Many African countries have unnecessary bigger governments made of cronies of their nugatory rulers as the way of repaying political favours. Aloof personal greedy and carbuncular constitutions, many parliaments are but rubber stamps when it comes to keep rulers on tenterhooks. Instead of keeping them honest, in some countries, they’re acting as the part of the executive!
This coupled with inducements like being appointed in boards of various government firms, it becomes difficult for them to connect the dots as far as mega corruption is concerned. And thereof fail to keep tabs on them. Though some parliaments have tried to squarely it with bad governance, never have all African parliaments freed themselves from this hooliganism though.
Whilst this goes on in Africa, a war-torn country of Afghanistan has made an indelible mark on democracy.
It recently came to light that parliament unanimously turned down 17 out of President Hamid Karzai’s 24 nominees for his cabinet. Instead of seeing a conga-line of MPs supporting president’s choice, the world evidenced the same reject the president’s sacred cows! What a precedent for Africa to ape!
Though it does not amount to it, this reminds me what happened in Britain in 1642 when the parliament under Oliver Cromwell, toppled King Charles whom they later hanged after he tried to usurp power as opposed to Magna Carta. Shall what transpired in Afghanistan been well taken, Africa apart from facing this challenge, has a way forth.
This is a break through for struggling Afghanistan compared to Africa that is hijacked by dictators, thieves and their stooges. Parliaments in Niger, Senegal and Uganda were used to amend the constitutions in order to let their dictators remain in power. In Zimbabwe, the tyrant is still in power thanks to the support by parliament. In the Gambia, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea and other countries the situation is the same. Parliaments are used as napkins by hoity toitty to clean their mess for the peril of hoi polloi.