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While African students specializing in social sciences that promote political studies on dictatorship is growing weaker than strong, ingratiative than advisorial; there is a strong world disapproval arising from among those studying the rise and fall on the failed dictatorial leadership on the African continent. History cannot forget those whose poor governance records went high ranking as the worst level for any type of governance processes in the twentieth century on human poverty and rights abuse. Except when comparable to, say, the early centuries of Stone Age state and those during the Mussolinis of Soviet Union; we have the twentieth century dictators such as the late General Jean Bokasa of Central Africa, the late General Seseko Mobuto of Congo, the late General Idi Amin of Uganda, inclusive in this list is Robert Gabriel Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Do Santos of Angola and Museveni of Uganda being the living autocrats that break records in rigging of elections and the punishing of the opposition politics in modern Africa.

The above is just a short list of much that has taken place politically as the quest for self-rule on the African continent grew stronger particularly as nationalists begun failing to meet the needs of the communities because of aggrandizements policies since the middle of the twentieth century. Numerous coups have taken place reported to have been initiated by the western powers and never accredited to the discounted cry of the African masses that are counted as a quiet voice. "Today, the coup d'etat phenomenon still looms over Africa.  The coup has not improved the African economic conditions.  The coup has not been a source for political stability.  Rather than solve African contemporary political and socio-economic problems, military coups d'etat in Africa have tended to drive the continent into even further suffering and turmoil.  And then there is that aura of insecurity and uncertainty.  When and where is the next one going to be?  More so now than ever before, African political systems remain unpredictable." (Military Coups In Africa--The African "Neo-Colonialism" That Is Self-Inflicted, AUTHOR Major Jimmi Wangome, Kenya Army, CSC 1985.)

In Southern Africa except for Zambia, that transitioned into smooth change of government in a rather radical but constitutional way, the efforts to resolve intra-political conflicts in the region has succeeded well. Mention of Zambia is deserved because of the worker position that changed leadership complexion in the country and the good spirit of acceptance of change in government on the part of Kenneth Kaunda.

In East Africa, Tanzania had an extremely illustrious leader in the late Juius Nyerere of Tanzania who laid a good foundation for his country as a true patriot. The Arab countries had their extremities in the likes of Kaddafi of Libya who run the country single handed for forty two years that were cut short and credit was never attributed to locals but external powers. West Africa had much drama with numerous coups taking place all in an effort to steer forward a corrupt free democracy. It seems like countries like Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Uganda and Ghana are now stabilizing to take a leap into the twentieth century. By 1970s about twenty three military coups had taken place in Africa alone.

What I find worrying is the thought that anything that seeks change in government on Africa is meant to be promoted by interests outside Africa as though to suggest Africans have no will power or competence to initiate some changes by their own strength. When dictatorship exists Africa suggests it is aligned to the west or east and the rest of the world seems to suggest likewise even when such regimes continue to butcher their citizens like animals in a slaughter camp. This amazing selectivity of morally wrong decisions to be associated with political correctness worries one, more so if we consider this as way forward in a world tinted with social injustices.
Similarly, recent insinuations by some of African heritage to, for example, appoint Robert Gabriel Mugabe at 93 years old having dismally failed to run the government in Zimbabwe as the goodwill ambassador for World Health Organization (WHO) on Communicable Diseases; speaks volumes against good judgement, honesty and respect for ordinary people of Africa (me included) let alone Zimbabweans masses who bore the suffering in open vocal silence for thirty nine years. W.H.O.'s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was grossly embarrassed when the world protested on his idea and proposal to give Mr. Mugabe such an honour when he has broken down the Zimbabwe health system, perfect thirty years ago, into a sorry site to the country suffering majority. That he has spent majority of his last phases of life traveling between Zimbabwe and Malasyia for medical attention is testimony to his absolute failure to run and manage the government of Zimbabwès health system let alone the general economy of the country.

The world has come of age and see nothing good whatsoever coming out of Mr. Mugabe's personal abuse of his old age by forcing himself on Zimbabweans. What is so painful is to watch those who walked so close to Mugabe making an attempt to exonerate themselves by adapting some kind of humanitarian approach where they turn around to condemn racists that Mugabe employed to serve his face in 2000s when veterans begun demanding a share in the distribution of land. Statistics prove Mugabe alone might have more than twenty farms judging by the way the system benefited next of kin who often did not have money to buy or own any property.
Those who have benefited from Mugabe spoils from the dirty table cannot be relied upon to make any genuine political shifts because they have already shown that money was a value bigger that social justice. Its wicked for people who sung songs on Mugabe‘s heroism to turn around instead and condemn him for misjudgements in the managing of the relations of the people in the country. Rather it will be honesty, only, when such people apologize for their mistakes of being swallowed by the love of money and fame in Zanu at the expense of denying the very fabric in the dynamics of our armed struggle, social justice.
A classical way to see Mugabe's open failure and the collapse of his propaganda is when his lieutenants have begun the tearing of him into pieces only for purposes of pacifying the masses to put their trust in them and give them another chance to damage the country and the people further. This window of opportunity, the fractures in Zanu political party, needs handling carefully. While it is not wise to discourage anyone from seeking leadership there is no need of going through repeated greedy that saw opposition fail to secure not even one reform in a Government of National Unity (GNU) in 2008. People need to be honest with themselves and search for people who can make good leadership from here onwards or else it will not take us long to relapse back into corruption and mismanagement as in the era of Robert Mugabe Zanu-PF.


  • ZANU did not respect the constitution of Zimbabwe and rendered both the courts of law and the Legislative house subsidiaries to the Executive branch of government. Separation of power does not exist in Zimbabwe as a result f the person and style of Mugabe poor management.
  • ZANU run down the socio-economic structures of the country drastically reversing the doctor patient ratio attained under Ian Smith administration delivering the worst medical system by lacking in vision to retain skillful manpower in all sectors of the economy, fearing instead for an imaginary coup d'etat by any well-meaning citizens who sought to help the economy from the collapse.
  • ZANU worked on rigging of the elections by rendering the electorate none transparent, un accountable, violence infested so they could always hold an upper hand in victories.
  • The monetary values of the country's assets have gone down and we have no currency of our own as a result.
  • ZANU abused the arms of governments to safeguard herself and force his way into government each five years when elections were due.
  • Today the country has the worst human right history and the people are suffering from many traumatic syndromes that will cost the country millions to recover from.
  • The failure to run the agriculture and to manage the orderly land distribution has much evidence on Zanu Pf leadership as completely corrupt and incompetent.

Mr. Robert Mugabe and his cohorts have brought disaster on the country through selfishly and single headedly running the state like a personal dynasty. No matter how long it has taken us under duress from Zanu, Zimbabweans need unity now and dislodge the oppressive system and establish a democracy. We need focus on a good system not individuals. The system like a suite will get us the leader we want not vice versa which is what Zanu has invested her time in for the last close to forty years gone by.

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