Author: Jeevan A. Robinson - MNI Media | Date: 21 November 2017
Zimbabwe’s capital Harare erupted into a scenes of jubilation after long-standing President Robert Mugabe announced his immediate resignation after 37 years at the helm of the proud African nation.
Proceedings were in motion to have Mugabe impeached after his initial refusal to resign.
Mugabe was the world's oldest Head of State.
The Presidency is now expected to be filled within the next two days by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was only recently fired by Mugabe to make the path for his wife Grace Mugabe to succeed him much smoother.
However, this was met with stiff resistance from within the Zanu PF party, forcing the country's military to intervene in a bloodless takeover that saw Mugabe confined to his residence in recent days, leading to his resignation today.
Mugabe was a man with many faults as a Leader. However, I find it very hard to speak harshly of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. For years he stood as a symbol of Black pride in a world, and particularly Southern Africa, that was dominated by Western colonial powers having pillaged Africa's wealth for their gain. Mugabe stood against the forces of tyranny and assumed racial superiority during the British colonial rule of the imperialist Cecil Rhodes, in the country that was once known as Rhodesia.
It is true that hard times has for many years befallen Zimbabwe, and Mugabe lost his way with the trappings of power corrupting what was a vision for the people, founded by the people in their fight and victory over the British for the control of their land. The currency has no value, money is scarce, food and basic services are short at hand, and the task of surviving is increasingly burdensome on the everyday man and woman; much less those who have families to support.
According to media reports British Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that Mugabe's resignation offers “an opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression that characterized his rule.”
May also stated that the Zimbabwean people have shown they want “free and fair elections and the opportunity to rebuild the country’s economy under a legitimate government.”
She says further that Britain — the former colonial power — is “Zimbabwe’s oldest friend” and will “help the country achieve the brighter future it so deserves.”
The British however, are not blameless in Zimbabwe's current plight either. A lot of the Western powers such as Britan have robbed Africa of so much, and now wish to loan Africa that which was rightfully hers, that they have taken by terror and manipulation.
I agree that the time has long come and gone for Mugabe to go, as whilst some are called to serve, I have never believed in the idea of indefinite service. It is akin to what I refer to as the North Korean type of "Dear Leader" syndrome. In a 21st century world, new visionaries are needed to revive a great nation that is Zimbabwe. I, like many in Zimbabwe, am thrilled that Mugabe has been shown the folly of his previous stance of seeking to remain in power against the tide of an ever rising popular call by the people for his resignation.
Mugabe, better than most, knows and understands the old adage that "poverty is the mother of revolutions."
He has done the right thing for his people leaving the stage peacefully and preserving some respect from those who still regard him as "The Father of the Nation."
Mugabe played a central role in liberation struggle. It was not all glorious, as he leaves some glaring problems behind due to him overstaying his political dalliance.
Now he has resigned the task of rebuilding Zimbabwe begins!
Mugabe had once promised to rule until his death.