Three presidents of East African countries have given their subjects special New Year presents by offering to step down when their terms of office expire.
Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, in power for 20 years says he will step down when his term of office ends in 2024.
The same applies to Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza and Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli.
Kagame and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni are among Africa’s longest serving presidents. Musevenei has been in office for 34 years, three short of 37 by ousted Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe who came in 1980 and was forced out in a coup in 2017.
Kagame, who is serving a third terms said he wants to be replaced by a female president.
The decision by the three leaders is like a breadth of fresh air in a continent where presidents do not want to let go once they are elected into office.
Kagame is 62 and has won many hearts for his good work to improve the economy that had been destroyed by years of tribal clashes and corrupt leadership.