What Form of Government for African than Democracy?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Democracy is difficult to define these days because all governments want to be called democratic. However, democracy is a system in which the government is under the control of citizens that is why it is defined as a government of the people by the people and for the people. In ancient Greece there was participatory democracy; one in which every adult male citizen participated in government, and participate in the administrative life of society
The populations and area of modern states are too large for all citizens to assemble at one place to discuss about their welfare as a nation. Secondly, government work has become specialized that full time professional administrators are now needed. Modern democracy is a system which gives citizens a maximum personal freedom and also periodic opportunities to choose their leaders.
There is nothing wrong with taking a good thing from a system and amalgamate it in our African system. The Presidential position in modern democracy has not killed the position of Alkalolu (village heads) and Seyfolu (district chiefs) in The Gambia and other parts of Africa. Traditional leadership still exists in Africa.
Author: MB Camara