Zimbabweans hit the streets today to demand the exit of 93-year-old Robert Mugabe who has ruled the country for 37 years.
They displaced placards and banners demanding an end to the Mugabe rule.
Hilariously, another “long serving leader”, this time around in football, was asked to go. He is Arsene Wenger.
A “WengerOut” banner was spotted during the anti-Mugabe protest on Saturday, signalling that Africans are tired of “long serving leaderships”.
Arsene Wenger is currently the longest serving manager in the English Premer League, having been in charge of Arsenal since 1996. He has been under intense pressure to quit the club after more than a decade without the Premiership title.
If things were different, the funny protesters would probably have marched against the likes of St. John Paul the Great who headed the Catholic Church for 27 years (1978 – 2005) and Sir Alex Ferguson who managed Manchester United also for 27 years (1986-2013).
In the meantime, some long serving leaders in Africa are watching the Zimbabwe situation with just an eye with the other eye on every move army generals in their countries make. They include: Paul Biya of Cameroon (32), Yoweri Museveni of Uganda (30), Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola (36), Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea (36), Omar al-Bashir of Sudan (26), Idriss Deby of Chad (25) and Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville (31).
Recall that the Arab Spring which spread through the Maghreb region between 2012 and 2013, consumed Hosni Mubarak of Egypt (23), Zine al-Abideen Ben Ali of Tunisia (29) and Muammar al-Gaddafi of Libya (42).