Democracy before democracy in Africa

Alemayehu G. Mariam

, by Pambazuka

Since the dawn of African independence from colonialism in the early 1960s, African liberation leaders and founding fathers qua dictators, military junta and ‘new breed’ leaders have sought to justify the one-man, one-party state and avoid genuine multiparty democracy by fabricating a blend of self-serving arguments. These arguments converge on the notion that in Africa there is a democracy before democracy.