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Solly Moeng | The more things change on the continent, the more they stay the same

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A 10 year old boy helps his blind father as they wait in a line to vote at a polling station in Kampala, Uganda.
A 10 year old boy helps his blind father as they wait in a line to vote at a polling station in Kampala, Uganda.
YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP

Through his conduct, outgoing US President Donald Trump has given the defenders of African despots more fuel for their defence of the indefensible, writes Solly Moeng.

Just over a week ago, the whole world sat up and watched with bated breath as events unfolded in Washington DC, the capital of the USA, that few would have imagined possible in the modern era.

A crowd of angry right wingers, reportedly following a call by an angry sitting president who refuses to accept electoral loss, stormed the nation's seat of power, the US Capitol. They broke into meeting chambers and private offices of Congress and Senate leaders, went through drawers, took pictures of notes left behind by elected leaders, who had either fled the building or were hiding in darkened rooms, crouching behind desks or lying on the floor, in-between benches, all in desperate attempts to hide from the unpredictable, menacing invaders.

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