Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What is Wrong with Zimbabaweans?

Mugabe on the Trail
This is election time in Zimbabwe! This morning on news networks, I saw thousands of Zimbabweans running in the streets of Harare, chanting the name of President Robert Mugabe and singing songs of paise for the 89 year old political demagogue who has ruled the country since I was in Primary school in 1980s. The sight of the teeming massess of people, running behind a man old enough to be a museum artifact, who has taken their country from being a net exporter of food in Africa and one of the bright spots on the dark continent and single handedly transformed it into a financial basket case and a place of shortages, poverty, misery and deprivation, made me wonder whether Zimbabweans were the dumbest Africans in modern day Africa or they were just plain ignorant.
Damning the West

Why would anybody who grew up in Zimbabwe before 1980s want more of the mess the country is currently in. After years of failing to deliver on promises, Mugabe decided to hang on to power by injecting racism in Zimbabwean politics, causing white Zimbabweans who were the backbone of the country's economy to flee the country in droves. He blamed his lack of ability to deliver on his promises on the control of land by white Zimbabweans, whipping up racism and xenophobia, in a bid to hang o to power. After the lands of the white farmers were confiscated, he proceeded to give these lands to ZANU PF officials who could not tell the difference betwen a spade and a shovel and in one fell swoop and a dumb and racist move, he turned one of the best commercial agricultural systems in Africa into an inefficient madhouse. Within one year of Mugabe's insane racist policies, Zimbabwean food production was in the dustbin, with the people in the country who had never known food shortages now having to face the harsh reality of people in other parts of Africa.
Tenacious Morgan Tsvangirai

Under pressure from the international community, Robert Mugabe decided to grudgingly welcome multiparty elections back in the 90s. The life of his plitical opponents has however become living hell as Mugabe who has kept tight control over the country's police and military, has used these agents of security as a noose around the necks of his political opponents. Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC, the country's current Prime Minister and main opposition leader deserves special reward for sheer resilience and tenacity. Tsvangirai has been flogged almost to the point of death, he has been arrested, jailed and had his car rammed by a trailer leading to the untimely death of his wife.
Sleeping At a Conference

Zimbabwe, an extremely fertile Agricultural country full of beautiful diamonds and a well educated people has been reduced to an African disgrace and a blight on the continent, under the insane rule of the octagenerian Mugabe.
Mr and Mrs. Mugabe

Unfortunately, Mugabe's Zimbabwe is a land where the most affluent people who control the diamonds and farmlands are his military and police friends and top members of his ZANU-PF party. Since they have always controlled the media, they have used incessant propaganda and a fear of white domination to misinform the uneducated rural masses and keep them in subjugation and ignorance, hence the reason why the mostly hungry people would be running behind the aging tyrant, calling on him to put the final nail in their coffins. Mugabe even arrests opposition cabinet ministers who criticize him and the power sharing arrangement forced on him by regional mediators has been a wound to his tyranny.
Mugabe supporters-Insane or Ignorant

Africa is in a mess, but no country signifies the mess of our continent more than the ageing and ailing egocentric demagogue known as Robert Mugabe. An infuential writer who is now a member of the Sierra Leone government defended Mugabe by saying that he is being treated badly because of his fight against the white population of his country and he considered Mugabe a hero. Well, give me a break. Mugabe must have been a hero in  70s and 80s, but he is now nothing more than a paper faced despot.

Mandela A True Hero
Mandela was in jail for well over 27 years, was dehumanized and treated worse by the white population of South Africa than Mugabe was ever treated by the Rhodesian regime. When Mandela became President, he could have embarked on a policy of revenge and reverse racism, destroying the economic fabric of his country in the process. However he forgave his oppressors and protected the rights of his jailers. He realized that even though the white population was not indigeneous to Africa, so were the black populations of Europe and America not indigeneous to these place. So he started to build up the economic power of  black population of the country and let the minority white population know that despite the past, he will protect their rights as citizens of South Africa, now there is a hero.He realized that any overt racist or revenge moves would destroy his country, and he put the interst of his country above his own, as he had always done.
Mugabe a true Tyrant

If we can have a black President in the United States of America today, it is time for Mugabe and other Africans to realize that Africa is the home of the whites who have settled there over 170 years and have known no other place. Mandela is a hero, but Mugabe is just a simple tyrant and an aging bully.

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