Some Africa's leaders have ruled for over three decades and feel their countries will be in turmoil should they leave office.
Gambia’s long-time leader Yahya Jammeh lost the presidency after 22 years in power. Conceding defeat to his rival Adama Barrow in 2016
In 2016 also, Uganda and the Republic of Congo swore-in long serving leaders Denis Sassou Nguesso and Yoweri Museveni for fresh terms after polls that were contested by a section of the opposition.
The 19-year rule of Sassou-Ngueso in Congo Brazzaville is his second stint as leader of his country. He previously ruled between 1979 to 1992, so in total, he has ruled for 33 years.