Senegal’s 85 year old president Abdoulaye Wade Adds A Sham to Africa

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | iZivisoMag.com

When Senegal’s 85-year-old president Abdoulaye Wade came onto the continent’s political scene in 2000 he was so refreshing and progressive in his talk about Africa’s advancement. But, as recent events in his country are proving, underneath all the jabber about progress and development, a dictator was lurking.

Senegal's 85 year old president , Abdoulaye Wade

Like many other African leaders, Wade does not see the logic of handing over power. On Monday, the octogenarian leader submitted papers to seek his third term in office.

Surprisingly when Wade took office in 2000, a two-term limit was introduced into the Senegalsese constitution. But, according to news reports, Wade argues that the law is not retroactive, and since he took office when there were no term limits, he should be allowed to run for a third term.

What’s sad is that Wade who brought in a breath of fresh air into the continent’s political scene joins a long list of dictators who have betrayed the African dream.

In Senegal, Wade’s bid for a third term has been controversial to say the least. There is growing calls in the country for Wade to step aside. However, as we well know, Wade will use the state machinery and hooks and crooks in the book to get his way. It is sad that African leaders continue to give the continent a bad name.

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