Harare, Zimbabwe(News of the South)-On 21 November 2017 President Robert Mugabe finally resigned.
After 37 years under Robert Mugabe’s rule Zimbabweans had tired of hoping for any strategic interventions from democracy that could do away with the octogenarian. They were waiting for God.
They had tried elections and failed. Mugabe had shamelessly beaten his way through a walloping at the hands of Morgan Tsvangirai in 2008. Thousands were maimed and others reportedly killed.
In 2013 they kept faith in the democratic pathways but, drained of all power by the rigging machinery at Mugabe’s control, they feebly fell. The opposition was soundly beaten. The future looked bleak.
The economy was in a free-fall and investors were fleeing. Mugabe had absolute control of Parliament and constantly engineered laws to suit his despotic ambitions. The opposition camp was fraying, at last succumbing to the attritional effects of decades in the trenches against ‘the last remaining revolutionary on the continent’.
Then the most used currency, the US dollar, disappeared from circulation and the government scrambled to craft a fictitious currency that was stapled by state decree to be equal to the loss US dollar. The world gasped at the sheer economic ineptitude of the leaders.
Zimbabweans rose up. Tajamuka. ThisFlag. ZimbabweYadzoka. Thousands of activists sought to correct the situation but with no parliamentary utensils. With a heavily armed ZRP pounding anything that moved with batons, water spraying and tear-gasing the whole CBD, the passionate uprising died a natural death.
Intra-party frictions in the ruling party went on unabated and as they got hotter the likelihood of salvation creeping from under the dictator’s very own bushel grew brighter.
Then Mugabe fired the wrong guy. The dream became a reality.
Zimbabweans have latched onto the ZANU PF internal uprising against Mugabe with a savage hunger borne of decades of repression and suppression. All the pent-up emotions and anger that boiled under as they feared state agents was on display on Saturday during the demonstrations supported by a military takeover of power.
Social media has been rife with personal attacks against Mugabe and his family. Some have accused Grace Mugabe of being a lustful prostitute. Others say she is an fake Dr.
Mugabe’s own age-induced frailty had been the butt of myriad pantomimes, with street artists crafting humorous pieces lacking sentiment and respect for a man who hoped (and may still do) to gone down in history as a Pan African visionary.
Zimbabweans have discarded their tattered party affiliations and united to call for the resignation of a man who has stood resolute in his hysterical hatred of whites and the West in a paranoid manner that has destroyed more than it has built.
Mugabe’s blinkered perception of the West, fed by the history of colonialism, has failed to find a place for today’ global village and the accompanying neo-liberal appreciation of all things universal.
He has remained the African zealot of conservative ways. No gays, no whites. With a rabid wife fuelling his faded testosterone , he had progressed to no ambitious allies within the party too.
However for the Zimbabwean population the opening to punch Mugabe out of power has proved to great a chance to miss or play around with.
The only problem is that as a matter of principle, Zimbabweans were supporting a very undemocratic manoeuvre engineered by an army bent on propping its own factional ambitions.
Amidst the clutter of many grievances that Zimbabweans were complaining about the ZDF had its own private agendas. However no one cared about that. The mere convergence of agendas between the soldiers who engineered Mugabe’s 2008 victory by battering citizens and the survivors of that horror was enough.
The people did not care. They hugged the soldiers. They took selfies. They draped them with Zimbabwean flags. Together with their former enemies they cornered the octogenarian.
Parliament crafted an impeachment plan. Opposition parties colluded with ZANU PF to reach the two thirds majority. Civic society held seat ins. Others prayed in the streets.
Finally the old man gave in and 21 November will go down in history as the day when Zimbabwe finally managed to unshackle itself from the bonds of a tyrant/revolutionary who always managed to escape democratic defeat.
Zimbabwe had to wait for a heavy-handed tactic to remove the heavy-handed ruler. Democratic channels had failed them.
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