The more things change...
African leaders manipulating the national constitution to allow themselves to become presidents-for-life is current fashion among African heads of state. Guinea's Lansana Conté, Tunisia's Ben Ali and Togo's Gnassingbé Eyadema (all generals incidentally) all succeeded at such trickery. Others, like Zambia's Frederick Chiluba, Ghana's Jerry Rawlings and Namibia's Sam Nujoma, were less successful.
Burundi's leader Domitien Ndayizeye is the latest to attempt such constitutional manipulation. The difference is that Ndayizeye wasn't even elected in the first place. He is the country's INTERIM president and was NAMED so as the result of a painstaking negotiated peace deal between the Burundian government and rebels.
African countries which are stuck with "leaders" like Ndayizeye and Conté, will remain mired in stagnation. Those that reject the monarchical president for life model will have a chance of moving forward.