By Leonard Koni.
Caoe Town, South Africa. (News of The South) – Robert Gabriel Mugabe the giant African tree has fallen. One of the most powerful African leader has resigned after ruling the country for nearly four decades.
He took the country from the colonial powers from 1980. One of the most powerful dictators in Africa has finally thrown in the towel after pressure from the military was exerted on him and the country wide marches which occured on Saturday.
He took over the country’s leadership from the late Ian Smith when the economy was performing very well until he dragged it into deep economic morasse and quagmire.
Robert Mugabe’s political and physical demise came at a time when everybody was not even expecting it.
Mugabe’s health became deteriorating and incapacitated but despite such ailments, he even sought for a re election in 2018. His failure to groom a successor in time was the most blundering thing he did. Mugabe had overstayed his welcome.
As he started manoeuvring actions to be succeeded by his wife, the army quickly intervened abd swiftly stopped him to create a dynasty. He wanted to be succeded by his young wife Grace Mugabe. This riled the army and most Zanu PF members.
Before the 2008 election when he pitted Morgan Tsvangirai he said “When you lose an election and are rejected by the people , that is the time to leave politics”
In that year Mugabe was beaten by Morgan Tsvangirai of the labour party MDC-T and rejected by the people but he did not retire.
This is the end of a tyrannical era of governance where many people suffered under Robert Mugabe with some being beaten , tried in courts and some getting killed.
Mugabe became too big for everyone, too big for the country, too big for the law and too big for the government.
This is a historical moment in Zimbabwe after waiting for such a long time to break through. The political geography of Zimbabwe has been changed and the people have spoken together.
He used the militias to keep on clinging to power but nothing stays forever. Even his 37 years in power, Mugabe has maintained his stance on the patriotic socialist forces fighting colonialism and capitalism. Anyone who went against his views was regarded as a traitor.
Everyone is now expecting a new dawn era where people will unite for a common cause and start rebuilding the country. In defining the Mugabe legacy Zimbabweans will keep on embracing he land reform programme and bring a reformed political trajectory so as to revamp the ailing economy.
“Roll our sleeves turn our weapons and turn them into plough shears”… To quote from Cde Robert Mugabe.
This is now the time to focus life after Mugabe. The country has been damaged and brutaly bruised, the people need to put their differences aside and work together.
This is the time for everybody in the country including those in the diaspora should be part and parcel of this rebuilding process. Regardless of people’s political affiliations the people must aim to renew the country through sound economic policies and support the backbone of the economy the agrarian sector. There is a future for Zimbabwe and great economic opportunities.
All opposition political parties have welcomed the resignation of this statesman and are now opening a new political chapter.
The jubilations across the Zimbabweans living abroad celebrated the resignation of Robert Mugabe.
We have been losing a lot of money through corruption and there should be a process of uprooting all corrupt individuals in order for investors to have confidence in the country. Within a year we expect to see a dramatic change in the economic sector which will drive the employment creation wheels.
This is good news for Zimbabwe , Sadc region, African continent and the whole global world. Its an opportunity for people to create a new phenomenon and we need to revisit the media laws and free the airwaves. We have only one Television channel in Zimbabwe and we clamour for more so as to create a democratic environment thereby creating space for a free and fair election and formulating powerful economic policies.
We have lost good some very good opportunities for the past twenty or so years. Zimbabwe has the capacity to grow and make its name popular again.
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