The legislature on the other hand is mandated to by the various constitutions governing the different states to dismiss the president by means of an impeachment. However such presidential dismissals are not commonplace as this is highly likely to contravene the canon of the presidency. A prominent feature of this governance is the cabinet heads who are referred to as ministers or secretaries depending on the country, serve at the mercy of the president and propagate the wishes of the president and the ruling party. The legislature has powers to approve their appointment once they have been selected by the president. In some cases, the cabinet heads are not members of the legislature in a presidential system. This system of governance appears to be popular in many African states and democracies. To understand the reason why this form of governance has become common in Africa and world over, this paper examines the main benefits and advantages of this form of governance.
The presidential system of governance is commonly used in African states and elsewhere in the world and its application and acceptability in many nations could be due to factors that are closely linked to its advantages or ease of application. It should be noted that the most important aspect of a government that will make it acceptable to the people is the legitimacy of the same government. The presidential system has several advantages and ease of legitimacy due to the following factors that are discussed below. These factors make it one of the most popular systems of governance that is applicable in the world today.
The discussion on legitimacy can be one of the reasons why presidential systems have been generally the most common form of governance in the African continent. In (Alagappa 1995), the debate of legitimacy of a government is advanced. It argues that in order for a government to achieve legitimacy, it must be based on shared norms and values of a