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Reincarnation of winds of change in Africa: an African Union impotence?

Ernest P Ababio
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 7, No 2 | a243 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v7i2.243 | © 2011 Ernest P Ababio | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 March 2016 | Published: 31 December 2011

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Ernest P Ababio, Public Management and Administration, North-West University (Vaal), South Africa

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The emergence of African states as independent by 1970 had brought hope and expectations to nationals that the winds of change were to be equated with good life and freedom. Yet, no sooner had political freedom been gained than expectations turned elusive. The causes were bad political governance that soon burdened many states, military interventions of one-party states, abuse of rule of law, mass corruption and nations disintegrating. Also, the quest for freedom and dignity was not helped by a continental union that focused solely on political liberation of Africa and ignored any concerted effort towards integration and promotion of socio-economic lives of people.

This article examines the political tremors that had engulfed some states in Africa and the resultant intervention by foreign powers. It is argued, that a major cause of the political ruffle in Tunisia, the Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt and Libya had been the inability of the African Union to be pro-active in enforcing norms of good governance among member-states through its inspecting agency, the African Peer Review. The apparent political paralysis is therefore a function of an African Union impotence that needs to be resolved Underlying the tremors are issues of democracy, good governance, and public service reform for which a theoretical discourse is engaged.

Keywords: African Union, democracy, governance, revolution, impotence. APRM, civil war

Disciplines: Public Management, African Studies, Political Studies


African Union; democracy; governance; revolution; impotence. APRM; civil war


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