ENP: Zimbabwe’s Robert Than Shwe – Demigod to DESPOT

ENP: Robert Mugabe – Demigod to DESPOT

Demigod to DESPOT
With political murders and Inflation in his corrupt country at 100,000%,
Zimbabwe’s once-revered independence fighter is now feared

By Neville Stack July 01, 2008

A TRAGIC failure.

This is how Robert Mugabe’s leadership has been described by Nelson Mandela.

The world’s most reviled leader, however, rejects the indictment by one of its most revered statesmen.

So where did Mr Mugabe go wrong? After all, he was once a darling of the West.

When the young Mugabe became a prospective leader of Southern Rhodesia, the British smiled because he was a product of the British higher-education system.

But now the British have stripped Mr Mugabe of the knighthood that was conferred on him in 1994.

Mr Mugabe is seen as a disgrace. His country is going rapidly down the tubes, amid starvation and brutality.

And he is pinning the rap on Britain and America for his own mismanagement.

For all his schooling, Mr Mugabe knows only how to cling to power through harsh means.

He earned many degrees through distance learning, including Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Science and Master of Laws, all from the University of London External Programme.

The two law degrees were taken while he was in prison for seeking to overthrow the white-dominated government of his country.

In London, the Labour government of the late Mr Harold Wilson was not too worried that the young black man was a committed Marxist.

The fond belief in Downing Street was that the solemn young man, a devout Catholic, would mellow when faced with the realities of government.

The key to understanding Mr Mugabe is the 1970s guerrilla war where he made his name.

He was seen in Africa as a hero, fighting white minority rule. This is why many African leaders refuse to criticise him, even now.

Since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, most of the world has moved on. But his outlook is the same.

He claims that the heroic socialist forces of Zanu-PF (Patriotic Front) are still fighting the twin evils of capitalism and colonialism.

One of the most bitter memories of colonial rule was of what happened at the end of the World War II in 1945. Prime minister Ian Smith, who was a fighter pilot, and the other white Rhodesians who volunteered to fight alongside the British, were rewarded with large tracts of fertile land.

The returning black volunteers were each given a bicycle. And expected to be grateful.

The Marxists were furious. The guerrilla war was long and bloody.

Eventually, in 1980, white minority rule was ended with Mr Mugabe elected to power.

At first he was regarded as a safe pair of hands.

For a time, all went well.

Except for the unfortunate political opponents of Zanu-PF, who were killed in large numbers by the victorious activists.

This was the beginning of the end game for Zimbabwe, whose white-owned farms made it the breadbasket of Africa.

But that did not stop Mr Mugabe, now president, from seizing the lands and handing over the well-run farms to inexperienced ‘war veterans’ and, inevitably, to his own cronies and key supporters.

Seizures, collectivisation and coercion. It was Karl Marx brought to life.

Under the new owners, the holdings were run disastrously.

Of course there had to be a scapegoat. President Mugabe blames Zimbabwe’s problems on a mysterious plot by western countries, led by the UK.

The country’s decline is shocking. Thanks to semi-starvation, child mortality and Aids, life expectancy for the non-privileged is among the lowest in the world – on average, women live to 34 years, men to 37.

President Mugabe celebrated his 84th birthday with a lavish party overshadowed by official inflation figures of more than 100,000 per cent.

Young ‘war veterans’ , police and military beat, maim and even kill citizens whom they suspect of voting for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

The Marxist monster Josef Stalin would have been proud of him.
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Why is no one stopping Mugabe?
R. Nadeswaran Updated: 09:39AM Wed, 25 Jun 2008

A COMB of bananas costs 100 million. A litre of petrol costs more than double that. Don’t even try to convert. It becomes ridiculous. Inflation is running at more than 250,000%. Food shelves are empty. Hospitals are running out of drugs to treat the sick. Daily, the wounded and the maimed are
brought in to be treated. Houses are razed with the occupants allowed to be burnt alive.

Supporters of the opposition are forcibly taken away to boot camps for indoctrination. Others have their genitals pulled out and left for dead as a lesson to those who don’t choose to go with the incumbent. So many innocent lives have been lost. Goons of the dictator are on orders to cause harm to anyone who does not think it’s God’s will that he rule until the day he dies.

The world watches on as Robert Mugabe and his band of merry-men turn murderers, so that he can lord over Zimbabwe for the rest of his life. His hands are tainted with the blood of his own citizens, and yet, no one lifts a finger to stop his atrocities.

I have read and seen enough footage on the mayhem in Zimbabwe. As much as I want to be there to give a more accurate first-hand report of what is happening, it is unlikely I will ever be allowed to set foot on the land. You see, Mugabe does not like the views of people like me or the BBC or CNN. Not just the foreign media. If you don’t want to be unceremoniously booted out of the country, you must report what Mugabe believes is good for HIM. Not for the general public.

But then, I could go there bearing gifts on behalf of the Malaysian
government. Didn’t we, five years ago, give him millions worth of timber to
build his private palace while his citizens starved?

He has all the ingredients of a brutal dictator. And yet, this man is
allowed to get away by saying he is conducting “free and fair” elections to
keep him in office. Where are the guardians of democracy and human rights?
Didn’t the US and its allies attack and bomb Iraq to free the people from
the clutches of an “evil dictator”? Didn’t the same people hunt down Saddam
Hussein and his henchmen, try them in kangaroo courts and condemn them to
die by the rope?

No, there’s no oil in Zimbabwe. Only a power-mad tyrant who rules over the
blacks and it should be none of their business. There are no diamond mines
where US businessmen can have lucrative contracts; there’s no money to be
made by selling and installing obsolete computer systems – nothing, nothing
at all because Zimbabwe’s coffers are empty.

No, the world is blind to such atrocities because there is no gain in
efforts to put it right. Zimbabwe’s next door neighbour, South Africa, has
forgotten its own troubles which it endured not too long ago. The world
community ganged up to push for an end to apartheid. The natives of the land
become rulers and not those who conquered and colonised. Is Mbeki’s memory
so short? Twenty years ago, while his predecessor Nelson Mandela languished
in solitary confinement in Staten Island prison, the world was angered, so
much so that many nations broke off diplomatic relations with South Africa.

Today while the world condemns Mugabe and his tyranny, Thabo Mbeki seems to
be offering him a shoulder to cry on and propping up the dictator. He has
urged Zimbabwe’s main political parties “to continue talks which would
result in them coming to some agreement on what happens to their country”.
Mbeki’s spokesman issued a statement saying he will keep mediating to find a
long-term solution to the crisis in the country.

What solution do you offer a despot who has no respect for the law?

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an end to “the
campaign of violence and intimidation” and blamed Mugabe for events that led
to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s withdrawal from the run-off. Ban
said: “I deeply regret that, despite repeated appeals of the international
community, the government of Zimbabwe has failed to put in place conditions
necessary for free and fair run-off elections.”

Such statements aren’t good enough. The UN was fast to impose sanctions on a
number of countries for their follies. Why has Zimbabwe been spared? On the
home front, what do the people who embraced Mugabe last year at the Langkawi
Dialogue have to say? Have they washed their hands (pun intended) so that
they can do a repeat performance the next time he and his entourage come?
Yes, he can be offered the best medical care so his heart continues to tick
properly, which will enable him to allow more blood to flow on the streets
of Harare.

Oh, what about our head-band wearing youth leaders who were given special
privileges to demonstrate against the US? Aren’t the people of Zimbabwe
humans too? Aren’t they worthy of support? It’s not the time to
differentiate on race or religion. Mugabe is committing a crime against
humanity. He must be stopped and we must take the lead. History has noted
Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj and Malaya started the boycott of South
Africa over its apartheid. Let it also note that we were against the
Zimbabwean regime, to whom human life has no value.
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R. Nadeswaran was shown shocking footage of Mugabe’s atrocities by European
journalists who had been to Zimbabwe. He is reacting in this manner after
viewing it. He can be reached at citizen-nades@…
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AU condemns Zimbabwe vote as Mugabe meets peers

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