Chissano: 2-term limits not enough for African leaders

Cape Town – Former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano says two-term limits are too short for African leaders to implement their policies and ideas.

According to, Chissano who was addressing a SADC lawyers' forum in Victoria Falls, said he did not subscribe to two-term limits for African leaders.

He however, said the leaders should not stay "more than enough".

Chissano was elected president of Mozambique in 1986 following the death of Samora Machel in a plane crash. He subsequently won the first multi-party elections held in 1994 before winning re-election in 1999.

He however, voluntarily decided not to stand in the 2004 elections.

Democracy and good governance

Presidential term limits, most often two terms, are a common feature of democratic constitutions adopted in Africa in the 1990s. However, not all politicians subscribe to the importance of a two-term presidency, according to Africa

Chissano urged the SADC Lawyers Association to support their governments in promoting rule of law, democracy and good governance through drafting relevant model laws.

According to The Herald, Chissano cited several declarations adopted by African States in their quest to ensure the rule of law, democracy and good government, saying the implementation was still the biggest challenge.

The report comes at a time Zimbabwean's Robert Mugabe continues to cling to power despite having ruled the country for more than three decades.

Mugabe, 90, who has led Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, won the country's elections last year and seems ready to contest the next polls in 2018.

Louis Van Den Elst 2014/08/25 11:58:00 AM
.? Mugabe had 4 terms and achieved nothing the country has gone backwards and has nothing to do with sanctions by the west Greed and more greed overruled logic and what should have happened. To grow the country ?
Had Enuf 2014/08/25 11:58:29 AM
What, is two terms not enough to fill your Swiss bank accounts ?
Henk Tredoux 2014/08/25 12:05:52 PM
Yes they are a bit slow.....
Andrew MacDonald 2014/08/25 12:07:55 PM
chissano wants to run again? 18 years was not enough for him clearly.
Cassava Undersiege 2014/08/25 12:25:00 PM
2 terms is a long period,even one term I think is okay.
proudlysa 2014/08/25 12:40:56 PM
Africa "leaders" need a long time in office to steal as much as possible and cover their tracks (Does Mugabe ring a bell?). Come on - worldwide 2 terms is seen as the norm. Thank heavens Zuma can't have another term.
Grant Davis 2014/08/25 12:58:04 PM
if you cant get your policies done in 10 years you were the wrong choice to begin with
Menzi Mnandi Phewa 2014/08/25 01:00:46 PM
nonsense long terms lead to dictatorships
Gregory Jaftha 2014/08/25 01:08:09 PM
What a load of hoggwash,just an excuse for some leaders to become dictators like the mugabe's,and I'm sure Zuma would love to run this country into the drain till the day he dies
Velile Gladman Dayimani 2014/08/25 01:20:31 PM
Stupid idiot.