Politicians should be fair and objective; and should be dedicated to serve the society. They should be accountable for their actions. They need to think globally and act locally.
Politics has become a very lucrative career. Some political leaders are not only powerful, but also rich. Today’s African political leaders make plenty of money in a continent where many live below $2 per day.
Here are the top 15 highest paid African presidents. These reflect just their base salary.
15) Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon (R900,000 per year)
Ali Bongo Ondimba has been the President of Gabon since October 2009. His annual income is R900,000.
This resource-rich Gabon is the fifth largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa and is the sixth most developed African nation. The nation’s HDI has improved in recent years and the president is working towards diversifying the economy, creating jobs, building capacities and introducing social safety nets.
14) Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia (R900,000 per year)
Edgar Chagwa Lungu is a Zambian politician who has been the President of Zambia since January 2015. In Zambia, the annual presidential compensation is K523,340 million, which includes a compensation of K414,406 million and an allowance of K108,934 million which amounts to R900,000M.
13) José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola (R973,000 per year)
José Eduardo dos Santos has been the President of Angola since 1979. In Angola, the monthly salary of the President is 461,319 kz. He is also paid an additional 276,791 kz.
12) Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, President of Egypt (R979,000 per year)
Egypt’s recently appointed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has an annual salary of EGP 504,000 (R979,000).
11) John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana (R1M per year)
John Dramani Mahama has been the President of Ghana since July 2012. His annual income is around $76,000 (R1M). Salaries of the President of Ghana and his ministers were increased in 2012, drawing the ire of the general public.
10) Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda (R1.2M, per year)
Paul Kagame is the President of Rwanda. His annual income is $85,000 (R1.2M. According to many people in Rwanda, the President deserves his earnings because the nation is making rapid economic progress under his presidency.
9) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia (R1.3M per year)
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the President of Liberia. She is Africa’s first female head of state.
8) Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast (R1.4M per year)
Alassane Ouattara is the fifth President of Ivory Coast. He has been the President since 2011. His annual income is $100,000 (R1.4M). He is an economist by profession.
7) Abdullah al-Thani, Prime Minister of Libya (R1.5M per year)
is a Libyan politician who became Prime Minister of Libya on 11 March 2014, when he took over in an interim capacity after Congress dismissed Ali Zeidan. He was previously the defence minister in the government of Ali Zeidan. His annual income Is $105,000 (R1.5M).
6) Hage Geingob, President of Namibia (R1.5 per year)
Hage Gottfried Geingob is the third and the current President of Namibia, in office since 21 March 2015. His annual income is $110,000 (R1.5M). In the year 2009, President and all other political tax bearers got a 25 percent salary hike.
5) Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of Rep. Congo (R1.5 per year)
Denis Sassou Nguesso has been the President of the Republic of the Congo since 1997. Global Witness recently reported that one month of personal consumption spending by Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso, son of the President, could have paid for vaccinations against measles for 80,000 Congolese babies. The President earns $110,000 (R1.5M) annually.
4) Azali Assoumani, President of Comoros (R1.6M per year)
Azali Assoumani is the President of the Comoros, in office since 2016. Previously he was President from 1999 to 2001 and again from 2001 to 2006. He earns $115,000 (R1.6M) per year. At his inauguration, he pledged to stop corruption. Dhoinine is a pharmacist by training.
3) Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya (R1.8 per year)
Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is the fourth and the current President of Kenya. He assumed charge on April 9 2013. Kenyatta’s earns $132,000 (R1.8M) annually. He led by example in 2014 by taking a pay cut.
2) Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria (R2.3M per year)
Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been the fifth President of Algeria since 1999. The annual salary of the President of Algeria is around $168,000 (R2.3M).
1) Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa (R3.8M,000 per year)
Jacob Zuma’s annual income is a whopping $272,000 (R3.8M). He is the highest paid African president and 4th in thee world. In 2012, he approved a 5.5 percent salary increase for top public servants.