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Do like I say, and as I do. That is the mes­sage Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han dis­played to his coun­ter­parts. Af­ter the state of the na­tion ad­dress last Thurs­day, Gord­han boarded an econ­omy flight to Joburg. In this time of aus­ter­ity mea­sures, where ev­ery rand saved mat­ters, this les­son should be learnt by other min­is­ters and pre­miers that you ar­rive safely at the desti­na­tion even if you fly econ­omy. Just like many African lead­ers who are not will­ing to re­lin­quish power, Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni’s Ugan­dan govern­ment banned so­cial me­dia as elec­tions were tak­ing place. In jus­ti­fy­ing this, Mu­sev­eni de­fended the ban as a “se­cu­rity mea­sure to avert lies ... in­tended to in­cite vi­o­lence and il­le­gal dec­la­ra­tion of elec­tion re­sults”. So­cial me­dia is part of the new world and Mu­sev­eni should af­ford it – and democ­racy – a chance.

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