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Danger in Embracing Another of Africa's Visionary Leaders

Friday, Aug. 22, 2008

Moments of candor from sub-Saharan African politicians are rare, but they do occur. Near the end of 2005, Eriya Kategaya, then a former cabinet minister in Uganda, criticized the role of Western donors in supporting the personal rule of leaders like Yoweri Museveni. "Hinging the destiny of a country to an individual is absolutely not correct," he said.

Granted, Kategaya, once again a cabinet minister, delivered his lament while temporarily ejected from Uganda's ruling party for opposing Museveni's push to erase presidential term limits. But that should not blunt his analysis. ...

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