The unfurling political drama in Zimbabwe Southern part of Africa since the last couple of weeks propelled to a climax the stark reality of the inorganic nature of democracy on the continent. The power tussles between the Octogenarian Ex- President and his estranged erstwhile Vice president on the one hand and the factional split within the ruling Zanu-PF on the other hand shows the inherent internal power squabbles by supporters of the two protagonists.
What seems a climax of political power drama was resolved not by an ex-machine, but by the elder statesman’s voluntary resignation after weeks of intense power equation. Spontaneous celebration broke out in the streets of Harare and the five neighboring Southern Africa countries. The Civil Society calls for a transitional government, while young Zimbabweans lament that in their lives, they have known only one President whom their great grand parents knew. They said, they are ready to forgive his excesses while they look forward to a new beginning.
The USA government and its embassy in a separate statement say; its Mugabe’s historic moment and his resignation will usher in a new era of free, fair and inclusive elections. Although, his resignation letter, which was transmitted to the parliament while his impeachment was in process by the MP, does not mention who will succeed him
Wide reactions from different sections of the society trailed this national historical moment.“ Mugabe, since independence deftly held to power by cunningly in a sinister manner manipulating his political associates while liquidating his opponents. Ironically, his long-standing ally and Vice President Mnangagwa, nick named The Crocodile has beat him to his game this time. The two have come a long way since the liberation struggle days spanning more than fifty years. In politics, there is no permanent friend, no permanent enemy but permanent interest.
“A food for thought” With the aged elder Statesman out, and The Crocodile in, there seems a breath of new air by the citizens, but will it last?
The raging dramatic political scenario gives credence to Donald Trump’s assertion that African political leaders treat their citizens like slaves. Read full excerpt;
Donald Trump: “There Is No Shortcut To Maturity.
Africa Should Be recolonized
Speaking recently in Nebraska, Trump said that Africans are slaves living like slaves in their own land yet they claim they are independent.Trump was responding to a question by a South African journalist on whether he thinks African leaders were right to seek mass withdrawal from the Hague based International Criminal Court.
“It is shameful for African leaders to seek exit from ICC. In my view, these leaders want to have all the freedom to oppress their poor people without anyone asking them a question. I think there is no shortcut to maturity and in my view; Africa should be re-colonize because Africans are still under slavery. Look at how those African leaders change constitutions in their favor so that they can be life presidents. They are all greedy and do not care about the common people” Said Trump
“When I saw them gang up against ICC, yet they can’t even find an amicable solution for the ongoing quandary in Burundi. I thought to myself, these people lack discipline and humane heart. They cannot lead by example; the only thing they are interested in is accumulating wealth from poor taxpayers. Before they think of exiting from ICC, they should first restore peace in Burundi and other war-torn countries rather than gathering like hyenas with the aim of finishing the poor people.
What seems a strong castigation of Western double standard collaborating the USA President’s take on Africa and the political elites, a tireless astute leftist activist has this to say;
THE IDIOTS IN ZIMBABWE AND THE FOOLS ELSEWHERE!!!
Firstly, I think the recent happenings in Zimbabwe yet again illuminate clearly how much many of us are ignorant of the dynamics of global system and its politics. Truth be told, many of us remain the most naive when it comes to the discussion of global politics and economics. The question to be asked, how does one staying in power for years translate into dictatorship or underdevelopment? Who has poisoned the mind of billions of world population into believing that misconstruction?
North Korea has been under the firm leadership of a dynasty for some decades now, yet you cannot compare the PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) or standard of living of that country to most countries in Africa who have been experiencing change in governments over the decades (guess BBC or CNN would not say this). I think sometimes because of our ignorance many of us become advocate of Western backward systems and policies. Many of us are so ignorant to such extent that we clearly have no idea that no well-intentioned leader in Africa or the third world as a whole was not called a dictator by the West.
From Nkrumah to Sankara, they were all regarded as dictators because they did not represent the interests of Western capitalist firms and ventures. But the Cubans were wised enough under Castro, the Venezuelans were wised enough under Chavez – to understand that whenever the imperial world has a bad name for your leader, that automatically means that leader must certainly be in pursuit of the interest of his or her people. This entire people understood this but among the African masses, we have many gullible minded elements that lacks proper political education. Just for the sake of argument, the economy of Zimbabwe under a supposedly dictatorial Mugabe despite the almighty embargo is way better than that of the biggest oil producing country in Africa – Nigeria.
Secondly, change in government does not translate into anything meaningful except if there is going to be a radical transformation of the economy of the country from a backward, capitalist oriented economy to a collective, socialist oriented economy. Many of us today because of our foolishness would have done the same thing in Ghana in 1966 when the legitimate government of Nkrumah was over-thrown for supposedly being a dictatorship; we would have aided the imperialists in the take-over. The point is simple, no one is suggesting that there are not some limitations within the Mugabe led government but at this material point in time as pan-Africanist revolutionaries, we cannot but throw our support to any government that is articulating the antics of the imperialists. For the ignorant ones, i dare you to point out one leader in Africa since Sankara that has been outspoken on the conditions of Black people in America, Europe and what have you, if not Mugabe.
May we remind you that there are also several “dictators” in Europe and the popular one in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia. That regime is not being attacked by any element for its representing the interest of world capitalist ventures and investments you fools continue to backtrack the time for an African revolution by your actions and inactions.
- Comrade Alex Ameh Ogbu is an Abuja based Media Practitioner and a prolific writer that writes mostly from Akatekwe Kingdom. He can be reached via: email@example.com
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