List of Former African Leaders Who Have Been Sent to Jail

List of Former African Leaders Who Have Been Sent to Jail

South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma recently handed himself over to the police to begin serving a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court.

79-year-old Zuma was handed the jail term last week after he failed to attend a corruption inquiry.

Jacob Zuma during his visit to Nigeria
Jacob Zuma served as the fourth democratically elected President of South Africa from 2009 to 2018. Photo: Garba Shehu
Source: Facebook in this report lists some top African leaders who have been sent to jail as gathered from Wikipedia.

  1. Alphonse Massamba-Débat - President of Congo between 1963-1968
  2. Ali Osman Taha - Vice president of Sudan between 2011-2013, 1998-2005
  3. Baghdadi Mahmudi - Prime minister of Libya between 2006-2011
  4. Banana, Canaan - President of Zimbabwe between 1980–1987
  5. Bokassa, Jean-Bédel - Central African Republic -Emperor between 1976–1979 and president between 1966–1976
  6. Carlos Correia - Prime minister of Guinea-Bissau between 2015-2016, 2008-2009, 1997-1998, 1991-1994
  7. Chihana, Chakufwa - Vice president of Malawi between 2003-2004, 1994-1996
  8. Diya, Oladipo - Vice president of Nigeria between 1993-1997
  9. Ebeid, Atef - Prime minister of Egypt between 1999-2004
  10. Ephraïm Inoni - Prime minister of Cameroon between 2004-2009
  11. Eugene Koffi Adoboli - Primi minister of Togo between 1999-2000
  12. Gregoire Kayibanda - President of Rwanda between 1961-1973
  13. Habib Bourguiba - President of Tunisia between 1957-1987 and prime minister between 1956-1957
  14. Haile Selassie - Emperor of Ethiopia between 1930–1974
  15. Hama Amadou - Prime minister of Niger between 2000-2007, 1995-1996

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Former South African president to begin 15-month jail sentence

Recall that had reported that in compliance with a court ruling, the former South African president turned himself in to police to begin a 15 months jail sentence.

The police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba, confirmed in a statement that Zuma was in police custody, in compliance with the Constitutional Court judgment.

The Constitutional Court had handed Zuma the jail term after he failed to attend a corruption inquiry. The sentencing sparked an unprecedented legal drama in South Africa, which has never seen a former president jailed before.

Also, recall that the KwaZulu-Natal high court approved the state's request to issue a warrant of arrest for former South African president Jacob Zuma. This is coming after the politician failed to appear in court. gathered that following a probe into the doctor's medical note that was provided to the court in relation to his absence due to 'illness', some details had been adjusted while others were missing.


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