Jacob Zuma -African strongmen have failed to learn from history

President Museveni at his farm in Kisozi, western Uganda

By The Weekly Vision Investigative Desk

Former president of South Africa Jacob Zuma is in jail, serving a 15-month sentence with no option for a fine. What lessons can Africa’s other strongmen learn from this? Nothing they never learn!

The likes of Paul Biya of Cameroun and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni may in the very near future face similar predicaments, not unless they die in office. Postcolonial leaders worked hard to become “president for life,” with several managing to remain in power for three or more terms. They engage in corruption, promote instability, societal fractures, and economic stagnation to help them remain in power, in the mistaken belief that they will be there forever! No one, absolutely no one is ever strong enough! At the right time, circumstances change to make former powerful men realise they are mere and simple mortals.

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma being processed to start serving a 15-month jail sentence

Unfortunately for them, two are long gone, Muamar Ghedaffi was dispatched to his maker in 2008 while Bashir is in jail awaiting possible hanging for murders committed under his watch in the Darfur region of Sudan. Yoweri Museveni is still in power calling the shots in Kampala, but for how long can he las even with his son as head of the army?

As history proves, no one, no single person can ever be greater than the State he leads. Just like the cattle keeper in Kampala who is now grooming an ill-fated Tutsi aristocracy, doomed to fail. Where is Life president Idi Amin Dada, Joseph Mobutu Sese Seko, Bendel Bokassa, Samuel Doe or even Said Barre of Somali? These despots have failed to learn from history.           

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