Mugabe living in his own world

HARARE - Elsewhere in this edition, we carry a report that Zanu PF leader President Robert Mugabe — during an address to his party’s central committee meeting in Harare on Wednesday — slammed protesters and calls for electoral reforms that have been gathering momentum in opposition circles recently.

In mocking electoral reforms, Mugabe is clearly out of touch with reality. Over the years, electoral politics in Zimbabwe has remained a minefield with opposition parties, especially the Movement for Democratic Change, crying foul, accusing the ruling Zanu PF of poll fraud, vote-buying and other ills.

A progressive leader would listen to such voices and take their concerns seriously as ignoring them would discredit the essence of the vote that gives them some semblance of democracy.

Protesters are only responding to the situation obtaining on the ground. Slamming them for exercising their right is not only unfair but also shows a system that is not prepared to budge even in circumstances it has clearly failed to steer the country out of the mud.

The unprecedented economic rot, deterioration in the standards of living of the majority of citizens, biting cash shortages, unemployment, factory closures among others are real and there does not seem to be any indication these will leave us any time soon.

Why Mugabe would want to cling onto power with all this evidence of failure around him smacks is startling.

Given his advanced age and faltering health, the most honourable thing for him to do is to resign.

The brutal clampdown we witnessed on protesters voicing their concern over the worsening economic rot in the past few months is evidence

that Mugabe and his cronies are not prepared to let go.

Zanu PF is not prepared to listen to dissenting voices and is always bent on using repressive State apparatus in crushing opposing views.

On most occasions, protesters have been bludgeoned, arrested and detained by police.

There is no way Mugabe can shift the blame. It lies with him. His failed 36-year reign has been characterised by populist policies that have ruined resource-rich Zimbabwe.

The country’s cockpit team is obviously bereft of policy ideas, choosing instead to engage in vicious factional fights.

Clearly, Mugabe and his colleagues have failed to turn around the economic fortunes of the country.

Mugabe simply has to admit failure and pass the baton to someone with fresh ideas that may pull Zimbabwe out of the current abyss.

Zimbabweans are yet to taste the several freedoms independence promised but have been postponed for reasons of political expediency on the part of Mugabe and his Zanu PF cronies.


    Comments (2)

    I cant wait for 2018 !!! just to see those old women and youths who vote for this RGM I have to ask are Zanupf supports not feeling the pinch -shortage of money even the bond notes are scarce I saw women alluring at Kasukuwere rally when he was saying completely nothing at all about much wanted health revamp much needed jobs by our youth who are either vendors or are forced to commit crime for a few dimes I really hope I live to see if zanupf supporters can buy this crap this gvt is dishing RGM is dissing his ministers and blaming them He is the captain of the sinking ship Get rid of them and mostly yourself Hanzi munhu akanaka haararami -that's true This stone hearted old frail bigot wont even give the zimbabweans the satisfaction to quietly slipping peacefully in his sleep Hakuna varoyi here muno muZim Okay we will patiently wait for 2018 and see Zanu make fools of themselves again and at our expense Life is so unfair

    gonyeti 2 - 16 December 2016

    I think the title of this article is very accurate. Mugabe lives in some sort of 'ivory tower'. The man has never had to earn a dollar in his life. With regards the statement that is up to Mugabe to pass on the baton. I suspect Mugabe does not call the shots in the country - it is the military. And we all know who they are lining up to take over Mugabe's position - the VP with the strongest ties to the military.

    daviditaylor - 17 December 2016

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