Most of the African problems are attributed to the inability of parliaments in Africa to play their role within the principles of the doctrine of separation of powers. They are easily compromised by the Executive in their respective countries.
The Executive uses the party caucuses and cabinet to frame repugnant legislations that are easily and overwhelmingly passed by the party majority in parliament, thus causing problems to their communities.
Africa is composed of states of more than 50, but many of these are ruled under the dictatorship arrangements under which the citizens have lost their constitutional liberties. Some of these countries come under the leaderships of the following leaders who have overstayed in power as follows;
1. Gabon’s Omar Bongo since 1967.
2. Exit-pending Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi since 1969.
3. Angola’s Edwards dos Sentos since 1979
4. Equatorial Guinea’s Theodoro Bianga since 1979
5. Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe since 1980
6. Imprisoned Egyptian’s Hoshi Mubarak since 1981
7. Cameroon’s Paul Biya since 1982
8. Congo Republic’s Denis Sassou Nguesso Zeized power in a coup in 1979 lost in elections in 1997 and regained power in a bloody civil war in 1997.
9. Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni came into power in 1986 through a five – year protracted bloody civil war and immediately castigated African leaders who overstayed in power.
10. Tunisia’s Zine al-Abine Ben Ali since 1987 was booted in February 2011 in a people’s popular revolution.
The Uganda 9th Parliament is now seriously agitating to urgently reinstitute presidential term limits after realizing that overstaying in power by our leaders has contributed to the present heinous problems in the country.
With vibrant parliaments and uncompromised cabinets in Africa, the ray of hope could appear where overstaying in power by leaders could be curtailed dramatically in pursuit of the rule of law.