15 Dec 2018


Mugabe, At Last A Guest Among The Retired

"Underlying all these histories runs a common theme – when it gets too good in the palace the initial cause is completely forgotten."

By Alfred Sebit Lokuji
For the highly educated man that he was reputed to be, nothing should have come to him by surprise. He must have read portions of Montesquieu, at least the part which asserts that “absolute power absolutely corrupts”!
I admired him for what he stood for in his revolutionary life. I come from that age group that saw Ian Smith’s UDI go unchallenged in 1966. I could feel his madness for the settlers who came with nothing, and claimed it all. They would have had their way if it were not for a few angry men!
Now he is being blamed for having ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years! Folks who are at least 40 have no way of personally having experienced his past – and there arises the risk of having all those years condemned – not just the latter years of his rule.
And that is a monumental problem for all revolutionaries who drown in the glory of power. Where did the great young Khadaffi disappear to? What happened to the Mseveni of the Luwero Triangle? What happened to all those Commanders of the SPLA who dreamed of a great New Sudan, and by the will of god ended up with a South Sudan from which they excised the word “new”?
Underlying all these histories runs a common theme – when it gets too good in the palace the initial cause is completely forgotten.
Zimbabweans are teaching some Africans (who may not care to learn) vital lessons about change: recognition that it has gone wrong; unity of strong voices in all sectors (including the army) agreeing that change must take place; and determination to see it through should the man in power be recalcitrant.
It could not have escaped the perception of South Sudanese that the army did not come to the streets to open fire on people; that Mugabe still had some sense to realize it was time to go (in spite of having been defiant just a day earlier).
And so, as the sun sets on Mugabe, it rises on the Zim dollar and on the Zim economy as a whole. An American idiom goes: “it is so low that there is no where to go but up!” Would you believe this would be a quote causing derision in Kiir’s circles. South Sudan is now much lower than Zimbabwe, and there is “no where but up” to go.

Zimbabwe was not limited to Harare as South Sudan is limited to Juba. You would be surprised with all the excuses and venomous reactions to refute my assertions. But I persist with the argument that the events in Zimbabwe offer some lessons. Yes, I concede that not all pupils who go to class go back home with new knowledge! 

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