Mugabe must go

HARARE - It is every right-thinking Zimbabwean’s hope that long-suffering voters will turn out in huge numbers across the country tomorrow and vote out President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.

Not only has the 89-year-old and his Zanu PF party destroyed the country’s body politic over the past 33 years of their misrule, they have also ruined its once thriving economy.

In this light, Mugabe’s  legacy is endemic corruption in the country, Gukurahundi, Operation Murambatsvina and the fact that black Zimbabweans are today worse off than they were under Ian Smith’s minority government in Rhodesia!

His scorched-earth approach to politics means that any hope of this proud nation ever getting back on its feet would be dashed completely if Zimbabweans were to allow him to stay five more years in power.

And contrary to what Mugabe and his propagandists will have the nation believe, there is absolutely nothing wrong about this country’s citizens consciously working to effect regime change through legal and democratic means — as they should do at the ballot box tomorrow.

Indeed, the very concept of democracy, of which Zimbabwe isn’t one, is premised on voters having the ability to turf out despots such as those who have mismanaged our national affairs since 1980.

Alas, our rulers are yearning for life presidencies and a one-party State in 2013 — at a time others elsewhere are thinking about how to advance the lives of their citizens!

A good example of the kind of enviable democracy that Zimbabweans must demand can be seen across the Limpopo, in South Africa, where the citizens of that thriving country decided to stem the “Zanufication” of that country by removing Thabo Mbeki from power peacefully in 2008.

And to the much-derided former South African leader’s credit, he respected the painful decision of the majority within his ruling African National Congress (ANC) and vacated Union Buildings (the South African State House) without kicking a fuss — paving the way for the election of President Jacob Zuma.

Today, South Africa boasts an enviable record of having four surviving past presidents — Willem de Klerk, Nelson Mandela, Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe — all of them living happily and normally alongside Zuma in that blessed country.

How we all yearn for that to happen in Zimbabwe. Instead, our octogenarian leader, who was long in power before any of these men had a sniff at the leadership of their country, is still in the hot seat and fighting for a “new” five-year mandate.

What a shame!

If Mugabe had remained in office this long because Zimbabweans absolutely “adore and love” him, then it would be fine.

The reality of the matter, sadly, is that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai trounced him hands down in the 2008 presidential race.

So we say unequivocally today that Zimbabweans must tomorrow retire this mature citizen.

We desperately need new blood. It is nothing personal, but about the future of our country!

Comments (6)

not after this election

tendai - 30 July 2013

efforts have been made by the west to penetrate the African society and bring in aspects of their cultures,which are unacceptable,but Zimbabwe has remained resilient in fighting for the upholding of their true values.MUGABE will not go

TENDAI - 30 July 2013

Tendai uri mhata

asijiki - 30 July 2013

tendai is typical example of stupid foolish idiot these kind of people who let the country down after being given beans C oil at a Zanupf rally & a scud Chibuku then they can go happy wearing Zanupf T-shirts they forget their poverty &say Mugabe is good .Open up yo eyes see change is inevitable cant yu feel the of change .It startedin North Africa its unstoppable Dictator Mugabe is gone& finished its time to celebrate real independence from cruel devil dictator l will help him to transport his stuff Ekhaya kwaZvimba

son of zimbabwe - 30 July 2013

Tereera kana uri mwana weZimbabwe. Its very funny kuti kune vanhu vakafanana neanyora pamusoro apo. Up to this day you pretend you dont know what happened to our economy. Chiyi chaungataura nezvacho chakashata chakaitika before the creation of mdc? And you think people are as foolish as you believe us to be. My friend time yekucampainer nezvekuti gukurahundi yakapera everyone now knows the truth kuti dzenyu tsitsi dzmusingambotauri nezvaiitwa nemadissidents kana kutaura nezvakaitwa nemarhodesians ndedzeyi? Instead murikutobatana nawo as if to thank them kuti vakaita basa vakauraya vanhu pachimio tembwe nyadzonya mulungushi. Surely all those comrades who perished in the hands of your now collegues shall wake up and ask you what good Zimbabwe are you trying to bring and from where? What you dont know is murungu haafi akuda kunze kwekuti anokunyengerera chete kana paine zvaanoda kuvana. Mugabe must stay and mdc must go. Any other local party must stay except mdct.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 30 July 2013


ECM - 30 July 2013

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