Sunday Times’ Rod Liddle:- I interviewed Ian Smith, leader of Rhodesia until Independence, and asked; ‘How would Mugabe do as leader?’ Smith replied, ‘He will be there for thirty years, murder or imprison all of his opponents; and bankrupt the country!’
Not a terribly bad call.
In my long years of watching, viewing and commenting upon Black African Politics, I see nothing but the repeat, time and time again, of the new, or rather recycled thugs taking over the governing, or rather the raping, of the country they have “rescued” from the depredations of the last thuggish Dictator who has just been removed /overthrown /sliced-diced-refried /set on his way to his Swiss bank accounts.
When I first heard of the ‘Military’ arresting Mugabe, and then allowing the festering thief who is his wife Grace to claim asylum in Namibia, I felt that I could write the whole saga without a single reference to either broadcast TV, print and online newspapers or other political blogs. Yes, we saw the hundreds of thousands of protesters dancing in jubilation at the ‘theoretical’ downfall of the man who led Zimbabwe; but that jubilation turned sour when Mugabe refused to play ball, and stated he would continue.
My point, briefly, if any discussion on Black Africa can ever be short, or brief, or concise, is simply that one bunch of thieves is being stripped of their positions, graft, bank balances: but the Zimbabwean People will never, ever, see that reflected in their standards of living because the NEXT set of thieves, cut-throats and killers are ever ready to step in and grab the swag, the power and the Government positions which will enrich them; before any other.
For a sober, steady and reflective view of Zimbabwe in particular, and Black Africa in general, take a quiet half-hour, and graze through a sample of Cathy Buckle’s writings. There you will see the real story of Zimbabwe, a fabled land which truly held the title of ‘Breadbasket of Africa’, but sadly now holds the title of ‘Yet another Failed State’; where starvation rules amidst a land which was,truly, the most bounteous Country of all.