It’s not only the State presidents who are power drunk in Africa—whoever is in charge of a money making machine down here on the continent seems to want to stay in charge of operation forever.
And this is exactly what we think the current CAF president-Issa Hayatou has succeeded in doing, which will enable him to stay in power till he dies.
What at all has our leaders become? The previous CAF rule made it impossible for any official past 70 years to stay in office and with the current president-Issa Hayatou having turned 68 (near to the limit), the association has abolished that rule.
This is not just a coincidence—we think!
“The Confederation of African Football voted on Tuesday to remove an age limit on its officials, paving the way for Issa Hayatou to stay on as president.
All 54 countries at the organisation’s congress in Cairo agreed to change the statutes which previously stopped officials serving past the age of 70.
It was proposed Caf should bring its rules in line with those of world football’s governing body Fifa.
Hayatou, 68, will now be able to stand for another term in office in 2017.
His current mandate ends in two years and he is seeking four more years until at least 2021, when he turns 75.
The rule change follows success in recent years in adapting the statutes to limit potential opponents to Hayatou’s rule.
Caf previously brought in a rule that candidates for its presidency can only come from the ranks of its own executive committee, a tight-knit club closely controlled by Hayatou. Fifa does not have the same restriction.
Cameroon-born Hayatou, a former athletics official, is the longest serving senior member in Fifa structures, where he acts as vice-president, and has had few serious challengers for power in Africa since first winning election in 1988.”