GOODBYE MUGABE...WHO'S NEXT?


By DESMOND EKWUEME


● Jammeh, Campaore On Exile....Mugabe Going On Exile....Africa Still Counting


From all indications Robert Mugabe may be heading for South Africa on exile. That is a "soft landing" arrangement for the 93-year old. 

Arrangement by the military with some top politicians is for elections to hold probably on April 18, 2018 is underway....With Mugabe going on exile, we may be losing count soonest on the number of former African leaders in exile.
Mugabe another African leader humiliated by himself. But will they ever learn? Will they ever appreciate that absolute power, corrupts absolutely? Will they ever believe that life or power is transient? Just this year, less than six months ago Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia was swept away by the people's unrest after he rejected their voices from the ballot box which brought in President Adama Barrow.


Today Jammeh is a farmer in Mondono village in Equatorial Guinea where he is on exile. If Mugabe had learnt any lessons from the ouster of Jammeh, he won't have been on his way to exile. What a sad experience leaving your country of birth, your homeland to possibly spend the rest of your life in a foreign land like a true stranger.



Sure, there are others like Mugabe around. Jammeh's host Theodora Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is 75 years old. He was born on June 5, 1942 and has been President of his country (Equatorial Guinea) since 1979. He has been President for 38 years and still counting. He is preparing his son and wife as possible replacements in any case of eventualities. The same madness exhibited by Mugabe, who is paving way for Grace. It is certain that Nguema Mbasogo has not learnt any lesson and could just be the next on line to go on exile after Mugabe.


There is Paul Biya of Cameroun who is 84 years old. He has been President since 1982.... That is 35 years and still counting. There is also Denis Sassou Ngueso of the Republic of Congo. He is 74 years old and has been President since 1997.....that is 20 years as president and still counting...


Joseph Kabila of Congo Democratic Republic is just 46 years old but 16 of those years he has spent as President.....and still counting. He took over from his assassinated father Laurent Kabila when he was just 30....that was 10 days after his father's demise. Joseph is not ready to relinquish power, at least not in the next 30 years since he is still very much young. By the next 30 years he would have spent 46 in power. 


We can go on and on. Truth is that the "foreign powers" brought most of these African leaders to power and aide them to stay on for as long as they keep doing the bidding of their "colonial masters". The bidding is centred on the "stealing" of Africa's gold, silver, diamond, columbite and black gold (crude oil) among others.



Sadly when push comes to shove, when the foolish and greedy African leaders have been used and dumped and when they have overstayed their welcome they get kicked out, disgraced and most times destroyed.

We have three categories of African leaders. The despots who got destroyed by power drunkenness or age like Mobutu Sese Sekou of Zaire, Idi Amin of Uganda, Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, Pieter Botha of Apartheid South Africa, Matthew Kerekou of Benin Republic, Samuel Doe of Liberia, Moamer Gaddafi of Libya and Sani Abacha of Nigeria.


The second category is for those who were kicked out like Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Laurent Gbagbo of Cote'd'Ivoire, Blaise Campoare of Burkina Faso who is on exile in Morocco, Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and Charles Taylor of Liberia.




The third category is for those likely to go the ways of members of the second group. The likes of Paul Biya, Joseph Kabila, Nguema Mbasogo and Ngueso among others. It is likely that six months from now, the alarm bell will ring again on another African leader, who probably will be going on exile.
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