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ZIMBABWE MOVING FROM ONE DICTATOR TO ANOTHER

COMMENTARY 73

Finally Africa’s and the world’s longest serving aged 93 year old Robert Mugabe leaves without taking a bow following a polished military coup. Whether we like it or not, a military coup took place in Zimbabwe and was endorsed by the civilian population who hard been craving for freedom.

It reminds me of Egypt and Libya. Just as the people rejoiced when the military took over so it was in Zimbabwe. I do not want to bore you with much of what has played out but i must state the basic truth all f Zimbabwe must not over look in their path to freedom.

Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 30 years and there was no complain from his ruling party or the army. The problem of Zimbabwe is not Mugabe, the problem of Zimbabwe is not Grace. The problem of Zimbabwe is the Zanu-PF party and the war veterans of which Robert Mugabe was a part of.

People celebrate with Zimbabwe Defence Force soldiers in the streets of Harare, after the resignation of Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe on November 21, 2017.
The bombshell announcement sparks scenes of wild celebration in the streets of Harare, with car horns honking and crowds dancing and cheering over the departure of the autocrat who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence. / AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

For decades Zimbabweans have fought for freedom. Although that fight only came when the economy collapsed and no surgeon could fix it else they were in support of Mugabe when he was grabbing white lands. Dissenting voices from the populace only came when the distribution of the lands went to selected war veterans who knew nothing or even have the resources to farm on those lands.

Robert Mugabe stayed long in power, rigging elections, oppressing the people with the support of his party and war veterans of which many are still in the army.The army only came into play because Mugabe sacked first vice president Emmerson Nnangagwa.

Nnangagwa who is due to be sworn in as president on Friday has many loyalist in the party and army and is a very influential figure close to Mugabe. It seems Grace Mugabe wanted to take over from her husband and was clearing the way. Nobody raised eye brow when Nnangagwa’s successor Joice Majuru was sacked on similar charges and was even expelled from the party, she was not spoken for but they saw a window for power because they all hope Mugabe would die soon but they met disappointment as his time seems to be decades away.

Zimbabweans were part of the problems they faced and they are about entering the biggest ‘one chance’ as Nigerians did in 2015. They are celebrating an army that has been part of the dictatorship. They are in for worst tears they shed in the Mugabe era except they rise up to decide their future.

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They must ask for a government of nationality and not an Nnangagwa presidency. They must decide on a new constitution to usher in a new Zimbabwe. The youths must be 70 percent or more involved in the new leadership.

A national reconciliation commission should be set up to reconcile the country and heal the wounds.  A team of economic experts must be put together to begin the journey of  economic revival. The country must be careful of countries and institutions that would be extending hands of friendship to give slave induced loans and grants.

The celebrations in Zimbabwe is welcomed though but it is just masturbatory. They should begin engaging the government coming in on what they need as a people.

People remove the portrait of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after his resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare.
Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe on November 21, 2017 swept from power as his 37-year reign of brutality and autocratic control crumbled within days of a military takeover. The bombshell news was delivered by the parliament speaker to a special joint session of the assembly which had convened to impeach Mugabe, 93, who has dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life since independence in 1980.
/ AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

I don’t know what they do with Mugabe and his allies but persecuting those who stood by Mugabe to the end will back fire. I hope they learn from what is going on in Nigeria and why the ‘Change’ government failed.

 

 

Ogaga Onokwakpor

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