In the past historical books of Africa, resignations of Presidents or the Prime Ministers or even junior ministers were unheard off or difficult to believe in.
Many of the Presidents enjoyed their comfort zones of being leaders with endless rules. Many of them have amassed wealth kept in foreign banks. They mainly prolong their stay in power on grounds that the people still have them as the best choice.
This has in most cases led to untold suffering of the populace. The leaders who have overstayed in power, use their state machinery to suppress and cause deaths to the innocent civilians who protest against the collapsing economy, health and disrespect to democratic principles.
February 14 and 15 goes into the African historical books when President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma and Ethiopian Prime Minister resigned. First it was the renowned despotic leader of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, a darling to many in his country, resigned from pressure by the army.
So do these resignations elucidate some political maturity? It remains to be seen to other Presidents who are still clinging to power. Is it that the power of the once powerless is working as Hailemariam resigned following pressure from the protestors, Zuma resigned out of pressure from ANC and the electorates and Mugabe, pressure from Army and electorates?
The economies of the countries where there are uprisings are solely depending on donor countries. But these monies have ended with corruption. The taxpayers labour to pay the little penny they get to the government, but the outcome is miserable. Access to electricity, clean and safe water, their security, roads, health and education sectors remain in sorry state.
This explains why many of the family members of those in power mainly educate and access medical treatment in foreign countries and forget about providing better services to the taxpayers who die in these ill-equipped health facilities.
Congolese President still under pressure to resign. Above, former Presidents, Zuma and Mugabe who resigned.
The President of Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila is also under immense pressure to resign after his term of office expired a year ago.
In countries like Libya and Egypt, foreign interventions saw devastating effects on the countries where the leaders were deposed by force. The long serving President, Muammar Gadafi was killed and former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak is still jailed.
As a result, protests have continued and several people have been killed and opposition politicians arrested and jailed. Can the African Presidents value the lives of the citizens they serve instead of having their selfish interests?
Who will be the next African President or Prime Minister to resign in 2018? The world is watching.