Multi-termism in headwinds amid protests in Togo, Uganda

Ugandan opposition lawmakers fight with plain-clothes security personnel (in grey suit) in the parliament while protesting a proposed age limit amendment bill debate to change the constitution for the extension of the president’s rule, in Kampala, Uganda September 27. PHOTO | JAMES AKENA | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Amid Africa’s inexorable march towards the idyll of modern democracy, matters seem to be coming to a head for this increasingly unpopular and antiquated breed of leaders,

  • Despite the pressure, the headstrong Museveni seems to have pulled all stops in a bid to perpetuate his hold onto power.

  • Among them are leaders who have for years lorded it over a patchwork of troubled  countries, including the two Congos and Burundi.

For years, a clique of African leaders has espoused the age-old tendency of tinkering with their countries’ constitutions in pursuit of multiple terms in office.

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