President Robert Mugabe was fourteen years old at the start of World War II. No, folks, this isn’t a history lesson, nor some type of joke.
I don’t think it registered, so let me say it again.
The Zimbabwean President was 14 years old at the start of WWII. His compadre Mubarak was born before any world cup was ever played. The Senegalese head of state predated the invention of FM Radio, Plastics and Rubbers…. and so forth and so forth.
Perhaps 1 of such occurences could lead us to think “experience”.The very slogan our dear senator McCain ran on. In the case of a couple of them , then we can pull out the proverbial “wisdom” card, but when it becomes a trend, i mean a trend, we must stop and reflect… WHO HAVE WE ENTRUSTED THE KEYS OF OUR AFRICAN NATIONS TO?
Abdulai Wade (Senegal)- age 83years
Hosni Mubarak ( Egypt ) – age 82
Robert Mugabe ( Zimbabwe ) – age 86
Hifikepunye Pohamba ( Namibia ) – age 74
Rupiah Banda ( Zambia ) – age 73
Mwai Kibaki ( Kenya ) – age 71
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ( Liberia ) – age 75
Paul Biya (Cameroon) – age 77
Omar Al -Bashir (Sudan ) – age 65
Colonel Gaddafi ( Libya ) – age 68
Jacob Zuma ( South Africa ) – age 68
Bingu Wa Mtalika (Malawi) – age 76.
John Evans Atta-Mills (Ghana) – age 67
Average Age: === 75.6
Approximately 76 years
You can accuse me of Ageism, or some complex form of prejudice…I’d actually say “go right ahead, broadcast it while you’re there. Maybe that will bring some light to this issue”. And then we can all empower each other to act TALL like pyramids. #EGYPT
It would be very difficult to pinpoint, let alone speculate about the true origin of the clinginess to power that we see over and over again… But one thing is quite certain… Technology is advancing fast, society is rapidly changing yet our dear and emeritus leaders constantly keep waving the flag of “EXPERIENCE”, but when in reality everything about their vision has a tag with “EXPIRED” on it.
Could fresh and contemporary ideas be a solution some of Africa’s woes? I would be careful to go that far. On the other hand I can affirm that we won’t know until we try.
IN CONTRAST …TAKE A LOOK at the recent trends of whom people all over the world are electing… I can safely say that it would certainly be less of a gamble should africa embark on that road…
Barrack Obama ( USA ) – age 48
David Cameron ( UK ) – age 43
Dimitri Medvedev ( Russia ) – age 45
Stephen Harper ( Canada ) – age 51
Julia Gillard ( Australia ) – age 49
Nicolas Sarkozy ( France ) – age 55
Luis Zapatero ( Spain ) – age 49
Jose Socrates ( Portugal ) – age 53
Angela Merkel ( Germany ) – age 56
Herman Van Rompuy ( Belgium ) – age 62
Average Age ===== 51.1 ~
Approximately 51 years
This isnt just a mere juxtaposition of birth certificates… This is a quantifiable means of assessing WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT. Wherever it is possible, the -vibrant, full of ideas, enthusiatic, ready to spend themselves – candidate is preferred for those very reasons.
The presidency is a job… not a career.
The presidency is a priviledge, ….not a right
The office is just that, THE PRESIDENCY – NOT THE PAPACY!