Ayinde..and all the others who support Robert Mugabe on the basis that he did well for Zimbabwe by invading and destroying white owned farms, hear me a little: Mugabe is an evil man who uses the good to justify the bad. Giving land to the poor to empower them is the good...but this is not the hallmark of Mugabe's regime. Firstly the land issue was only adopted last minute before the 2000 elections because it was the last card to play - divide the people on race; let the people hate MDC because it has a few white men in its party structures - send it to hell by associating it with recolonisation because it suggests a cleverer non politicised approach to redistribute land and eal with the issues bedevilling Zimbabwe. Secondly Mugabe's beiggest mistake was participation in the DRC where his generals looted diamonds and have been implicated by UN reports at the expense of Zimbabweans. Zimbabwean spent more than two years in the DRC...exhausting the foreign currency reserves that it badly needed on a war which benefitted only Mugabe's generals...
Thirdly...Rural Zimbabweans are too afraid to contemplate alternatives to Mugabe. THis is so open to obvious to anyone who has spent time in Zimbabwe on a genuine cause. Fourthly...land redistribution was not a priority for Zimbabweans and was even under consideration by the land committee set up at the Vic Falls Land summit...everything was on course. Being a researcher having done the most validated opinion polls in Zimbabwe bewteen 1998 and 2003 - I can confidently inform that Zimbabweans were worried about rising unemployment and food prices than fast tracked land reform. I can also confidently inform you that human rights abuses were so rampant that my co-workers particularly thos doing fieldwork were often arrested and sometimes kidnapped by war veterans and Zanu PF militia.
Even Mugabe's former information minister has said all these bad things about Mugabe - even though he was party to all the wrongs.
Black consciousness movements should be wary of bad black leaders who do bad and use the good to support their bad. It is not all that white peple do that is bad and it is not all that black people do that is good. In this case Mugabe is doing wrong that is why almosts all urban areas voted against him - because they can withstand the intimidation unlike the rural folks.
Talk to Zimbabweans to understand the Zim situation ..even Zanu PF people will inform you that the boss needs to go..but those who openly said it before the Zanu Congress last year were punished and expelled from the party.
Get your facts right.
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