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Letter: All dictators promote their sons
Published on September 19, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un was promoted to general. When Il died his son Un succeeded him as leader.

In 1967, Gabon’s Omar Bongo became president. He found it impossible to give up political power. Whilst his people worked for less than $10 a day, he owned huge estates and houses in France. He pre-appointed his son Ali Bongo Ondimba as president through what some see as a rigged election. Along with his father, Ali changed his name in 1973, from Alain Bernard Bongo, when they both converted to Islam. Omar Bongo was president of Gabon from 1967 until his death in 2009. During his father's presidency, his son Ali Bongo was minister of foreign affairs from 1989 to 1991 and represented Bongoville as a deputy in the National Assembly from 1991 to 1999; subsequently he was minister of defence from 1999 to 2009. He was the candidate of the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) in the August 2009 presidential election, which followed his father's death. According to official results, he won the election with 42% of the vote. Bongo is also president of the PDG. The opposition and most of the world said it was a rigged election. Ali was trained as a lawyer at the Sorbonne, where he graduated with a PhD in law; he took up politics aged 35 yrs.

In 1967, Togo: Gen. Gnassingbe Eyadema, installed as military ruler in 1967, ruled Togo with a heavy hand for almost four decades. Despite the facade of multiparty elections instituted in the early 1990s, the government was largely dominated by President Eyadema, whose Rally of the Togolese People (RPT) party has maintained power almost continually since 1967 and maintains a majority of seats in today's legislature. Upon Eyadema's death in February 2005, the military installed the president's son, Faure Gnassangbe, and then engineered his formal election two months later. Togo had its first relatively free legislative elections in October 2007, after years of political unrest and fire from international organizations for human rights abuses.

Gnassingbé studied in Paris at the Sorbonne, where he received a degree in financial business management; he subsequently obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University in the United States. He was elected to the National Assembly of Togo in the October 2002 parliamentary elections as a deputy for Blitta, and in the National Assembly he was coordinator of the commission in charge of privatization. On July 29, 2003 he was appointed as minister of equipment, mines, posts, and telecommunications, serving in that position until becoming president in February 2005.

The opposition claimed that the amendment of the Constitution in December 2002, lowering the minimum age for the president from 45 years to 35 years, was done to benefit Gnassingbé. His appointment to the government in July 2003 came after he had already been appearing with his father at official functions and contributed to speculation that he was intended as his father's successor.

In 1969, Muammar Gaddafi came to power in Libya. He was a dictator from 1969 until 20 October 2011. For 42 years he ruled his country with an iron hand, jailing opposition members, restricting freedom of speech, assembly and limiting political activities in an attempt to stay in power for good. He frowned on any idea about democracy and consistently argued that democracy is foreign and un-African. His son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was seen as his father's intended successor.

From around 2006 to 2010, Saif al-Arab spent much of his time in Munich, where he was enrolled at the Technical University of Munich. On 30 April 2011, the Libyan government reported that Saif al-Arab and three of his young nieces and nephews were killed by a NATO airstrike on Col. Gaddafi's house during the Libyan civil war. During the beginning of the uprising, Saif al-Arab was put in charge of military forces by his father in order to put down protesters in Benghazi. Saif al-Arab was viewed as the most low-profile of Gaddafi's eight children.

What is interesting after Col. Gaddafi's death investigations showed that all of Gaddafi's children had bank accounts with more than a billion US dollars in them. As a supposed socialist society, the Libyan people needed little money, and in fact had little money; the Gaddafi's had it all.

In 1979: Obiang Nguema, Socialist Dictator of Equatorial Guinea, came to power after overthrowing his own uncle and executing him. He is still president today. He made it known he favours his son Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue to succeed him.

In 1979: José Eduardo Dos Santos, socialist dictator of Angola, took over power and began to rule. He is still president today. Dos Santos has earmarked his son to succeed him; he recently set aside about US$40 million from the presidency's budget for an initiative run by his son and daughter for promoting a positive image of Angola to the world.

Since 1982: Paul Biya of Cameroon has won every election in his oil rich but economically impoverished country. Biya has earmarked his son to succeed him as leader of the party.

Since 1986, Yoweri Museveni, socialist dictator of Uganda has ruled his country as his personal estate. In 2003 he had the presidential term limit set by the constitution abrogated so he could be president for life.

President Yoweri Museveni in 2012 made his son a Lt Col Kainerugaba Muhoozi, a one-star general and appointed him overall commander of the country's special forces, leading Ugandans to conclude that the son is being groomed to succeed his father.

The president's son, Lt Col Kainerugaba Muhoozi, has now been given control of the elite presidential guard.

The Ugandan presidency is a monarchical affair and the president is clearly anointing his son to succeed him.

Several of Mr Museveni's relatives hold senior positions in his administration. Cousins who are senators and his wife is a minister.

In 1979, Congo Brazzaville, president for the first time, Denis Sassou Nguesso, president and socialist Marxist dictator of Congo Brazzaville, has used every means just to stay in power. Denis Sassou Nguesso (born 23 November 1943) has been the president since 1997; he was previously president from 1979 to 1992. During his first period as president, he headed the single-party regime of the Labour Party (PCT) for 12 years. Under heavy pressure, he introduced multiparty politics in 1990 and was then stripped of executive powers by the 1991 National Conference, remaining in office as a ceremonial head of state. He stood as a candidate in the 1992 presidential but was defeated, placing third.

Sassou Nguesso was an opposition leader for five years before returning to power at the conclusion of the June-October 1997 civil war, in which his rebel forces ousted President Pascal Lissouba. Following a transitional period, he won the 2002 presidential election, which lacked meaningful opposition participation; he was again re-elected under controversial circumstances in the 2009 presidential election after most of his opponents turned up dead.

The president's son, also named Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso, is said to be being trained to succeed him.

In July 2007, British NGO Global Witness published documents on its website that appear to show that the president's son, Denis Christal Sassou Nguesso spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of money that may derive from the country's oil sales on shopping sprees in Paris and Dubai.

Since 1990: President Iddris Deby, dictator of Chad, earmarked his son Frank Biya to succeed him. His son General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno is in charge of a huge section of the army.

Since 1993: Isaias Afewerki is the first president and dictator of Eritrea, a position he has held ever since.

Eritreans in the Diaspora are discussing a report that Chinese bank-accounts hold millions of dollars of funds in the names of President Isaias Afewerki and his son, who is president in waiting.

In Kenya Mwai Kibaki refused to leave office after a humiliating defeat and had to resort to violence to keep himself in power; The eldest son of Kenya's controversial president, Mwai Kibaki, is entering politics in an apparent attempt to salvage his father's legacy after

Some Africans say the logic of violent removal of governments was correctly echoed by President Julius Nyerere who warned against the consequences of overstaying in power and stealing resources meant for the people.

First, these power hungry men are all mentally corrupt politicians who are unwilling to relinquish power despite their colossal failures. And, second, none of these leaders seem to have any good political, economic or social record. Their countries are deeply soaked in poverty. The one thing that links most all of these men, and even their sons, is the overall ability to lie to their people, whilst they get very, very rich.

One needs not look far to see how incompetence and monumental failures are now contributing to the demise of the Caribbean, the islands whilst swimming in rich natural habitat yet the people, the citizens, lack the basic necessities of life. Bal hospitals and medical care. Plenty of really bad education. Children begging to buy food. Political spite and malice against non-supporters.

The last thing that the Caribbean needs or wants are father-son dynasties; we must do our best to ensure that never happens

The good people of any nation are seriously affected by the morality of their rulers. Yet the wicked in any society love wicked rulers, for they promote and protect their sins.

Peter Binose.
The self appointed keeper of the whistle
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Peter Binose:

Since writeing this one more dynasty has been launched right here in Saint Vincent.


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