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Why I believe Mugabe's reign will end


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Old 25-06-2008, 03:46 AM   #1
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Why I believe Mugabe's reign will end

'Hypocrisy is a tribute vice pays to virtue," said the 19th-century French aristocrat le Duc de la Rochefoucauld.

His observation may be relevant to a significant new phenomenon; the growing criticism of President Robert Mugabe by other African governments.

They, and particularly the governments of the 14-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) which has the primary responsibility for Zimbabwe, have been strongly criticised for either supporting Mugabe or at best turning a blind eye to his depravities.

But that is changing, as the following events show:

1. In April, southern African and other nearby governments refused to offload a shipment of Chinese arms for Zimbabwe.

2. At the SADC summit in Lusaka that month, leaders such as Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa were sharply critical of Mugabe.

3. In June, the new Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga declared that Mugabe was "an embarrassment to Africa".

4. This month the new President of Botswana, Ian Khama, called in the Zimbabwean ambassador to protest against Mugabe's violent and repressive election tactics.

5. Last week, Tanzania's foreign minister Bernard Member, speaking on behalf of the SADC, said: "There is every sign that these elections will never be free nor fair. We have told the government of Zimbabwe to stop the violence."
6. Kenya's foreign minister Moses Wetang'ula suggested that Mugabe's actions were "an affront to the evolving democratic culture in Africa and unacceptable to all people in Africa".

6. Rwandan President Paul Kagame accused Mugabe of turning the election into a farce and demanded that the SADC do something about it.

7. Swazi government spokesman Percy Simelane was quoted as saying free and fair elections were unlikely "if even the president himself is inciting violence".

8. And, perhaps most significantly, even Mugabe's old ally, Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, urged him to "observe the spirit of tolerance and respect for difference and cease all forms of intimidation and political violence".

Why is Africa at last turning on Mugabe? About three years ago I asked then Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa why he continued to support Mugabe when he himself was striving for democracy and good governance.

"Because we have completed the process of decolonisation while Zimbabwe has not," he replied, referring to Mugabe's continuing seizure of white farms.

Whatever one may think of that answer, the fact is that the white farmers are virtually all gone and now it is plain for all to see that Mugabe has turned on his black compatriots.

Africa's change of heart can also be ascribed to the rise of a new generation of regional and continental leaders, with little if any nostalgia for the liberation struggle which Mugabe still brandishes as his raison d'etre.

Mkapa himself has given way to the unsympathetic Jakaya Kikwete, the reticent Festus Mogae to the more aggressive Khama, in Kenya, Odinga, himself a victim of election rigging and a close ally of the MDC, has become prime minister, and so on.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai deserves some of the credit for traversing the region after the first round of elections to drum up support (though he was criticised for abandoning his supporters) .

Overall one senses that the region and Africa are evolving politically and economically and feel that this octogenarian, who does not know his time has passed, is dragging them down.

Mugabe is no doubt fuming "hypocrites" at some of his critics - like Dos Santos and Swazi's King Mswati 3 - who do not seem much more democratic than him.

Even they, though, are justified in feeling disgusted at the blatant violence being orchestrated by Mugabe himself.

If they are being hypocritical, it may be because they themselves are holding elections later this year, and probably want to start looking as democratic as possible. That's not a bad thing. They will be reminded of their words.

And, as Rochefoucauld implied, when the democratic laggards feel they have to make democratic noises, it suggests that democracy is becoming fashionable in the region. - Independent Foreign Service


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Old 25-06-2008, 06:17 AM   #2
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what a load of crock

Africa is Africa and Zimbabwe has yet again shown why people do not have any faith in the continent and its ability for Governance

lip service while people live in hope that the old codger will simply die of syphilis
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Old 25-06-2008, 07:11 AM   #3
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what a load of crock

Africa is Africa and Zimbabwe has yet again shown why people do not have any faith in the continent and its ability for Governance

lip service while people live in hope that the old codger will simply die of syphilis
How sad that credit just cannot be given!!!!

The old load of bull, Africa is Africa and cannot change!!!!

There is a wind of change sweeping Africa and democracy is crreping in, whether those blinkered enough not to admit it want to continue to live in the past.

Never mind eh!!

The old prejudices are often the most difficult to get rid of
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Old 20-07-2008, 12:53 AM   #4
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How sad that credit just cannot be given!!!!

The old load of bull, Africa is Africa and cannot change!!!!

There is a wind of change sweeping Africa and democracy is crreping in, whether those blinkered enough not to admit it want to continue to live in the past.

Never mind eh!!

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OMG .. the record is still stuck
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Old 21-07-2008, 03:41 AM   #6
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OMG .. the record is still stuck
And I could say the same about yours, think about it
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Old 21-07-2008, 09:27 PM   #7
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And I could say the same about yours, think about it
Well how could u seeing as I havn't posted on here for ages .. unless of course ur stalking me on other sites .. but even then .. I'm pretty well behaved these days on the subject of SA .. the interest has kinda worn off
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credit?

if you have the gall to state this

The old prejudices are often the most difficult to get rid of

I shall refuse to be drawn into parallels of paternal racism of ag shame give them some credit. This is no missionary job to bring Christianity to Africa to the poor heathens who just do not know no better

this is a damn shambles and it is about time that Africa stood up and did something for itself

end of story

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Old 25-06-2008, 07:35 AM   #9
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No gall required, it is a factual statement and does not necessarily apply to you!!!! So climb down off your high horse and debate the points

Africa needs to do something for itself, yes, and that is what they are doing or did you misread the article, and several others of a similiar ilk that are starting to appear with regularity.
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