By Chuka Onwumechili
Onwumechili offers an exhilarating viewpoint on African army coups and reminds us that democracy isn't synonymous exclusively with Western societies. He examines democracies in conventional Africa and indicates how those socieites sincerely outlined and constrained the jobs of conventional African armies.From this historical past, Onwumechili makes readers savour that smooth African armies are deviant associations, without roots in conventional Africa. relatively, he argues, one has to hunt these roots in Africa's fresh, colonial historical past. Dr. Onwumechili is going directly to describe the explanations for coups and their strategies. ultimately, he examines how army coups should be avoided. whereas past options have principally failed, Onwumechili presents convincing recommendations in accordance with case stories.
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The acrimony between Chiluba and Kaunda may have risen to a more dangerous level after a military coup attempt on 28 October 1997, when Chiluba African Democratization and Military Coups 32 accused Kaunda of instigating the coup. 11 On 28 October 1997, Captain Stephen Lungu, identifying himself as "Captain Solo," announced the coup after he briefly seized the Zambian Mass Media Complex, which houses the Zambian National Radio and Television. Kaunda was outside the country at this time but he was immediately detained upon his return to Zambia.
They could only debate and ask questions but the colonial master still autocratically made the decisions. Invariably, the years of autocratic colonial rule left their mark on several independent African states. Some adopted one-party autocracy where citizen voting was turned into a farce that was used to justify the maintenance of power by the ruling party leader. Many of these governments were steeply corrupt while the citizens were left in abject poverty. Justifiably, it was the distress felt by the citizens that culminated in the early post-independence wave of military coups.
Before May 1997, the Sierra Leonian military had delayed democracy with an earlier coup, which kept military Captain Valentine Strasser as head of state for four years. In fact, it took another military coup led by General Julius Maada Bio in January of 1996 to ensure that the March 1996 elections stayed on schedule. The 1991 constitution was used as the framework for the implementation of democracy under Kabbah. The democracy under Kabbah faced numerous problems including concerns with tolerance.
African Democratization and Military Coups by Chuka Onwumechili