“Should good presidents (in the Great Lakes Region) be allowed to stay
longer than the constitution allows them to?”
Uganda has in the last decades seen stability in terms of peace, development
and the economy. It has also seen 31 years of being ruled by president
In the past 25 years Rwanda has grown to become a model state in
Central Africa in terms of peace, stability, development and economic growth.
Much international and national praise is given to the current sitting president
Paul Kagame, who has already served his two terms yet continues to stay in
office due to the recent amendment of the constitution. Accordingly, he may
continue to be in office until 2034. Similarly, Nkurunziza after serving his terms
of 10 years, run for a controversial third term. As it stands he may well remain
in power until 2034 as consequence of the constitutional amendments that
were made in 2018.
Joseph Kabila, president of the DRC, after sitting his
terms of 15 years, postponed the presidential elections for 2 years, while he
continued to govern as president. It seems that within this region sitting
presidents who overstay and remain in power for decades seems to rather be
the norm than the exception.
While all these presidents and their governments can be credited with bringing
development, peace and stability within their countries in varying degrees,
often these presidencies are also criticized as undemocratic. This raises several
questions: Should good presidents be allowed to stay longer in office and what
makes a ‘good’ president?
28th JUNE 2019
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ADDRESS : In Het Koorenhuis – Prinsegracht 27
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