Let’s face the fact, if former and late Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, 95, was not unceremoniously marched out of the office he held for 37 years in 2017, he would have still been the President of the country to date. Despite gaining power in 1987, he refused to step down from office until 2017. His rule was highly controversial. He once won the top prize in a lottery organized by a state-owned bank, among other things. Well, Mugabe was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa nicknamed ‘Crocodile’, a 75-year-old onetime loyalist to the ex-president.
In Uganda, after weeks of political wrangling, threats, intimidation, and embarrassing fisticuffs, the parliament finally pushed through a change to the constitution which removes age limits for holders of the highest office in the land. The age limit had been 75. President Yoweri Museveni is 74. He has been president of Uganda since 1986.
Some Of The Old African Leaders.
Muhammadu Buhari is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and self-appointed Federal Minister of Petroleum Resources. He is currently 75 years and is seeking re-election for another tenure of 4 years.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi is 91, his presidency follows a term as Prime Minister, a role he took following the revolution in the country which sparked the Arab Uprising across the Middle East.
85 years old Paul Biya has been Cameroon’s president since 1982. He is seen as a particularly entrenched African leader, having survived a number of coup attempts.
Hage Geingob, 74, is the third president of Namibia. After serving as Prime Minister of the country for 12 years he became President in March 2015.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the President of Ghana, in office since January 2017. He previously served as Attorney General from 2001 to 2003 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007.
Manuel Pinto da Costa is a Santoméan economist and politician who served as the first President of São Tomé and Príncipe from 1975 to 1991. He is serving again as President since 2011.
Who’s The New Oldest African Serving President?
Paul Biya (born Paul Barthélemy Biya’a bi Mvondo; 13 February 1933) is a Cameroonian politician serving as the President of Cameroon since 6 November 1982. A native of Cameroon’s south, Biya rose rapidly as a bureaucrat under President Ahmadou Ahidjo in the 1960s, serving as Secretary-General of the Presidency from 1968 to 1975 and then as Prime Minister of Cameroon from 1975 to 1982. He succeeded Ahidjo as president upon the latter’s surprise resignation in 1982 and consolidated power in a 1983–1984 staged attempted coup in which he eliminated all his rivals.
Its regime is supported by France, which supplies it with weapons and trains its repressive forces. France is the leading foreign investor, ahead of the United States. One hundred and five French subsidiaries are located in all key sectors (oil, timber, construction, mobile telephony, transport, banking, insurance, etc.).
So, there we have it. The next Oldest serving president of an African state is Paul Biya. He is 86 years old.
Robert Mugabe, the rebel who led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980 and ruled for 40-years before he was sacked from office in 2017, is dead. In announcing Mugabe’s death on Friday, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa praised Mugabe as an “icon of liberation”.
“His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” he said. Mugabe has received a glowing tribute, particularly, from African leaders.
Following are the reactions from world leaders to his death:
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
South Africans join the people and government of Zimbabwe in mourning the passing of a liberation fighter and champion of Africa’s cause against colonialism. Under President Mugabe’s leadership, Zimbabwe’s sustained and valiant struggle against colonialism inspired our own struggle against apartheid and built in us the hope that one day South Africa too would be free.
Many Zimbabweans paid with their lives so that we could be free. We will never forget or dishonour this sacrifice and solidarity.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In this moment of sorrow, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his relatives and the people of Zimbabwe who, for many years, he served with commitment and dedication. Words cannot convey the magnitude of the loss as former President Mugabe was an elder statesman, a freedom fighter and a Pan-Africanist who played a major role in shaping the interests of the African continent.
Indeed, we will remember former President Mugabe as a man of courage who was never afraid to fight for what he believed in even when it was not popular.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli.
Africa has lost one of its bravest and Pan-Africanist leaders, who led by example in opposing colonialism.
Zimbabwean Opposition Senator And Rights Lawyer David Coltart, On Twitter.
He was a colossus on the Zimbabwean stage & his enduring positive legacy will be his role in ending white minority rule & expanding a quality education to all Zimbabweans.
Mpho Balopi, secretary-general, Botswana Democratic Party.
Comrade Mugabe was one of Africa’s most renowned freedom fighters and also one of the founding fathers of what is today known as SADC (the inter-governmental Southern African Development Community, whose headquarters are in Botswana). The history of our respective parties’ fraternal relations would be incomplete without mention of Uncle Bob, as he was affectionately known. It is beyond any doubt that he leaves an indelible mark on the politics of the region.
China’s foreign ministry.
Mugabe was an outstanding national liberation movement leader and politician of Zimbabwe. Throughout his life, he has firmly defended the sovereignty of his country, opposed foreign interference, and actively promoted China-Zimbabwe and China-Africa friendship and cooperation.
HONOR! State Mourns Mugabe; Kenyatta Orders Flags To Fly Half Mast For Two Days.
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We still read series of political patronage even after Mugabe’s death and not condolence messages, is this the way forward in Africa? We deserve good governance, good representation, this is high time we start demanding for it, this personalities has taken us for a ride for far too long.
If truly he’s what they call him to be (Mugabe), why didn’t he make use of the hospital in his country even after almost four decades in power but prefer to die outside the shore of the country, shame on whatever he represented. Same thing goes to some if not all African leaders case study of Nigeria you have late president, person of President Umaru Musa Yar’adua who died in hospital outside the shore of his country even while he was still presiding. The current president, President Muhammadu Buhari had to go to hospital at London for many numbers of months for health vacation, wasting huge amount of country resources. Why can’t this office, political, power drunk invest in their various country and make every sectors work but prefer to lavish the country resources outside the country? Let’s assume other country’s leaders are brain dead, vision-less, clueless, office or power drunk like they’re or were, which country’s hospital is going to house their sorry dying ass?
Paul Biya, Mugabe and some others will hold on to power, office for donkey years firmly like it’s family inheritance (business) without meaningful impact even when the administration have the greatest opportunity, continuity with no interruption in office, they represent just their interest (pockets) and not the people they actually claim they’re representing.
Africans with black skin, black heart and black brains…
Have said mine, ain’t you gonna do your widow’s might too!!!