Some of them we love for their bravery, commitment to their people and altruism. The national development and patriotism which characterises their rule does only wonders for the countries they lead. But some of top 10 longest serving African presidents have long overstayed their welcome. They plunder much-needed resources from their countries while the populace starves and the national coffers run on deficits.
In the lists of the world’s 20 longest serving leaders who are still in power, Africa boasts 10. 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 (35 years)
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. He sat is Chairman in the council in the same year when his uncle was convicted and executed for crimes including mass murder, genocide, embezzlement of public funds and treason.
It wasn’t until 1982 that he officially became sworn in as president.