Death of democracy

2010-12-11 10:00

There is something wrong with us Africans.

It was Somalia, Democratic ­Republic of Congo, Kenya, ­Zimbabwe.

The list is endless.

Now it is Ivory Coast.

I hope this is the last time I hear of people being reluctant to ­surrender power after they have fairly lost elections.

Dear Africans, please refrain from clinging to power forever.

Once they are elected presidents of their countries, they don’t want to leave office when they have fairly lost elections.

 Why? This must come to an end.

We cannot accept this any more.

Once we can truly accept election ­results, the ­African Union’s slogan, “Africa must unite – an efficient and effective African Union for a new Africa”, will be realised.

I have never heard of the ­American or British people killing each other over election results.

What is it that they are doing right that is impossible for us to learn from? Africa is a laughing stock to ­other nations.

Accept the outcomes of elections and your lives will continue as normal.

What is difficult here? Failure to accept election ­results will culminate in a lot of people ­losing their lives due to fighting among ourselves.

This must come to an end.

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