move over mugabe


I see that later today Robert Mugabe is to be announced the winner of the run-off election for the  Presidency of  Zimbabwe, having seen his only rival Morgan Tsvangarai withdraw his candidacy following intimidation. This would be his 5th term and if he serves out the full 6 years, he’ll be 84 when he finishes. By which time he might have completed  his Zimbabwean revolution,  delivering all white-owned land and property to native black Zimbabweans. Of course by then the country will be completely bankrupt, the people starving and the only folks with any wealth will be his political cronies.

He really is a piece of work (as a former boss of mine used to say). This is a man who fathered two children with his secretary whilst his first wife was dying of cancer. Nice guy.  It must come to something when even  decent people like fellow African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has today called for intervention and his forced removal. Will it happen? I don’t know. The West condemns him but all we seem to do is remove his honorary knighthood (and only then because George Bush was in town, and GBII wanted to look tough). Is the lack of decisive action anything to do with the absence of oil I wonder? Maybe that’s just being too cynical. If he is removed I tell you what I won’t miss – Mugabe’s cheap baseball caps and ridiculous shirts emblazoned with his own image.  What’s that all about?

Talk about conceited…Is it just me?

pp

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2 thoughts on “move over mugabe

  1. I lived in Harare for a year and witnessed first hand the country disintegrate – economically, socially and politically. It is indeed sad because Zimbabwe must rank as one of the prettiest places I have visited (and I have traveled widely) with a very strong anglo-saxon educational system. I see no hope of that country reviving – historically no African country has ever come out o f its troubles. A fair amount of the blame must lie with Mbeki, the South African President for succumbing to Mugabe’s anti-West propaganda and refusing to react to the plight of the masses. The world, which only spoke but did not act, should hang their heads in shame.

  2. hi s

    many thanks for checking in and for the personal perspective based on actual experience of living in Zim. i agree that S Africa really ought to have done more than rely on its church leaders condemning Mugabe. but it seems that very few governments in the whole of Africa are prepared to stand up to a despot in their midst. very sad because every report i’ve ever read backs up your point that Zimbabwe is beautiful and was successful but now it’s simply a failed state with little or no prospects of recovery. how does that help the people?

    you’re always welcome s
    pp

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