African leaders have seen the need in recent years to set a different political trajectory in governance. This perhaps inspired the need to come up with the top disciplinarian presidents now in Africa.
At the moment Africa can spot some of their leaders who genuinely want positive change in their nations. Already you can guess one or 2 of African presidents who are not in for the business as usual policy.
By default once Africa is mentioned there is a picture of the needy society who will probably not be able to beat the political and economic decadence in their nations. Well, some African countries are battling hard to erase that degrading stereotype.
A while ago, Mabior Garang de Mabior, the son of Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Sudanese politician and leader compiled the list of disciplinarian presidents in Africa now.
According to his criteria, he put into judgement such qualities such as Godliness; emphasis on work ethics, general progress and reduced corruption rates in their governments.
It is good to mention that some of these disciplinarian presidents seemingly have dictatorial tendencies. They are the hardest nuts to crack as far as order and decorum is concerned, in recent African polity.
In no particular order, these are 4 disciplinarian presidents according to Mabior Garang de Mabior, whose efforts have been the most conspicuous at the moment. They include:
1. President Magufuli
At the moment he is making his first cabinet reshuffle. Since his assumption of office the “bulldozer” president has been doing the good work of sanitizing the government.
His disciplinary measures are not in question as he has gotten up to the point of sacking a bosom friend for appearing drunk to an official proceeding. He went as far as cracking down on prostitutes and banning mini skirts in the country.
Piece by piece, through his disciplinary and austerity measures, Tanzanian government and economy is taking an encouraging shape. The #WhatWouldMagufuliDo is a proof of the extent the impact of his reformation has gone.
2. President Kagame
According to the Legatum prosperity index, Rwanda is the most economically progressing nation in Africa. The ranker described the nation as one with “surplus prosperity”.
To get to that point where Rwanda is mentioned and there is much more good things to say before the unforgettable genocide, means that the nation’s leader is doing a good job.
President Paul Kagame is definitely re-writing the story of the nation. Achieving such feat is only possible for a president with focus. Need we say that focus is a by-product of discipline?
“He routinely stays up to 2 or 3 a.m. to thumb through back issues of The Economist or study progress reports from red-dirt villages across his country, constantly searching for better, more efficient ways to stretch the billion dollars his government gets each year from donor nations that hold him up as a shining example of what aid money can do in Africa.” – New York Times
It has been reported that he punished some deviants by flogging them. He has not denied that he could be rough and tough with offenders.
“It’s my nature. I can be very tough, I can make mistakes like that.”
3. President Buhari
In a similar spirit with Magufuli, President Muhammadu Buhari is one of the current disciplinarian presidents who will not rest till corruption in the government system goes down to zero.
In the course of one year, the Nigerian president has recovered loots from government officials. The recovered and pledged refunds are on a tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.
It appears he has become a little liberal given the democratic era in the country. Back then he was so stern that civil discipline was visibly engraved in the actions of the Nigerian populace.
As a former military Nigerian President, Buhari is remembered to have deployed soldiers with whips at the stations. Late civil servants were made to do frog jumps.
He introduced “War Against Indiscipline” in his time as military ruler. There are talks of possibly re-introduce the movement into the present administration.
The current Buhari government is set to launch the “Change Begins With Me” campaign. All these to foster discipline to a greater extent in the country.
4. Salva Kiir
Sudanese president has also been named as one of Africa’s disciplinarian presidents. The author who came up with the list of disciplined leaders shared his personal experience with the president himself.
Serving as the Minister for Water Resources, Mabior Garang de Mabior narrated on Facebook how the President had walked him out of a meeting for wearing a bow tie.