Democracy suffers as Africa’s strongmen learn to fly without perching

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni takes the oath of office during a ceremony at the Kololo Airstrip grounds in the capital Kampala, May 12, 2011. 


Photo credit: Peter Busomoke | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Africa’s dalliance with western-style democracy is in danger of being hijacked by a new ‘enlightened’ authoritarianism that serves at the altar of dictatorship while performing the rituals of electoral politics.

More African countries are holding elections but democracy and freedoms are in retreat as incumbents manipulate processes and control the institutions meant to check their power.


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