No, Mr President

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is at it again and as the watchdogs we are raising the red flag once more without fear or favour.

Mugabe’s threat to pull out of the United Nations (UN) is shocking and bizarre to say the least, and we just hope he was playing to the gallery in his usual grandstanding and politicking style otherwise the net effect of his threats are too galling to contemplate.

In his blind pursuit of self-serving policies, Mugabe seems to somehow mistake Zimbabwe for personal property yet it is a nation of 14 million people all of them stakeholders.

No, Zimbabwe is far much bigger than that and cannot be held to ransom by Mugabe’s personal interests and after all, he has presided over the collapse of a once-vibrant economy.

The UN is an important international body which we have to be party to whether Mugabe likes it or not. Zimbabwe is for 14 million people and not the 92-year-old’s personal property.

It is thus lucidly clear that instead of seeking engagement to resolve matters, Mugabe just wants to retard development.

As president, Mugabe has held power for 36 years and this comes with responsibilities, thus threats to pull out Zimbabwe from the “family of nations” spells doom for the disaster plagued country.

Since 2000 when Zimbabwe has lurched from one crisis to another, we have been dependent to a greater extent on the benevolence of UN arms like Unicef, World Health Organisation (WHO), UniAids and even now we are failing to provide for ourselves.

It is an open secret that today, Zimbabwe is over dependent on foreign aid, whether in its education sector that received a major boost from Unicef during the government of national unity era or the health sector which is being sustained by drugs from organisations such as WHO.

While Mugabe might have a legitimate grievance particularly with the composition of the security council, disengagement and forming a splinter organisation is not the solution.

We take Mugabe’s rantings seriously  because we have been in an almost similar position before. Irritated by the fact that his rule and disrespect for human and property rights was coming under heavy scrutiny, Mugabe pulled out of the Commonwealth in 2003.

We always wonder whether that pullout was strategic or not, but what we know is that Zimbabwe has lost immensely because of the ill-advised move, be it culturally or economically and we cannot afford to take that dangerous path again.

 

Comments (4)

Truly speaking, Mugabe has lost it, but it is not so much his fault now, but those who are letting him continue with this madness. Where are the men and women of Zanu PF if they consider themselves leaders when all this nonsense is happening? Are they not able to see that this old baffoon has long lost it and is dragging Zimbabwe to the grave with him? Unless pushed out, Mugabe is so selfish that he thinks only of himself as the capable leader of Zimbabwe and no one else. Can someone in Zanu PF please wake up and stop this rot. Show us you are men for a change and not Mugabe's wives as Margaret Dongo once labelled you!!!! You are ones to stop this rot!!!!

MR COOPER - 27 September 2016

Don't worry yourselves folks . Even he doesn't belive it!! He just loves grandstanding. He is worried that at 92, no one is taking any more notice of him. Just looking for attention. Like a spoilt kid.Nothing to worry about.

Jonso - 28 September 2016

Yaah as usual Mugabe wants everyone to listen to his nonsense.His hatred grows bigger & bigger as he looses support.That's why he now points some African leaders as cowerds,,but the fact is no one wants to take risk by critising the developed countries. They don't want there countries to end up like Zimbabwe. They just listen to him as if they are with him but they criticise him.Mugabe is a fool,,he thinks they can bother if threatens them.I don't know what those who chose him to be ZANU leader actually sow on him without seeing his self-centered attitude & selfishness. He don't have even a fraction quality of being a leader.

matsotsi - 28 September 2016

Yes it is good for us as Zimbabweans to comment and we have all the reasons to worry because of all this nonsense but my million dollar question is : "does he have the ears to listen to us?' Remember he pulled out of The Commonwealth single - handedly. What did we do?

Captain D - 28 September 2016

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