Back in January The Guardian published an article on how Uganda’s president epitomises Africa’s perceived democratic deficit. With Uganda’s presidential elections coming up this week, I’d like to remind you of a very important fact that Museveni himself opined back in 1986: political leaders that overstay their welcome are the root of Africa’s problems.

For me, the logical consequence is the following: democratic societies foster new ideas and innovation and vice versa. Many African countries are hampered by their political elite because their ideas – that used to be innovative and new – in the past decades have become outdated and old.

So by supporting new and innovative ideas not only will Africa’s economy grow, but at the same time the democratic deficit will be reduced. This being said, I’m intrigued to see, what next Thursday’s election will hold for Uganda.

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