>> Donald Trump may have some new fans. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in power for 36 years, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni in power for 30 years, Gabon President Ali Bongo whose family have ruled for half a century. All have made a habit of ignoring election results. Now Trump's suggestion that he might do likewise is a gift.
Reuters Bureau Chief for Sub-Saharan Africa, Ed Cropley, is in Johannesburg.>> Already, Trump's comments are only 24 hours old, and we're seeing signs of some African leaders using them to their advantage to say, hey, your democracy isn't so good, nor is ours, so don't criticize us. We've had comments already to that effect from Uganda, where President Yoweri Museveni, who's been in charge since 1986.
And his spokesman is telling us today, that in fact, this is a sign of a Washington really being told to hold its tongue when it comes to criticism about the quality of a democracy.>> African opposition leaders like Tendai Biti are horrified. The Zimbabwean was jailed in 2008 after daring to suggest his party had defeated Mugabe.
Kenyan Minister Musikari Kombo witnessed the bloodshed there after the disputed election in 2007. About 1,500 people died. He says Trump's comments will be seized on by all leaders who refuse to recognize election results. In Gabon, one senior opposition adviser has a simple message for the Republican. Come here, he says, if you want to see what a rigged election really looks like.