I, like most Zimbabweans, did not really think much of Mugabe's physical death because it changed nothing for the suffering Zimbabweans. Well, if it did, then it's too little too late.
Mugabe the man is dead and yet his legacy lives on. I await the death of his legacy, then, I can celebrate.
Mugabe emboldened Zanu pf to become the monster that it is today and like most monsters, Zanu pf had become too powerful for him to control, it ended up controlling him, making him a "special" kind of victim who is not really a victim. Did Mugabe ever become a part of the suffering people of Zimbabwe? The answer is no.
The only life he knew in liberated Zimbabwe was that of an owner to his private company. He never lacked anything. He ate what he wanted to eat when he wanted to eat it. Mugabe ate English breakfast more than the English themselves. He probably enjoyed the American goulash more than some residents of Texas, Ohio or of South Dakota. He ate Singaporean dishes, their herbs and other life prolonging medicines more than the Singaporeans themselves. His extravagance knew no sanctions at all.
He destroyed his own health system and received medical attention from far away territories, where he eventually died, using public funding.
He never trusted anything Zimbabwean including it's languages, no wonder Mugabe could hardly address a full press conference in Shona, his mother tongue. He spoke no other Zimbabwean language apart from broken Shona. He was not proud of himself as Zimbabwean but as a leader of his Zanu Pf quasi military outfit, which mutated from being a liberation movement into a State-sponsored and sanctioned politico-economic terrorist organisation, now operating under his forced successor.
Am I happy that Robert Mugabe is dead? No, because Mugabe's legacy is haunting Zimbabwe more than the human Mugabe did. Nevertheless, I am not saying that Mugabe should have lived forever either, because he himself had lost control of the monster he created and he was of no use to Zimbabwe dead or alive anyway, hence the lukewarm reaction to his eventual and expected physical death.
The error is dead but it's consequences will haunt Zimbabwe for decades to come. I have no doubt that one day Zimbabwe will be free of Zanu Pf, it might not be now or in my lifetime but one day the people will liberate themselves again like they did before.
Indeed, it may well be a fact that "sometimes people get the government they deserve," perhaps that is the truth about our Zimbabwean situation.
We seem to have a population that believes that our problems will just disappear overnight by repeatedly calling on the name of God and the ancestors. This madness has been going on for four decades now and has become the norm.
Remember, government puts in so much of the taxpayer's money into their propaganda machinery to maintain the status quo. However, the pretense by the current Zimbabwean government that all will be fine through sloganeering will soon fade away because it never works.
Recently, Robert Mugabe died and Andrew Muldrum was allowed to return to Zimbabwe to report on Mugabe's legacy and cover the funeral. Once back in South Africa, the African News Editor for AP offers his opinions on Zimbabwe's economic woes.
Thanks to Andrew Meldrum for this interview. I generally like his approach to reporting, his "tell it like it is" kind of thing, the man is good.
I remember when he was deported from Zimbabwe, it was done summarily and hastily as if he was planning to topple Mugabe in a coup of some kind. The people loved Meldrum and i am sure they still love him today, he is a man of principle.
However, I respectfully disagree with his view that Zimbabwe's challenges are caused by drought or the economic crisis/downturn. Certainly he has a point there but those are symptoms of a much bigger crisis, the crisis of leadership is at the heart, the core of our problems as a nation.
Zimbabwe suffers today because there is no leadership and naturally that creates political problems that manifest in various forms. I agree that when there is a drought, water levels in dams go down and the effects of such a scenario is rationing of the precious commodity as we withness today in Harare and the other cities around Zimbabwe. These scenarios are a microcosm of our problem: bad governance.
I would like to point out that a fucntional leadership is one that prepares for natural calamities and or disasters, droughts and cyclones included. What we witness today is a perennial crisis in and outside natural calamities, it has become the normalisation of the abnormal. What happened to water harvesting for instance? Bad governance is not a product of natural droughts but of man-made leadership "drought".
When a man speaks outsiders are bound to either understand or misunderstand him. Such is life. Understanding one's audience is key to delivering a dovetailed message that produces intented results. Whom do we want to speak to? What message do we seek to put out there? How do we know that our message is the right one for the right moment?
If you still remember the life of old Major in Animal Farm, the motivation, the ideological grounding that eventually saw the implementation and prosecution of the revolution that saw the overthrow of the lazy Jones and the subsequent renaming of the Manor Farm to Animal Farm, you would probably capture my viewpoint on Africa in general and Zimbabwe in particular. I have hope that one day tyranny will be crushed. I might not be physically present to see the day when economic freedom comes to fruition but maybe, just maybe, some of my ideas will be useful in motivating and inspiring others to act.
I am a fervent believer of Liberal gun ownership, a firm believer of the sanctity of private property ownership rights. The Zimbabwean economy became a victim not only from the year 2000 but as early as 1990s when government thought they could tax themselves out of poverty. Over taxing the citizens of their hard earned money is not only evil but reckless to the bone. Such blatant, wanton disrespect and disregard of citizens' financial rights is so archaic as it is cruel. Something must give! The gun in the hand of the evil can never be mighter than a population with a resolve to effect the unadulterated truth that, "all men are created equal.........."
In light of the above therefore, I would like to clarify something to you my friends, that I don't intent to create any opportunity for me now or in the future as regards the politics of Zimbabwe. I have no thirst to lead but to create an enabling and conducive environment and terrain for respect of persons and property rights. True democracy can be achieved when citizens meaningfully partake in the national economy, creating for themselves some disposable income through various income streams.