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Africa: Ugandan Election and Sight-Tight Syndrome

Opinion - The silence of African leaders in the face of atrocities in Uganda speaks volumes.

p opinion The silence of African leaders in the face of atrocities in Uganda speaks volumes.The controversy, violence and human rights violations that were reportedly perpetrated by the incumbent President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni against main opposition parties is a microcosm of how some African leaders react to the slightest threat to their long reign in power.The shocking aspect however is the silence of other African leaders to the happenings in Uganda during and shortly before the election.If African leaders see the Presidency as an opportunity to serve the country, rather than to wield and abuse power, they would not have a problem with stepping down after their tenures.

The novel practice in some part of Africa lately is the constitutional removal of term limits for running for Presidential office.In Nigeria, the NotTooYoungToRun bill already made the job easier by lowering the age limits for running for office, and movements like ReadyToRun seek to help groom and support young, aspiring candidates.

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