Thursday, January 25, 2018

Retirement life of 10 Former African Presidents After Leaving Office

  Xpresstz       Thursday, January 25, 2018
In the wake of leaving the most vital office in their countries, one may consider what some of Africa's ex-presidents, particularly the current graduated class, have been doing? A couple, clearly, have plans of returning to governmental issues, however for others, nothing objective is on their psyches. There are similarly boundless open entryways for these past African pioneers and various have begun abusing them.
Here are 10 past African leaders and what they are doing after leaving office.


Jerry Rawlings – Ghana
Ghana's previous president, who is as of now centered around composing his journals, is all inclusive respected for his patriotism, appeal, and his hostile to debasement beliefs. He remains politically dynamic both locally and universally. Not very long in the wake of leaving office in 2001, Rawlings volunteered time and was submitted as an Eminent Person for the United Nations International Year of Volunteers 2001. He connected with himself in the battle to contain HIV/AIDS in different African nations including Botswana, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Swaziland and Tanzania. In October 2010, the African Union delegated Jerry John Rawlings as the AU High Representative to Somalia to "prepare the landmass and whatever is left of the universal group to completely accept its obligations and contribute all the more effectively to the journey for peace, security and compromise in Somalia." The 70-year-old is as yet instrumental in Ghana's social equity, political and financial advancement.

Joyce Banda – Malawi
Malawi's first female president and the main second lady to lead a nation in Africa assumed control following the passing of 78-year-old President Bingu wa Mutharika, who kicked the bucket in office. Banda has not been in her nation since 2014 when she lost her re-race offer. Numerous have ascribed this to endeavor by her rivals to ensnare her in a multimillion-pound "Cashgate" defilement embarrassment.

The previous Malawian president is currently an individual from Club de Madrid, a gathering of previous presidents and head administrators who proceed to help and cultivate equitable esteems and authority. She has, fundamentally, backpedaled to her lobbyist roots, and this is the thing that she has been seeking after since she cleared out power.
John Kufuor – Ghana

The previous pioneer who represented Ghana from 2001 – 2008, is right now the primary Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) at Tarkwa in the Western Region. He had, before this arrangement been occupied with a few global talking engagements. In 2009, Kufuor contributed his mastery to the SNV Netherlands Development Organization's neediness decrease work. The Freemasons part, in September 2009, talked in the Netherlands at a Dutch government occasion to check '60 years of improvement help' at the welcome of Dutch Minister Bert Koenders. On 20 September 2011, he introduced the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation with a function for the JAK Center for Leadership, Governance and Development at the University of Ghana. Kufuor has, since November 2011, been the main abnormal state Chair of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) association.

Olusegun Obasanjo – Nigeria
Even after 10 years of stepping down, many are still concerned about what the former Nigerian leader has been doing. This is because the 80-year-old still divides opinion in the country and continues to enjoy significant influence within the politics of the country. For instance, as the country approaches the 2019 elections, many have already been questioning who Obasanjo will support. But the former leader who has intervened in elections in Zimbabwe, and in the release of some of the Chibok girls who were kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram, recently took to writing and publishing. His recent book, Making Africa Work, describes itself as “a guide to improving Africa’s capacity for economic growth and job creation”. Co-written with Greg Mills, Jeffrey Herbst and Dickie Davis, it also talks about various political and economic challenges facing the continent. He recently graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the National Open University of Nigeria.

Jos̩ Eduardo dos Santos РAngola
After staying in power for 38 years, the former Angolan leader stepped down in August 2017. Even though it is not certain what he is doing now, many, however, believe that he would be taking care of his family business. What is known to all and sundry is that dos Santos would continue as president of the MPLA until at least 2021. This grants him considerable powers, including power to choose parliamentary candidates. What is also known is that dos Santos will still exercise control in matters of national security in Angola, following parliament’s decision to pass a legislation safeguarding dos Santos’ picks at the head of the defence and intelligence services.

Mugabe, who had been president of Zimbabwe since 1980 resigned from office in November 2017 to avoid being impeached after what can be described as a military coup. At age 93, many have been wondering what the former leader could do after stepping down. His aide, however, told The Times that Mugabe plans writing his memoirs and to go into a dairy business with his wife. The aid further disclosed that a university may be established in his name.

Yahya Jammeh – The Gambia
The former Gambian leader who ruled the West African country for 22 years, ceded power to current President Adama Barrow in January 2017. Right after flowing out to Equatorial Guinea, where he is in exile, speculations were rife that he could take to farming just like his other former colleagues. This was followed by pictures of him on a farm in the Central African country clearing the land. He was seen walking, weeding and observing the farm. It is, however unclear if he would go back to full-time farming and what type of farming he would venture into.

Thabo Mbeki – South Africa
The previous leader of South Africa consented to advance down after the nation's decision party formally asked for his acquiescence over claims that he abused his energy. He is at present the Chairperson of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan, which has the undertaking of encouraging the finish of the contention in the Republic of Sudan. The 76-year-old likewise heads the AU-UN High-Level Delegation on Illicit Financial Outflows from Africa. Mr Mbeki has before this encouraged peace transactions in different African nations, including Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He set up the Thabo Mbeki Foundation in 2010, of which he is the Patron. One of the Foundation's leader ventures is the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute(TMALI), an organization with the University of South Africa. Mbeki is additionally the Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA), a position to which he was introduced in February 2017.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, addresses the 2008 United Methodist General Conference on April 29 in Fort Worth, Texas. Sirleaf is a United Methodist and the first female head of state in Africa. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #GC0380. April 29, 2008.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Liberia
The previous Liberian pioneer, before giving over to the present president George Weah in January 2018 expressed that she would step far from nearby governmental issues after the handover. The 78-year-old previous joint Nobel Peace Prize laureate disclosed to South Africa's Mail and Guardian in a meeting that she intends to get into addressing, cultivating and perusing. She additionally showed that she was thinking about an offer of a cooperation from the Georgetown University in the United States "to ensure I remain alarm, mentally caution, professionally caution." Even however Sirleaf has plans to backpedal to cultivating, she is likewise wanting to peruse and rest more. Her remarks ought to maybe give one and all a thought with respect to what she will be up to now.

Jakaya Kikwete – Tanzania
The 66-year-old served as president between December 2005 and November 2015 before handing over power to the current president, John Pombe Magufuli.
He has currently taken to farming. In a recent Twitter post, the former Tanzanian leader said he is enjoying quality time with his family, cattle and farm. Kikwete was in 2016 appointed the AU’s (Africa Union) Special Representative to Libya. He recently had a meeting with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to talk about the future of the North African country after the violent overthrow of the former leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
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