n AfricaGrowth Agenda - Military coups have no place in Africa's development - : editorial

Volume 2013, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1811-5187


Since 1960, more than 30 countries in Africa went through military "governments" of some form. Sadly, military coups have no meaningful economic or social benefits to the citizens of a country. More often, the coup leaders are idealists who promise the people manna from heaven but end up destroying the very countries that they pledged to protect. Coup leader are not different from civilian dictators. The only main difference between the two is that a coup leader is a dictator who uses the power of the gun and brute force to suppress his people. In the end, if not removed from office, a coup leader will eventually become the ultimate dictator once he understands the basics of running an economy. Military coups impact on four key attributes that are key to promoting growth and prosperity in a country. These are (a) investment (b) capacity building (c) intellectuals and professionals migration and (d) innovation and entrepreneurship.

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