African Leadership

  • The failure of African development comes back, again and again, to corruption and misrule. In the first decade of the 21st century, Africa is poorer than during the 1960s at the end of the colonial era, with disease, population growth and environmental degradation spiralling out of control. While other regions are experiencing increasing prosperity, Africa is plunging into a nightmare of underdevelopment and despair. It is a cauldron of conflict, wars and death: a forlorn, dysfunctional, and conflict-ridden conglomeration of failed states. The scars of leadership orchestrated devastation litter Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Congo, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire, Northern Uganda and other African frontiers of conflict. Africa’s failure to escape from poverty, after over four decades of independence, and over $400 billion Dollars Development aid, should be placed squarely on the failure of leadership. Criminals, who should be in maximum security prison yards, are the ones occupying the seats of power. Africa is marooned on the sandbanks of underdevelopment because African thugs have been at the helm of affairs almost since independence shamelessly celebrating monumental idiocy, grotesque incompetence and a kind of visionless kleptomania unparalleled in the history of governance.

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