African leaders do not easily give up the reins of power.
Kenya's President, Daniel arap Moi, is retiring after 24 years in power but he has not given the impression that he is keen to go.
Kenyan commentators had said that if his chosen successor, Uhuru Kenyatta, had won the election, Mr Moi would have tried to direct things from behind the scenes.
He has denied this but it is all too believable on a continent where change at the top has more often been through death or military coups rather than voluntary retirement or the acceptance of electoral defeat.
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