Many countries throughout the world have had issues with corruption in the government. Unfortunately, it is sad to say that corrupt leaders of Africa have been around for many turbulent centuries. Today, we see that things are slowly changing towards a better record but it is at a snail’s pace.
Many African leaders are becoming increasingly democratic and trying to produce significant progress by liberalizing and stabilizing the political environment. They are becoming more accountable to the residents of the country and they also understand the importance of showing respect for civil liberties and human rights.
There are however still a few countries in Africa where the people continue to suffer from corrupt leaders of Africa. One of these countries is Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is run by a man named Mugabe. There are many Zimbabweans who believe that this man is doing a good job. These are the people who are suitably rewarded by him for carrying out his various nefarious activities. By the same token there are many who hate and despise him and, indeed fear him.
For many years there were severe food shortages that were fueled by Mugabe’s seizing of commercial farms owned by white farmers. These land seizures were carried out with scant regard to the rights of the land owners and the resident farm workers.
For example, the ever present problem of vast unemployment has never been dealt with. Even though the country has a high literacy rate this does not translate into job opportunities for the residents. Zimbabwe has one of the highest sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rates that now stands at over 60%. South Africa bears the brunt of this with some 3 million political and economic refugees who have tried to make it their home.
Recently, Mugabe’s ruling party has entered into an agreement with the former opposition party implying that they will share power. This agreement is called the Movement for Democratic Change. Nevertheless, the truth of the matter is that the control over government institutions is still totally under Mugabe’s direction. He is able to accomplish us by using subjugation and violence. He continues to resist any substantial political sharing of powers with the Movement for Democratic Change.
Civil liberties abuses and human rights exploitation still exist throughout this country. Mugabe is now 87 years old and he continues to maintain that he will not step down from his role as president even though he has been the ruler for over 24 years. Upcoming elections are expected to favor his continuation as president because these elections are fraudulent as many of the other previous elections have been.
This is the story of just one ruler who has taken advantage of his position and power. He has funneled millions of dollars into his own private account while neglecting the basic necessities for many of his people. It is true that many parts in Africa are slowly changing in regards to better human rights and civil liberties but it seems that there still remains some major changes to be done in certain countries.