Association for Free Research and International Cooperation

Power management in Africa

19.06.2018
Africa, perceived as the cradle of humanity, is a rich continent with real natural (earth) and human potential. It is and remains at the crossroads of politics, because the management of its power is very poorly organized. While democracy tends to be the most shared form of government in the world, in Africa the reality seems to be quite different.

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Africa is the most irrational continent, the poorest, the most poorly managed. Hunger, bad governance, confiscation of power, failure to respect human rights, corruption and the institutionalization of recurrent favoritism, epidemics, wars, genocide, nepotism at the top of power and the institutionalized dictatorship is rooted in Africa under the protective shield of the mismanagement of its presidents, so-called all-powerful who drag on to power. The determination of African leaders who develop a tendency to want to keep power in violation of the constitution against the will of the people leads in the short or medium term to the violation of fundamental rights and individual freedoms. Presidents who change the constitution or twist the electoral process in their country to stay in power end up taking actions or taking actions that violate fundamental rights. In several African countries, the security forces act as instruments of repression in any discordant voice (they seek to eliminate those who are against mismanagement and who play the role of counter-power …), instead of acting as forces of promotion and defense of fundamental rights and individual freedoms.

In Africa, the adage that says “we are someone behind someone” finds all its meaning in the management of power, a power that advocates nepotism to the detriment of meritocracy and excellency; power is for leaders an instrument to promote their families, friends and acquaintances … thus violating one of the fundamental principles of human rights which is the equality of all; and indirectly favoring corruption.

The State, the guarantor of property and persons, has completely lost the notion of general interest, and is spending money on things which are not worth; When we observe the lifestyle of African leaders, it is clear that they hold more important fortunes (luxury cars, villas …) while their countries languish under the weight of misery, suffering and by consequently, the internal or external debt. The majority of African leaders and their relatives use the power to enrich themselves illegally, they are involved in all the national circuits that generate money: mining, oil, forestry, infrastructure construction, air transport and transportation; import and export activities. African leaders are more businessmen than statesmen.

In such a situation, men who have tasted power and money can no longer agree to leave it, thus preventing the alternation of power by thereby confiscating such power to the point of changing the constitution in their favor with the complicity of the parliament or refuse to recognize the victory of the opposition in the elections, to hang on at all costs to power. They go into office poor and magically, become very rich as soon as they reach the supreme magistracy. Nobody controls their wealth.

In view of this mismanagement of power in Africa, it is time for the African people to rise as a single man, it is also urgent to re-define the notion of government in Africa, which calls us to alternation, that is to say, the renewal of the ruling class, with the aim of turning to the true values that are, among other things, meritocracy and excellence. The management of power in Africa must truly turn to a real state of law where individuals have the full capacity to live and flourish freely especially the plans … Politics is the art of managing men and who says art, says sciences … Therefore, the power should be managed in a scientific way, and not by practices of witchcraft or voodoo … Simply put, the power must be managed in transparency and traceability.

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