African Democratization and Military Coups by Chuka Onwumechili

By Chuka Onwumechili

Onwumechili offers an exhilarating viewpoint on African army coups and reminds us that democracy isn't synonymous exclusively with Western societies. He examines democracies in conventional Africa and indicates how those socieites essentially outlined and restricted the jobs of conventional African armies.From this historical past, Onwumechili makes readers take pleasure in that glossy African armies are deviant associations, with out roots in conventional Africa. fairly, he argues, one has to hunt these roots in Africa's fresh, colonial historical past. Dr. Onwumechili is going directly to describe the explanations for coups and their strategies. eventually, he examines how army coups will be avoided. whereas past options have mostly failed, Onwumechili presents convincing recommendations in keeping with case experiences.

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African Democratization and Military Coups

Onwumechili presents a thrilling viewpoint on African army coups and reminds us that democracy isn't synonymous exclusively with Western societies. He examines democracies in conventional Africa and exhibits how those socieites in actual fact outlined and constrained the jobs of conventional African armies. From this heritage, Onwumechili makes readers delight in that glossy African armies are deviant associations, with out roots in conventional Africa.

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The acrimony between Chiluba and Kaunda may have risen to a more dangerous level after a military coup attempt on 28 October 1997, when Chiluba African Democratization and Military Coups 32 accused Kaunda of instigating the coup. 11 On 28 October 1997, Captain Stephen Lungu, identifying himself as "Captain Solo," announced the coup after he briefly seized the Zambian Mass Media Complex, which houses the Zambian National Radio and Television. Kaunda was outside the country at this time but he was immediately detained upon his return to Zambia.

Several clashes between Ratsikara and Mr. Zafy's supporters followed Zafy's 1993 election victory. The constitution provides for consolidation of democracy through an independent judiciary andfreedomof the press but implementation of constitutional provisions has been slow. A senate was not elected until 1995, and departmental and regional elections have been also delayed. The judiciary's independence is only in theory because there is belief in the widespread corruption of the judiciary. Also, there have been reports of violence against journalists even though the press is widely free.

Civil strife followed, particularly in the hinterland of Sierra Leone before the May 1997 coup led by 34 African Democratization and Military Coups Major J. P. Koromah. Koromah's coup was unpopular both within and outside Sierra Leone. Sanctions were imposed against Sierra Leone before the West African military force (ECOMOG) to forcibly removed the coup plotters and returned Kabbah's government to power. The selective analyses of the status of democracy in African countries were meant to demonstrate that the establishment of democracy in various African states has not stopped the threat of military coups.

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