‘African Leaders Fear Quit Because They Are Corrupt’
Friday, August 26, 2011
Chief Nkemayang Paul, a well known Cameroonian veteran journalist and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Star Media in Cameroon said, a good number of African leaders don’t want to relinquish power simply because they are corrupt and have transformed leadership into an everlasting heritage.
Mr Nkemayang was presenting a paper on “Media Ethics in Election Reporting in West Africa” at the just-concluded commonwealth forum at the Sheraton Hotel and Spa in Brufut.
The Commonwealth media forum centered on “Media and Economic Development in a Globalising World” for participants to share experiences and ideas, that will pave the way for the enhancement of the role of the media in The Gambia.
He chastised African leaders for wanting to hand over power only to their family members. This, he added, results to the miseries the continent is faced with.
“It is a common place in West Africa whereby power is handed over along family lines because leaders want their sons to
continue sitting their ‘buttocks’ on the throne,” he said.
According to him, many leaders in Africa are ‘power hungry’ and do not want to hand over power to others, rather they prefer to die on the throne.
He further stated many leaders who are in power today in Africa are butchering the constitution in broad light.
“Every day in their lives, they only think of how to continue robbing their citizens,” he added.
“Most of them are not holding the principles of democracy and good governance. They are dictators.”
He cited Togo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and to an extend Morocco as true examples of leadership by inheritance.
“All these countries that I mentioned,” he continued, “rule of law looks like an aberration and even trigger-happy security officials are used to secure the votes for the leaders in power.”
For him, “dictators in West Africa are in their numbers, they do everything within their might to subdue political opponents and corrupt journalists to dance to their rulers tune.”
In many parts of Africa, he said, journalists are often prevented by gun totting soldiers loyal to the regime in power from doing their job in election reporting.
In addition, the vast majority of the citizens live in land-locked enclaves stating that this situation makes it virtually impossible for journalists to give a clear picture of elections in such places.
These, he pointed out, calls for a lot of selflessness on the part of journalists to brave the ordeal of reaching such remote areas.
Author: Mamadou Edrisa Njie