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Cruelty has her rewards: Could Mugabe recover his downfall in 2018?

30 Oct 2017 at 08:10hrs | Views
Odds are a bad omen when men keep contesting age against power rescuing and do so like when there was no end to life. Ingratitude is measured by the degree of avarice beyond scope of survival except terming it extra ordinary vanity. Ladies and gentlemen such is the story of a man claimed popular through stairs of corruption and believed he could create a dynasty out of the country of Zimbabwe.

Many people imagination is based on historical developments that have taken place from Nationalism to post independent era featuring the quest for democracy. What many have forgotten in the case of Zimbabwe is that she has been a semi-military state in all forms and angels of governance process.

Except for the fact that there is a Parliament, and a lower house, popularly known as senate in American political system; Zimbabwe has run her system on the style of the Sino-Soviet programs that are military driven even though elections do take place every so often.

China progressed well ahead of much dictatorship because towards the end of 1900s and in particular after the death of Comrade Mao Tsetung, China took to a system of periodic elections changing the President of their nation. Rules, however, remained tuned in to Chinese tradition as set up by the legendary Comrade Mao Tsetung. The Central Committee of the people's communist party had the prerogative of selecting their future leader unlike the norm which trusts the vote from the hierarchy of the political party ruling.

Unlike in normal democracies where governments can be changed at a call for a vote of no confidence on a sitting government, the system of the Sino-Soviet governments like many other dictatorships do not believe in people's power even though they talk around it and spearhead a litany of slogans as a brainwashing sequence to conform people to denying leadership change. In Africa resistance to change it is more elaborate in countries like Ethiopia, Uganda's Museveni, Kegame's Rwanda, Mugabe'ss Zimbabwe, Do Santos's Angola, Mukurunziza's Burundi, not to mention extremism existing currently in Lybia for example, where leadership is broken down totally.

Zimbabwe has run under tutelage of Emerson Mnangagwa to architecture the military merging of the three armies, namely, the Rhodesian Army, the Zapu army and the Zanu army into one army after April 1980. Intelligent observation need not though confused for loyalty and support of the Mr. Mugabe regime, particularly after the end of the armed struggle and in came Zimbabwe Independence. Facts do not support anyone except if Josiah MagamaTongogara had remained alive as the only one able to bring three arch military enemies into a single military army.

While common sense would demand a committee by all three political parties to supervise transition of these various armies into a unitary army, truth has to be told and accept that Zanu military wing had more trust in Emerson Mnanagwa as one they had grown accustomed to see from the bases in Maputo and Zambia. Having too been a pioneer of the liberation struggle it gave Emerson Mnangagwa best leverage to best strategic advantage of Mr. Mugabe's 1987 military move to eliminate his rivalry in the armed struggle, the late Comrade Joshua M Nkomo.

The mistake of academic is that it tries to simplify matters tilting reality to appear like propaganda. I saw the type of what I then called the lunacy of intellectualism when many intellectuals were killed by Idi Amin of Uganda while persistently arguing that they had constitutional rights. To this day and ate I do not believe in any African president to understand the need and let alone importance of the constitution except perhaps for John Mugufuli of Tanzania due to the foundation laid by the great thinker and administrator, the late President Julius Kambarange Mwalimu Nyerere and Ian Seretse Ian Khama of Botswana. President Zuma of South Africa is worse than Mr. Mugabe if it were not for the complex matrix of their society regarding the rich and poor and its impact on deliberations in and outside of the Parliament of South Africa.

One tribute that unknowingly the apartheid nurtured and which has become a unique contribution to the intricate political system of the South African society is that they created a deliberate middle class which automatically become millionaires. That is how we have the like of Cyril Ramaphosa the current Vice President to Mr. Jacob Zuma in politics. He was a trade unionist who becomes so rich to pave his way into politics still on the ticket of defending the poor working class.

Unlike Rhodesia which ruled society on the strength of their color alone, South African system brewed the homeland system that groomed men who dealt with the politics of managing money and allocated moneys to boost African bourgeoisies in homeland states within the state of South Africa. Rhodesia had an impoverished black community of few Parliamentarians who failed to speak for the people particularly when the liberation struggle thrust was exceedingly volatile to cause a conference talk in London in the UK.

Given this context Mr. Robert Mugabe on assuming power resorted to retiring the top military officials in order to safeguard his position as the executive president who also had lived outside the country supportive of the armed struggle.  The symbolic union and purpose to wage a sifting out of other military wings in order to promote Zanu former military soldier evidently succeeded in integrating more Zanlar personnel than the counterpart Zipra forces.  The Rhodesian forces resorted to retirement in view of the stigma serving in it had accrued. No doubt it was part of the Zanu propaganda which embarked on music in the radio as a system of brainwashing the larger portion of the masses in the country.

The brainwashing strategy reached young up growing Zimbabweans who today admire intensely Mr. Robert Mugabe's oratory among other things, for example. The army was routinely trained on the Korean style of North America and very callous in ill-treating people more so those who are critical of government. It was after much liaison with North American regimes that mysterious disappearances of political activists in Zimbabwe increased.

In all these periods of government there is no single Minister in Mugabe's government who talks of having deals with the military and the central intelligence office like Emerson Mnangagwa has. Even after his being removed from those security ministries, anyone who wondered into Mnangagwa's office would be demonised by either frequent calls from the security forces or from the central intelligence.
It is na├»ve to the extreme to think these men and women can forget their comrade in arms at whatever cost it takes.    

Grace Mugabe has been loud a mouth who joined a game she has little appreciation of and made a few blunders that she will live to regret. Given the past the way it is can anyone believe that those who associate closely will survive if say, an accident of a military coup takes place? Is it historical truth that such people survive to live a normal live? Why would Grace Mugabe not go quiet but contest an ugly war even against those armed who survive her husband?

No doubt 2018 have to be an interesting terminal goal for the brewing Mugabe dynasty. The military has shown its choice of Mnangagwa so is the state security. Voting has been a formality that proved Mugabe was on the losing slide continuously. The intelligence has deplored personnel into rural strategic areas to drive blind support and voting or die mission. People have died and still shudder at any election coming. Mugabe is always doing obvious black mailing acts of corruptions with Chiefs such as giving them new cars towards each election.

The master mind to Zimbabwe unfortunate political failure by circumstance is known. How can Mugabe play smoothly the removal of his Vice President card once more just like that without resistance? This time, corrupt is dealing with corrupt. There is going to be neutralization or an upsetting of the tradition. How progressive this will end up being is a risk speculation. No doubt Zimbabweans have come a long way because Zanu was tied together within its military ranks. That is no more.

Source - Andrew Manyevere
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