By Stephen Twinoburyo, Pretoria.
I find this comparison between the ages of African leaders and those of the other world quite telling:
Abdulai Wade (Senegal), age 83, Hosni Mubarak (Egypt), 82, Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), 86, Hifikepunye Pohamba (Namibia), 74, Rupiah Banda (Zambia), 73, Mwai Kibaki (Kenya), 71, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), 75, Colonel Gaddafi (Libya), 68, Jacob Zuma (South Africa), 68, Bingu Wa Mtalika (Malawi), 76, Paul Biya (Cameroon), 77, Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), 66. Average Age: 72 yrs.
Other World Leaders:
Barrack Obama (USA), age 48, David Cameron (UK), 43, Dimitri Medvedev (Russia), 45, Stephen Harper (Canada), 51, Julia Gillard (Australia), 49, Nicolas Sarkozy (France), 55, Luis Zapatero (Spain), 49, Jose Socrates (Portugal), 53, Angela Merkel (Germany), 56, Herman Van Rompuy (Belgium), 62. Average Age: 51.
Of the above African leaders, Hosni Mubarak, Robert Mugabe, Colonel Gaddafi, Paul Biya and Yoweri Museveni have ruled their countries for 24 years and above. Yoweri Museveni of Uganda earlier this year said he hopes to retire when he is 75.
They say numbers have their own language of communication. You can make your own conclusion but it seems when it comes to African leaders, it’s ‘rule til thy death’.
Of course one need also to compare the delivery level of the two groups.