we take a look at some of Africa’s longest serving leaders who after revolutions and and coups, still remain in power.One thing’s definitely for sure: Power is addictive. Whether we love them or not, this addiction can never be a good thing.
1.Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo – Equatorial Guinea
After ousting his uncle, Masie Nguema Biyongo Ndong, in a violent 1979 coup Teodoro Obiang Nguema Basongo took over as head of the Revolutionary Council (which governed over post-coup) Equatorial Guinea.
2. José Eduardo dos Santos – Angola
President Dos Santos has been President of Angola since 1979, four years after the country attained its liberation.
3. Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is probably the most polarising in the list. While receiving intense criticism from the West, he also has fierce support from Africans within and outside Africa for his outspoken defiance of Western control and influence.
4. Paul Biya – Cameroon
Prior to the commencement of his presidency in 1982, Paul Biya served as Prime Minister under Ahmadou Ahidjo.
Biya has held on to power through political reforms like a single-party system in the 80s (which he abolished under pressure in the 90s), high-margin election victories (which have consistently been suspected as fraudulent) and has maintained a close relationship with France, the former colonial master.
5.Yoweri Museveni – Uganda
President Yoweri Museveni has been at the helm of Uganda’s government since the toppling of Idi Amin and Milton Obote (1986)