The disgraceful physical fall of this 90-year-old self-styled revolutionary leader, which was caught on camera, has once again revived the agitation for his resignation, retirement, withdrawal, stepping aside or whatever will just take him away from public office after his dictatorial stronghold on the country for a whopping 35 years.
Mugabe has used all sorts of political subterfuges to perpetuate himself in power and his government is notorious for gross human rights violations and sundry abuses. His government has bastardised Zimbabwean economy and spread acute poverty across the land. Yet the wily fox has refused to leave, as a matter of fact, the very idea is nauseating to him because he sees Zimbabwe as his personal estate.
Now that he is falling apart physically, question should be asked about his mental solidity and strength since, as it is said in Latin, “Men sana incorporeal sano” a sound mind dwells only in a sound body.
Mugabe is a quintessential African dictator, a stereotype African maximum ruler, who like his fellow bigoted dictators who had prowled (and still prowling) other parts of the continent, believes he is the only person wise enough to rule.
The initial efforts by Mugabe and his cohorts to suppress the news of his stumble failed woefully.
Mugabe, who now holds the record of World Oldest Ruler, belongs to the last set of sit-tight rulers still holding to power. In this last set should be placed Paul Biya of Cameroon who still clings to the office after 40 years in the saddle. Most of Mugabe’s contemporaries have however been ignominiously removed from office after the iron-cast will of the people eventually preponderates over their stubbornness.
Mugabe’s physical fall, which the state-controlled media euphemistically referred to as a “carpet mishap” should be a metaphorical precursor to his actual political fall. The fall is the gods’ overt demonstration of his rejection and constitutes the imprimatur of collapse stamped on his government by the divinities.
If he still retains any semblance of sanity he should just go and retire and allow the younger, talented Zimbabweans to take over the ship of the state. Or maybe he just wants to continue until he starts defecating on his own body in public! And then, he should stop the hellish scheme of putting his wife, Grace Mugabe, in power as his successor.
Zimbabwe henceforth deserves a true visionary leader, not a spent force; it deserves sincere, conscientious and patriotic leader and not an old fart like Mugabe or his stooge or concubine-turned wife! This writer completely agreed with the Spokesperson of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, Mr. Obert Gutu, who said “It (the fall) is clearly indicative of the fact Robert Mugabe is no longer fit for purpose.
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