Being a head of state is the highest position that a person can serve during their lifetime. This position not only comes with many responsibilities, privileges, powers as well as a fat bank account. Politics is quite a lucrative career such that many people are opting to deviate from their other careers to venture into politics. The sad truth is that most citizens living in the highest paid African presidents’ countries live below two dollars per day.
Politicians’ prime objective should be to selflessly serve and be accountable to the society. But in Africa, a different picture has been painted where people venture into politics as a get rich quick scheme. The moment they get into power, they become accountable only to themselves. The following article will shed some light on some of the most paid presidents in Africa and how much they earn in dollars.
Highest Paid African Presidents
|Jacob Zuma||South Africa||$272,000|
|Denis Sassou Nguesso||Republic of Congo||$110,000|
|Alassane Ouattara||Ivory Coast||$100,00|
|Ellen Johnson Sirleaf||Liberia||$90,000|
|Nana Addo Dankwa||Ghana||$76,000|
|Jose Eduardo dos Santos||Angola||$60,000|
|Ali Bongo Ondimba||Gabon||$65,000|
Jacob Zuma, South Africa ($272,000 per annum)
Not only is Jacob Zuma one of the most paid presidents in Africa, but also among the worlds top ten highest paid presidents. He earns a whopping 272,000 dollars every year. Being the head of state has granted him so many powers such that in the year 2012, this South African president approved of a 5.5 percent salary increment for top public servants such as himself and others in the said category.
He is quite a wealthy man since he has been the president since 2009 and was re-elected in the 2014 election. Zuma is currently the top-earning president in the African continent.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria ($168,000 per annum)
Bouteflika is the second highest paid African president. He earns a tidy sum of 168,000 dollars per annum. Which is quite an enviable amount of money for a man to earn. He has been the president of Algeria since 1999.
Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya ($132,000 per annum)
Uhuru Kenyatta is the fourth and the current head of state of Kenya. He has been in power since 2013 and (controversially) has recently been re-elected for a second term. Just a few weeks ago, his re-election was nullified by the countries supreme court and the nation is in a dilemma of facing constitutional conflicts in the next few weeks if there will be no elections until the opposition suggestions to the electoral board are met.
Mr. Kenyatta earns a cool 132,000 dollars annually. This sum was arrived at after he took a pay cut in 2014 which reduced his basic salary from 14,000 dollars per month to 11,000 dollars per month. Uhuru Kenyatta is among Africa’s highest-paid presidents and falls at third place.
Azali Assoumani, Comoros ($115,000 per annum)
Azali Assoumani is president to one of the smallest countries in the African continent, Comoros. He has been the president since 2016, however, he first came to power in 1999 after he led the coup whose aim was to oust the then acting president Tadjidine Ben Said Massounde. He held office from 1999 to 2001 and was later re-elected for another term from 2001 to 2006.
Sir Azali earns 115,000 dollars per year.
Denis Sassou Nguesso, Republic of Congo ($110,000 per annum)
The seventy-three-year-old military man has been the head of state of the Republic of Congo since 1997 to date. He was previously president from1979 to 1992 as well. He is among the most paid presidents in Africa, and he earns a neat sum of 110,000 dollars per year. His son has been reported to be a spendthrift to the extent that his one- months spending is capable of paying for measles vaccinations for eighty thousand Congolese babies.
Hage Geingoba, Namibia ($110,000 per annum)
Being the third and current president of Namibia, Hage Geingoba has been in office since March 2015. He earns 110,000 dollars per year after a 25 percent salary increment in 2009, meant for the president and all other political tax bearers. Apart from being a head of state, Hage is quite the intellectual who prides himself for gaining a PHD from the University of Leeds in Britain.
Ali Zeidan, Ex-Prime Minister of Libya ($105,000 per annum)
Former Prime Minister of Libya Ali Zeidan used to earn a whopping 105,000 dollars annually. He was appointed as Prime Minister by the General National Congress in October 2012 but was ousted by the parliamentary committee in March 2014 and he fled from Libya.
Alassane Ouattara, Ivory Coast ($100, 000 per annum)
Alassane Ouattara, an economist by profession is famed for being a hard worker with a regime guided by transparency and good governance. Being among the highest paid African presidents, Alassane earns a cool 100,000 dollars per annum. He has been in office since 2011 and is the fifth president of Ivory Coast.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia ($90,000 per annum)
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is famed for being the first elected female head of state in the African continent. She serves as the twenty-fourth president of Liberia since 2006 when she was elected.
The 78-year-old president and Nobel laureate earns 90,000 dollars every year and has been Libya’s president for twelve years. Her regime has however been marred by allegations of nepotism, corruption and civil wars.
Paul Kagame, Rwanda ($85,000 per annum)
Having stepped into office in 2009 when his predecessor, Pasteur Bizimungu resigned, 53-year-old Paul Kagame is the sixth and current president of Rwanda. He earns a tidy sum of 85,000 per year. Since he stepped into office his nation has been making rapid economic progress that is quite commendable.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Ghana ($76,000 per annum)
Having defeated his predecessor Dramani Mahama in the highly contested polls in 2016, Mr. Nana Addo has been Ghana’s head of state since January 7, 2017. Had the Ghana president’s salaries not been increased in 2012, from 4,240 dollars to 6,357 dollars per month, then he would not be earning 76,000 dollars per year.
Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt ($70,400 per annum)
Commonly known as Sisi, this Egyptian president has held office since 2014. He is the incumbent president of Egypt and the sixth since the history of appointment of presidents in Egypt. Sisi’s annual income amounts to 70,400 dollars, and as a result, he easily falls into the category of the most paid presidents in Africa.
Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Angola ($60,000 per annum)
This Angolan president has been in office since 1979. He earns 5,000 dollars a month which amounts to 60,000 dollars annually. In Angola, the president’s monthly salary amounts to 461,319kz and he is also paid an additional stipend of 276,791kz. He was formerly ranked as the richest African president some time back.
Edgar Lungu, Zambia ($65,000 per annum)
Edgar Lungu was re-elected as Zambia’s president on August 15, 2016, after a highly contested election. He earns a neat sum of 65,000 dollars per annum.
Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon ($65,000 per annum)
Having been elected in 2009 after his predecessor Omar Bongo, who was his father died, Ali Bongo has been Gabon’s head of state since then. His annual income amounts to a cool 65,000 dollars. This amount is quite acceptable since his country is quite well endowed in terms of resources.
Ghana is famed for being the fifth largest oil producer in Africa and last but not least, the sixth most developed country in Africa.
Ideally, politicians ought to be servants of the people. They ought to be fair, objective and their primary role should be to cater to the citizens and the nation as a whole. However, some of the highest paid African president’s countries continue to wallow in corruption, nepotism, civil strife and mismanagement of resources. And instead of the leaders taking charge to correct the situation, some of them have continued to amass wealth for themselves which is quite disheartening.