One African Leader who has been an item of interest in the news is Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
It is understandable that all of us human beings seek to attain ‘independence,’ more often than not co-dependency is seen as a sign of weakness and a state that entertains exploitation. So when President Mugabe of Zimbabwe started facing opposition after the 2005 parliamentary election saw his party achieve victory, his reactions weren’t surprising. Mugabe had outbursts that involved intimidation of white farmers and eventually the people of Zimbabwe who opposed his tenure. Headship of governments in Africa is often accompanied not only by glorified moments but with access to funds, opportunities and ownerships of things that underlies can only dream of. It is prevalent that not so many African Leaders ever leave their thrones willingly and the more aged they are, the more bizarre and unadjusted their actions are.
So what is the situation like on the ground in Zimbabwe; Abject poverty, famine, violence and Cholera? Yes spot on! The Cholera epidemic especially has spread like a swarm of locusts on an already debilitating Zimbabwe economy. Mugabe a few days ago announced to the world that the cholera epidemic had ceased and that all was well in Zimbabwe. What a load of bullocks! People in Zimbabwe have to walk miles for food, the few who have money in the banks are having amounts set on how much they can withdraw and death has become a familiar setting in most Zimbabwean neighbourhoods.
Sometimes to fathom the extent to which bad leaders like Mugabe will go to rule a powerless nation is beyond comprehension. Mugabe has gone beyond the ‘divide and rule’ principle. A powerless nation is a compliant and easy to rule one. A sick nation is even easier to oppress. Most people in Zimbabwe are now more concerned about their wellbeing than the current political situation. Medical assistance has been far and between because entry into Zimbabwe has been subject to restriction especially to foreign nationals and certain donor agencies.
‘Love in the time of cholera’ for Zimbabwe this Christmas will be hard to come by. Elsewhere as we down splendid meals of festive food and luxury plonk, we should stop and think of our brothers, sisters and people of Zimbabwe who are not even sure that they will see the 25th December this year. Mugabe too, I hope, is very worried because as he sits in his extravagant palace and banquets on meals befitting of a King, with thoughts of grandeur about how he has successfully fooled the people of Zimbabwe; should think again-for one can’t fool people all the time.