Hundreds of protesters gathered at the intersection of 23rd and E street in North West Washington DC to protest against some African leaders whose style of leadership leave much to be desired. There were groups of Africans from different countries protesting a number of diverse issues ranging from corrupt and incompetent governance, human rights, economic decline and mismanagement, poverty and many others.
Among the protestors were Congolese who were calling for the end of President Kabila’s regime, Burkinabe’s who felt there is a time for change of leadership as President President Blaise Compaoré was making efforts to introduce a bill that would allow him to run for another term in office, Gambians appalled at President Yahya Jammeh’s human rights record and Ghanaians who constituted the bulk of the protestors demonstrating against corrupt and incompetent governance by President Mahama.
Inspite of the high security network put in place the protestors made their case carrying placards some of which read, “Corruption is a national canker”, “Corruption kills “. They sang patriotic songs amidst drumming and positioned themselves along the route the Presidents were likely to use to exit the state department where the various leaders were meeting.