By Henry D Gombya in Edinburgh
“I think there is an aspect that you have to understand and recognise when it’s time to give someone else a chance.”
These were the very words used by Alex Salmond, the outgoing leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), when he announced here yesterday afternoon that he was stepping down from his post as leader of his party and his country’s First Minister after he lost his lifetime dream of making Scotland an independent country.
Mr Salmond’s words are ones that cannot be repeated by many dictators around the world who have held on to power even after it has become clear they have run out of ideas and are simply a hindrance to their country’s development. Twenty years leading the SNP and seven of them as Scotland’s highest official, Mr Salmond acknowledged it was a privilege to serve his country that long. “I think that’s a reasonable spell of service,” he said.
Scotland woke up this weekend with a new feeling, that of having gone through one of its hardest tests with flying colours when the majority of the Scottish people chose to stay as part of the United Kingdom rather than enter a new world as an independent country, a decision that would have meant the end of Great Britain as we know at and the end of perhaps Prime Minister David Cameron’s leadership and that of other British political leaders.