next generation of leaders. M o s t A f r i c a n governments are moving more slowly than the r e s t o f t h e w o r l d , subsequently affecting the African youth. T h e r e s u l t s a r e c o u n t r y - l e d a n d supervised by outdated ideas which are failing to accommodate or absorb the ambitions of the crisp gold innovative youth of Africa. African governments are failing to create policies that benefit the average person’s wellbeing. Rather, they are busy protecting their individual interests. For ever y young African to have a share in their localized economy, I believe there is a need to base any democratic government on the rule and law of the land and on human dignity. So, how do we create an agenda that will stand to support the average person even after a change of government? How do we support the idea that democracy in African countries is founded on human rights and is in line with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda? How do we establish a system that is fully embedded on leadership to create a climate of equal opportunity for the youth who feel the system is unequally represented b y t h e c u r r e n t government system? Not addressing these issues
means continuing with the current status quo. It is time for African l e a d e r s a n d t h e i r governments to be held accountable for failing to deliver on the promises they have made to their people. These commitments should be made official to prove that what they did was for the best and done to protect the interests of the public. L e t u s h a v e a system that will hold democratically elected leaders accountable during and even after their tenure and one that will allow people to make accusations on their governments’ actions during their tenure in office. Any criminal activity, inaction to act for sustainable development and ultimately the betrayal slap on people’s faces often seen in most African nations (i.e. lying to the people who elected them in power). O n l y t h e n t h i s majority type of dictatorship running many African nations will stop mushrooming and will be alerted to serve its people. Ultimately, this will give confidence to the youth of Africa today who need to be shown that they have a role in this majority dictatorship governance system. If the goal of the democratic system of governance will be to create an ideal system where the youth is inspired and supported by the governments to achieve future equitable and sustainable societies. A n a c c o u n t a b l e system of governance will remind African youth leaders that to achieve economic equity, d e m o c r a c y i s s t i l l relevant. However, a new system of accountable governance will give Africa a strong stance for peace. The implementation of ideas for sustainable economic development strongly requires the p a s s i o n o f t o d ay ’s African youth. Yes! because no matter how educated someone is, the high levels of youth
u n e m p l oy m e n t a n d corruption fueled by this new disease of majority dictatorship is a scourge on African communities. The positive dreams of the youth are fading l e a d i n g t h e m i n t o criminal activities to make ends meet. It would be accurate to say that majority dictatorship is failing to take advantage of the ultimate resource gold of Africa – its labor and of course the rich natural resources overshadowing the real benefits this has to make it a reality for African economies to be independent and equitable. It is vital to understand that this idea of holding democracy accountable for its loopholes requires maximum acceptance from each host nation’s citizens. Pause a bit, give this a very clearly unbiased moment of thought. A democratic system that will hold a trial sitting to audit the out-coming president to state the case of his legacy. If she or he had failed to r ule their democratically free and elected power on fulfilling the promises given to the people, grounding it on its people human rights, and his commitments signed to support the improvement of his citizen’s needs. To mention a few commitments are the vision brought forward in every nation. Only then should we follow up on their leadership and hold them accountable for abuse of power during their tenure in office. This is a big crime that has been brought down to acceptance as a normal trend. Abuse of power in a democratic nation g rounded on h u m a n r i g h t s a n d integrity based agenda will be a serious crime at all levels of public service. For a start, this can be the platform, meanwhile exploring more ways in which it can be made out of corruption. However, it is only through such a commission that nations’ incoming presidents will be able to scrutinize an
outgoing president’s ideas and then try to build on the highlighted failures or success. Mostly because of she or he would then know that without protecting the people’s interests they will soon be subject to similar justice. By testifying in front of the nation and its people before handing over power to the new government, will they clearly state how they tried to achieve what they promised? Defend what they did if every action or time spent in office was for the people or for their majority interests. Thus, each elected o f f i c i a l f r o m l o c a l councilors (or local governments) to the president should have that in mind as they plea for votes from citizens of African nations. This will allow them to gover n and most importantly support the idea to replace a new democracy which is also now called a dictatorship of the majority. Through this type of governance which makes democracy to operate on internationally declared human rights and with every leader knowing that a commission will be held to audit all their
tenure years in office. We i g h i n g e v e r y second spent in office to see if their actions or inactions in office did save the peoples’ interests. Did they improve or try by their possible means to make every citizen have an environment that is clearly designed to improve their well-being? Once future leaders h a v e t h a t d e e p e r understanding in mind, I am certain that with Africa being the fastest growing continent in urban development, with its growing youthful population, a decade from now there will be a different yet successful, story coming out of many nations. This cannot be fulfilled when there is a system that is only benefiting a small minority. Who are a few fractions of the total population setting up governments grounded on policies that are protecting their interests? It is only these types of ideas that will give the youth hope for an equitable Africa in the future. They will add one important thing in mind to their future hopes ambitions. They add the strong principle that any government will be set to stand for every action and decision they make.
Furthermore, this notion of closing doors to others in the name of democracy must end. It is mushrooming very fast. Democracy is not totally reflecting the interests of everyone during the implementation stage of most governments in Africa. It is argued that the African population knows and has in mind to put to trial their gover nment after a term in offices. If a government is put to vote or commission to stand to its people after a tenure in office. If it shows that it failed because of inaction, should we proceed to the courts? If we implant this in every African leader or youth who wants a public office that democracy is not a system to use for your personal gains. If they have that in mind as they file for office, only then can we have truthful, dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic leaders in office who are voted to lead with vision and genuinely share the nation’s profits, protect c i t i z e n’s i n t e r e s t s ? They will take being a president, minister, a member of parliament or mayor as a position to serve the people and not themselves.