High-profile resignations in Africa: Is it really for good of people?

Stability is currently a prized characteristic of African governmentality: it has become the desirable state-of-being for African governments to exist in, prized by foreign governments, aid organisations, multilateral agencies and wealthy corporations.

South African general election, 2009 — [Representational image]

In the last four months, something rather unprecedented has happened in African politics: three African heads of state have resigned. What are we to make of this? Are African leaders, and the political elite, becoming more accountable to their electorate or voices of the opposition? Or are the mechanisms of civil society that work in tandem with the functioning of a plural democracy — the media, citizens groups, pressure groups — getting more vocal?

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