‘I will not shed tears for Mugabe’

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President Robert Mugabe

The world, once again, is casting its eyes towards Zimbabwe, reflecting on the legacy of the man who ruled it for 37 years.

Our culture demands that we speak well of the dead, and some comrades have gone lyrical, heaping praise on late tyrant, factory fault of note, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, as a successful Revolutionary and Pan Africanist.

We are inspired by the book of Proverbs, which correctly says in proverbs 3:31: “Envy not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.” We also find, great inspiration from words of Chinese philosopher and politician of note, Confucius, who says, from his grave; “the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name”.

Mugabe with the Queen of England with her husband

In giving practical expression to the above quoted injunctions, I have difficulties choosing and envying the legacy of one Robert Mugabe. It is actually a tragedy that Robert Mugabe, who would have been one of the best African revolutionaries turned out to be a factory fault, a brutal dictator who plunged his country into poverty as he trashed the economy, and will be remembered as one of Africa’s worst post colonial disasters, a pan africanist imposter.

A true Revolutionary and Pan Africanist acquire power to better society. But Mugabe’s reign was characterized by murder, bloodshed, torture, corruption, human rights abuses, persecution of political opponents, intimidation and vote-rigging on a grand scale.

A true Revolutionary and Pan Africanist must leave the material condition of society better than he found them. But despite Mugabe inheriting a very strong african economy from the colonialists, he collapsed it. Today, the country has no currency, 5 million Zimbabweans have fled the country and are now victims of xenophobia. No wonder he died in Singapore because nothing is left of Zimbabwe.

A true Revolutionary and a Pan Africanist must have a succession plan, groom and prepare second and third layers of leadership that carries the revolution forward. But Mugabe wanted to rule from the grave, wanted to sexually transmit leadership to his wife.

And above all, eloquently criticising the imperialists in fancy speeches while oppressing his own people the same way the colonialists did does not make Mugabe a Revolutionary and a Pan Africanist. There was no difference between Ian Smith and Robert Mugabe, apart from the colour of their skin.

Therefore, I shed no tears for factory faults. If I have tears, I will shed them for Zimbabweans. It will take time for them to recover from Mugabeism. Even in Zambia, we have not yet recovered from the dictatorship of Kenneth Kaunda.

Never, and never again, should Africa see the likes of Robert Mugabe in positions of power again.


By Yona Musukwa


3 Responses to ‘I will not shed tears for Mugabe’

  1. first, let us understand meaning and reality of sanctions. l put it this way: you are living in a compound then they say Mr yonaz family is sactioned becoz u have evicted a tenant who refused to vacate as per Lancaster agreement:meaning, u can’t buy or sell at compound market, u can’t ask for salt from neighbours, u can’t borrow money and so on. what will follow is hunger and when there is hunger in your family, even your own kids can rebel against you ( prostituting, insults disloyalty) Now when things turns this way, will it be correct for people to judge you as a destroyer of your home when in fact you evicted a tenant to create bedroom space for your grandkids and growing family? Mr Moyo 90% of land in Lusaka is or was owned by a foreigner named garoon ( not correct spelling) but in Zimbabwe there were 10,000s of whites owning thousands of hectares of land, a Blackman was either a farm labourer or renting land.
    agreement was reached as part of independence deal, 20 years was the grace period, Thatcher abrogated this deal Mugabe extended by 5 more years then came Tony Blair a once student of Mugabe, he also abrogated the deal and used sanctions to injure economy of Zimbabwe, unleashed proganda using their international media to label Mugabe as dictator, and as a journalist you understand the power of the media, foreign powers knows where to touch to injure your economy and make you turn against your leaders, let us correctly give Mugabe a proper send off, may he rest in peace, I remain disappointed with Zimbabwe army for embarrassing the great man, he didn’t such a kind of retirement.

    martin mambwe
    September 8, 2019 at 8:55 am

  2. Mr,keep your tears for your funeral. You’ll have a chance to shed them then

    September 8, 2019 at 11:01 am

  3. Please Patriot not everything you see or hear on TV or radio is correct. The Patriot is correct and since when has the West put black people’s interests first? It is the sanctions that contributed to the dare situation in Zimbabwe. Not only did Britain and America refuse to honour their promise to pay for land re-distribution in Zimbabwe but the same is also happening in South Africa. If Blacks don’t unite and demand equal share of what gave to their continent, the whites will always be satisfied with the status quo because it favours them. Blair, Thatcher and America contributed a lot to the mess but it is always the blacks who are blamed for standing up for their people. Mandela was praised because he protected the whites and their riches. The same with Ramaposa but Malema and the like who stand for blacks are always mocked and called all sort of names.
    Lets also demand to be owners and NOT always servants to white people even on our soil. If we do, even Xenophobia or Afriphobia will stop.
    Take care

    September 11, 2019 at 9:28 am

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