How’s Democracy in Your Perspective to the Current Leadership?
May be if I can take a bit into the political arena. Looking at politics, specifically on the Africa continent, there has been some progress in democracy. But to a big extent, it’s the very leaders who come to power singing democracy that eventually undermine it. They beat and maim their opponents, change constitutions to fit their personal ambitions , to name a few. What beats my understanding, is it the populace that doesn’t understand democracy or the power that corrupts these rulers?
What’s your perspective on this?
Democracy has no single specific definition.Every society has its basics of democracy.
Modern political science says democracy has the following elements.
Regular elections,freedom of press,association, freedom of movement, resource allocation equally,and participation in decision making, multi party politics .
In Africa most countries have regular elections but their opposite candidates are not allowed to mobilize for support ,a case in reference is my country Uganda ,every 5 years there is election of president who always moves in any part of the country but other candidates are always teargassed even at their homes,can you call this democracy.
Poor nations cannot even practice democracy because every individual who has a position and has access to money can buy voters at less than 1 dollar .
The important feature of a Democratic system is that it guarantee the freedom for everyone. Only in a free society can a person optimize his/her role and potential for the benefit of society as a whole.
In my country, Indonesia, democracy has been used for more than two decades. I have seen a lot of improvement in our freedom of thinking. And this system provides an ideas-promoting environment in every aspect of society.
However, in the current state, Indonesia face a leadership-crisis. The democratic system, in my country, has given a lot of advantages to those who has a lot money to hold a position in the government. And I think it is not good for the country since it is a businessman lead the administration and not a stateman.
I don’t think democracy has direct relationship with good leadership. Good leadership has a lot to do with personality of the leader. Many African leaders are bad leaders especially in Nigeria.
Democracy in normal standards is the best system of government, because, is a government for by the people and the people, it gives citizens the freedom to express themselves, but, for me,Democracy is government of the western world, it does not work in Africa, Because, an average African political leader is atorcratic in nature.
Democracy will be very difficult to work in Africa, our leaders seems to be democratic but once on the power they automatically change the constitution for their own fit. In my country Gunnea Conakry the one who was promotting the democracy since 1980 ,once in power have chance everything including laws,and constitution for his benefits and ambitions. No freedom, no developement,no job. People are suffering here and there.
It appears that those that come in saying they are for democracy are morally corrupt in the first instance and then they get too used to power and become tyrants and then become dictators.
The populace obviously do not understand the concepts or they are easily led into voting for these people or there is massive corruption.
In most African countries the so called liberators are now dictators who oppress the people they claim to have freed from the colonialists.
They use their ‘liberation’ credentials to dupe the people in believing that their freedom and wellbeing is dependent on their being in power.
That’s why we have so many dictatorships in Africa masquerading as democracies.
Thank you David, this is exactly what’s happening here in my country. The rulers who have been in power for the last 35 years, plundering the the whole country but still tell people that they are the solution to thier problems.
In all honesty, true democracy is not practiced in Africa especially Nigeria
It takes a certain type of person to become a politician – usually not a very nice person. Someone who is happy to stab someone in the back(literally) to further their political career. I think even if they start out with good intentions they always get pressurized by the lawbreakers to do things their way. Vicious cycle
I don’t think there is a true democracy in Africa. All leaders use the word democracy in order reach on the throne. Then the saw their true colors as dictators, corrupted people,and wampires.
They use human blood for sacrifice so they are ready to kill people at anytime.
Democracy is used to corrupt people in Africa.