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Here are 5 Democratic African Countries Run by Power-intoxicated Leaders [Past and Present]

General assumption is that power can be a consuming entity and can easily intoxicate. The more that it is received, the more it is coveted.

Many have gone to great lengths to obtain a high position and some do not mind committing heinous activities for a taste of power.

The following African leaders supposedly lead democratic countries, yet they are power hungry and do not show sign of loosening their grip soon.

President Pierre Nkurunziza…AFP

Pierre Nkurunziza

Pierre Nkurunziza has held the laurels of the presidency in Burundi since August 26, 2005.

After being nominated by his party to run for a third presidential term in 2015, many disagreed to the legality of his run and a protest ensued.  100 protestors died and there was also an attempt of a coup to oust Nkurunziza.  The media was shut down and over 400,000 native Burundians left the country for other pastures.

In May 2015, Nkurunziza revealed to Africa Confidential that he believed he was “chosen by God” to rule Burundi.

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila speaks at a news conference…VOA News

Joseph Kabila

Joseph Kabila assumed power of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on January 26, 2001 – ten days after the assassination of his father, former President Laurent-Désiré Kabila.

Kabila is unpopular with the people of the DRC due to the funnelling of funds which enrich his family while the majority of the people of the DRC remain in dire straits.

Kabila is also blamed for the long-running civil wars which include opposition from rebel forces in Rwanda and Uganda.

He has also postponed elections in DRC, prolonging his time in power while angering DRC citizens.

Uganda’s President Museveni attends his swearing-in ceremony at the Independence grounds in Uganda’s capital Kampala…Time Magazine


Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Museveni is a Ugandan politician who has been President of the African country since January 29, 1986.

Museveni spearheaded uprisings that have ousted Idi Amin and Milton Obote out of power.

Museveni has been lauded as running a democratic nation when in fact, Uganda is anything but.

The Ugandan leader has instituted an amendment which has done away with the presidential age limit and term limits – all in an attempt for him to stay in power for as long as possible. He also responsible for instituting the social media and mobile money tax which is earning a killing – at the expense of the citizens of Uganda.

Paul Biya…Africa is a Country

Paul Biya

Paul Biya has been the President of Cameroon since November 6, 1982.

Biya apprehended power from Ahmadou Ahidjo in a fabricated coup.

Since being in power, Biya has earned the titles of the longest-ruling leader in Africa and the oldest ruler in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Under the sovereignty of Biya, there have been documented genocide ordered by the President, barbaric imprisonments of Ahmed Abba and Michel Thierry Atangana in which the former was heavily scrutinized by Amnesty International.

Biya has also been criticized for misappropriating government funds by spending extended periods of time in Switzerland at the Hotel InterContinental.

His lack of empathy for his constituents and power hungry tactics have placed him in Tyrants, the World’s 20 Worst Living Dictators by David Wallechinsky.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo…The Worldfolio

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

President Nguema started his reign of power early in his political career as the leader of the Black Beach Prison – a facility known for ruthlessly torturing inmates.

Nguema then overthrew his own uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema in a 1979 military coup. Nguema then became President of Equatorial Guinea and has held the position till this day. He has earned the title of the second longest-serving non-royal national leader in the world.

A self-proclaimed “God,” Nguema has been accused of abusing his power by imposing government directed kidnappings, subjective arrest, impunity and has been proven to be involved in embezzlement and corruption by the United States Department of Justice.

Strategically, Nguema has maintained a “dominant-party state” which ensures a specific political party – Nguema’s Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) stays in power for an indefinite amount of time.


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