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Africa's Best and Worst Presidents

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Africa�s Best and Worst Presidents seeks to deconstruct the current superstructure that colonialism created and maintains. It chastises and challenges Africans, academics in the main, to revisit and write a true history of Africa. Written by Africans themselves, such rewritten histories should aim to counter the counterfeit narratives which have proliferated, poisoned and diminished African sense of self and self-confidence. The history centred on African perspectives and experiences should go a long way in our quest to truly unfetter Africa from dependency, desolations and mismanagement. This book calls upon all Africans to stand up fearlessly and tirelessly to take on decadent and despotic regimes that have always held Africa at ransom as they get lessons from the best managers of state affairs on whose feats they must expand. The option to critique, cross-examine and dissect past African presidents and their excesses is aimed at giving the young and frustrated generations of Africans the intellectual resources they need to arm themselves in resolve and pursuit of Africa�s emancipation.

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AFRICA’S BEST and WORST PRESIDENTS:How Neocolonialism and Imperialism Maintained Venal Rules in Africa
Nkwazi Nkuzi Mhango
AFRICA’S BEST & WORST PRESIDENTS: How Neocolonialism & Imperialism Maintained Venal Rules in Africa
Nkwazi Nkuzi Mhango
L a ng a a R esea rch & P u blishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher:LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Langaagrp@gmail.comwww.langaa-rpcig.net Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookscollective.com
ISBN: 978-9956-764-72-3 ©Nkwazi Nkuzi Mhango 2016All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying and recording, or be stored in any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher
Table of Contents List of Figures…………………………………………….. v List of Abbreviations……………………………………… ix Preface……………………………………………………...xi Acknowledgments………………………………………… xxv Chapter 1: Lumumba the Martyr Who Defined Africa…………………………………………….. 1 Chapter 2: The Juggernaut of African Union……………. 19 Chapter 3: Nyerere the Philosopher King Who Shook the West……………………………………… 37 Chapter 4: Samora the Hero Who Died Mysteriously………………………………………………. 57 Chapter 5: Kaunda the humanist Per se…………………. 73 Chapter 6: Balewa the Symbol of National Unity…………………………………………….. 85 Chapter 7: Ahidjo Unsung Hero…………………………. 93 Chapter 8: Senghor the Debatable Philosopher…………. 99 Chapter 9: Mandela the Peace Maker-cum- réconciliateur……………………………….. 111 Chapter 10: De Klerk the Risk Taker who pulled Apartheid down……………………………….125 Chapter 11: Khama the True Democrat who negotiated best deals…………………………………137 Chapter 12: Jawara the Unionist and Moderate Democrat………………………………………. 145 iii
Chapter 13: Sankara, Another Martyr who promised a lot for Africa………………………………….. 155 Chapter 14: Magufuli the Palooka But a Bulldozer Who Promises a Lot…………………………. 173 Chapter 15: Kenyatta the Land Grabber Who Got Away with Murder……………………………… 181 Chapter 16: Mobutu the Monster who ruined the DRC…………………………………………… 195 Chapter 17: Bokassa a Stupid and Vampiric “Emperor”………………………………………217 Chapter 18: Bongo the Turncoat that influenced France…………………………………………. 229 Chapter 19: Amin a Bumbling Buffoon Cloned……………………………………………………... 239 Chapter 20: Boigny a Ruthless and Mystique Crocodile……………………………………….. 251 Chapter 21: Mugabe a Hero who became a Villain…………………………………………... 265 Chapter 22: Moi a Blind Follower who Brutalised Kenya………………………………………….. 281 Chapter 23: Hijacked Democracy as the Cause of African Political Systemic Failure……………... 297 Chapter 24: Conclusion: Poverty Is not an Accident……. 309 References…………………………………………………. 218 iv
List of Figures Figure 1 Some African Presidents (image courtesy of Thabo Mbeki blog) cover Figure 2 P.E. Lumumba DRC's 1st PM (image courtesy of Kalangu Voices of Africa)……………….. 1 Figure 3 Kwame Nkrumah Ghana’s 1st President (image courtesy of Anti-Imperialism.Com)………………….. 19 Figure 4 Julius K .Nyerere Tanzania’s 1st President (image courtesy of Ippmedia.com)………………... 37 Figure 5 Nyerere punishing Kikwete after Mkapa (image courtesy of Daily Nation)……………………. 56 Figure 6 Samora M. Machel Mozambique's 1st President (image courtesy of free encyclopaedia)………... 57 Figure 7 Botha and Machel's caricature (image courtesy of mozambiquehistory.net)………………… 71 Figure 8 Kenneth D. Kaunda Zambia's 1st President (image courtesy of BBC)………………………….. 73 Figure 9 Sir Abubakar T. Balewa Nigeria's 1st PM (image courtesy of BBC)………………………………... 85 Figure 10 Ahmadou B. Ahidjo Cameroon's 1st President (image courtesy of BBC Afrique)………………93 Figure 11 Leopold S. Senghor Senegal's 1st President (image courtesy of AFP)……………………………………..99 Figure 12 Nelson L. Mandela South Africa's 1 st President (image courtesy of Global Research)…………. 111 v
Figure 13 FW.de Klerk South Africa's last Apartheid President (image courtesy of eNCA)……………... 125 Figure 14 Sir Seretse GM. Khama Botswana 1st President (image courtesy of youtube)…………………....137 Figure 15 Sir Dawda K. Jawara Gambia's 1st President (image courtesy of BBC)……………………… 145 Figure 16 Thomas I. Sankara Burkinabe revolutionary President (image Dail Mail)……………………155 Figure 17 Dr. John P. Magufuli Tanzania's 5th President who poses to change the country (image courtesy of allafrica.com)……………………………. 173 Figure 18 Jomo Kenyatta Kenya's 1st President (image courtesy of Swahili hub)……………………………... 181 Figure 19 Joseph D. Mobutu DRC's kleptocratic President (image courtesy of RDA)………………………… 195 Figure 20 Gbadolite's ruins (image courtesy of Le Congolais)…………………………… 216 Figure 21 Mobutu's relics (image source Concorde)…………………………………….216 Figure 22 Jean B .Bokassa CAR's 2nd President (image the courtesy of BBC)………………………………... 217 Figure 23 Cathederale Notre-Dame of Our Lady Immaculate Bangui (image courtesy of american.pink)……… 226 Figure 24 (image courtesy of amazon))……………....……… 227 Figure 25 Omar Bongo Gabon's corrupt president (image courtesy of AFP)……………………………………. 229 vi
Figure 26 Bongo's caricuture (image courtesy of MAGIXL)………………………………. 237 Figure 27 Idi Amin, Uganda's brutal President (image courtesy of AP)……………………………………… 239 Figure 28 Amin's caricature (image courtesy of everysparrowfall)…………..……………. 249 Figure 29 Felix Houphouet-Boigny Ivorian 1st President (image courtesy of AFP)………………………….. 251 Figure 30: Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe long-time President (image courtesy of Mail & Guardian)……………... 265 Figure 31: Mugabe's caricature (image courtesy new Rhodesian)……………………………. 280 Figure 32: Daniel arap Moi Kenya's 2nd President (image courtesy of AP)……………………………………… 281 Figure 33: Moi's caricature (image courtesy of economist.com)…………………………. 296 Figure 34: How Africa is robbed by the West and others (image courtesy of pinterest.com)…………. 297 Figure 35: African manmade poverty (image courtesy of poorpeoplequotes.blogspot.com)………... 309 Figure 36: The way an African (Nkwazi Mhango) looks at Africa (image courtesy of Ippmedia)………………...326
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List of Abbreviations
AIDS–Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome ANC–African National Congress AU–African Unity BDP–Botswana Democratic Party BoT–Bank of Tanzania CAR–Central African Republic CBC–Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CCM –Chama Cha MapinduziCEO–Chief Executive Officer CIA–Central Intelligence Agency CNN–Cable News Network CNU–Cameroonian National Union COD–Coordination of Democratic Opposition CONAKAT–Confédération des Associations Tribales du KatangaDP–Democratic Party DRC–Democratic Republic of Congo DSP–DivisionSpeciale PresidentielleFLS–Frontline States FRELIMO–Frente de Libertação de Moçambique or Mozambique Liberation Front GM–General Manager GNP–Gross National Product GOB–Government of Botswana GOU–Government of Uganda HIV–Human Immunodeficiency Virus IDP–Internally Displaced Person IFI–International Financial Institutions IMF–International Monetary Fund IPS–Inter Press Service KADU–Kenya Democratic Union KANU–Kenya African National Union KAR–King’s African Rifles KCA–Kikuyu Central Association LSE–London School of Economics MCP–Malawi Congress Party
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