Africa as a whole has always been said to be poverty-stricken. There are many factors that play a part in this, including presence of corrupt and selfish leaders. This list parades top 10 poorest presidents in Africa in 2020 as stated below:
1. Muhammadu Buhari – Nigeria
The poorest president in Africa at the moment is Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari. Ever since he took the presidential seat, inflation rose in Nigeria and corruption is on a steady rise. Poverty as well as people being killed on a daily are cases that are associated to him being in power. Property under his name include 5 homes, 2 mud houses, 270 heads of cattle, poultry, 5 horses and 25 sheep reared in his ranch and orchard. His current net worth is about $150,000.
2. Sahle-Work Zewde – Ethiopia
Sahle, who is Ethiopia’s president, is the first woman to ever be the president in Africa. Sahle was elected as the president unanimously on 25th October, 2018 by the members of the Federal Parliamentary Assembly. Her monthly salary is about $3,690 and her current net worth is about $900,000.
3. Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco – Angola
Joao Lourenco is the current president of Angola, having held the position for about 3 years now. After coming in power, he made it clear that he was going to fight corruption, something he is so much against. With that, he took a low pay and made it clear that he earns $169 a month. His current net worth is about $1 million.
4. John Magufuli -Tanzania
Magufuli is one very controversial and thorough leader. He is the current president of Tanzania, a country located in East Africa. He earns $4,000 a month, an amount that he stated. In a public interview, he stated, ‘my salary is Tsh.9 million. I have not and will not increase because my goal is to serve Tanzanians.’
During this Corona virus pandemic period, he hard-headedly refused to stop people from going to churches and mosques since according to him, the virus was sent by the devil and people need to continue going to churches and mosques to pray for the virus to end. As a matter of fact, many people are dying of the virus in Tanzania at the moment. Magufuli’s current net worth is about $1 million.
5. Adama Barrow – Gambia
Adama Barrow is Gambia’s current president who has been in power for the past 4 years. He has been able to tirelessly work his way up the ladder, having worked as a security guard at some point in his life. His monthly salary is about $3,585 whereas his current net worth is about $1.2 million.
6. Edgar Lungu -Zambia
Edgar Lungu is one very controversial leader who happens to be the president of Zambia. Many people claim that he loots money from the public finances. His known current monthly income is K51,438 with a net worth of about $1.5 million.
7. Evaristo Calvalho – Sao Tome and Principe
Evaristo do Espirito Santo Carvalho is Sao Tome and Principe’s president who has been in power for 4 years. He is loved by the people because he is not money-hungry. Rather, he wants to make his people’s lives better. His current net worth is about $5 million.
8. Pierre Nkurunziza – Burundi
Burundi’s current president is one of the poorest presidents in Africa at the moment. There was political unrest in the country when he announced that he was running for the 3rd term. He is generally known as being selfless. His current net worth is about $7 million.
9. Emmerson Mnangagwa – Zimbabwe
He became the president of Zimbabwe after president Robert Mugabe died. Zimbabwe is one poverty-striken country in Africa that has appealed for global aid a couple of times. His current net worth is about $21 million.
10. Idris Deby – Chad
With over 30 years in power, Idris Deby is one of the poorest presidents in Africa and is yet to make a decent amount of money. The irony is that he has been in power since 1990 but he is still poor, at least when you compare him to other presidents. He was at one time accused of human right abuse against the opposition. Idris Deby’s current net worth is about $50 million.