>> The sudden downfall of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and the ensuing celebrations by the country's citizens has more than one fellow African leader nervous about their own future. Reuter's East Africa Bureau Chief, Katherine Herald, says many are on edge.>> Hours after Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe was forced from the presidency by military pressure and popular protests, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni was tweeting about his tank crews and pay rises for civil servants.
Many African leaders are looking south and wondering about their own stability.>> Museveni's tweets come amid rising anger at the 73 year old's attempts to prolong his rule. He's already one of Africa's longest serving leaders. Several other countries on the continent, including Cameroon and Equitorial Guinea, have had the same presidents for over 30 years.
Others, like Togo, have passed leadership within one family, sparking hundreds of thousands of people to flood its streets earlier this year, calling for change. It didn't work. For many nations, a Zimbabwe-style switch in the loyalties of the armed forces or a rift in the inner circle represents one of the few ways rulers might be forced from power.
>> Many African nations have adopted two-term limits to presidential terms. But in some areas, these are being rolled back. Burundi and Uganda have both removed these limits, as has Cameroon, where the president jailed an opposition leader this year for leading protests over the removal of term limits.>> A slump in commodities prices has deprived some nations of the resources they've traditionally used to muffle protests.
In some cases, corruption has also emptied state coffers. Mugabe's fall has certainly sent a shiver throughout Africa, and reminded leaders of just how quickly their fates can change.