Former Kenyan Prime Minister now opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has entreated Rwanda President, Paul Kagame, his mentor, Yoweri Museveni, and their Burundi counterpart, Pierre Nkurunziza, to let go of power.
While giving a public lecture titled “And Live Accordingly” at Strathmore University, Odinga said these presidents should allow other people to lead instead of supergluing in office for life.
According to Odinga, democracy in Africa has been destroyed by a few selfish leaders who want to rule for life instead of quitting office when their terms expire.
Odinga is further quoted by Daily Nation Kenya saying Museveni has been in power since 1986 to 1996 but in 2005, he removed term limits hence ruling uninterrupted for 30 years.
Yet, continued Odinga, in 2016, Museveni is once more a presidential candidate.
“He is saying that he wants a last term to construct the railway. If you have not done that in 30 years you cannot do it in the next five years,” Odinga is quoted as saying.
Surprisingly, Odinga himself will be seeking Kenya’s presidency in 2017, for the fourth time, after failing in the past three attempts.
In Rwanda, the ruling party is pushing for another term for President Kagame when he completes his tenure in 2017.
“Kagame is a protégé of Museveni and he has learnt very well from him. He is leading a campaign that says nobody else can hold Rwanda together, that (the) Rwanda situation is unique and therefore (he) should stay in office.”
He added: “Those people will always have those arguments. President Obama told them that if you have not been able to mentor a successor for that period of time then the mistake is yours not the people.”
In Burundi, Nkurunziza gave himself a third term in office by bathing in the blood of his citizens.
In Congo, Joseph Kabila, is also pushing for a third term in office despite protests.
Read more on Odinga’s lecture: http://rao.co.ke/live-accordingly/