It is indeed refreshing to see African presidents who are worthy of emulation with regards to number of tenures to be served. A lot of African countries have been in endless turmoil because of the African tendency of manipulating the constitution to favor their intent to sit longer on the presidential throne. We have countries like Zimbabwe, Angola, Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda (though with the mandate of his people), harbouring the sit-tight syndrome. It was a relief to finally hear Angolan President Eduardo Dos Santos declare his step down in 2017.
With no intention of following this trend, Macky Sall, the Senegalese president has willingly and independently reduced his own tenure by 2 whole years. Also such personalities as Jakaya Kikwete has been awarded Sun Times African Statesman of the year, simply for respecting the rule of law and remaining a man of repute. With these two personalities, one can finally have regards for African leadership; giving the African people the ideal picture of what it means to be a “leader”. In his words:
“We have to understand, in Africa too, that we are able to offer an example, and that power is not an end in itself,”
It is often said that if leadership were what it was supposed to be, a lot of people will not want to be in it. For a change we see people who understand that it is not their birthright to be called “presidents”. By cutting down the presidential term in office from 7 to 5 years, and currently upholding a two-term limit, Macky Sall just fulfilled his 2012 campaign promise to the people. Such are the calibre of leaders Africa is in dire need of.