Zimbabwe: From the frying Pan into the fire

There is no disputing the fact that President Robert Mugabe had overstayed as the leader of our country, Zimbabwe. However, nothing could have prepared us for what was to come. We jumped, literally, from the frying pan into the fire. His replacement Emmerson Mnangagwa who came by way of a military coup has been a complete disaster. His choice of ministers a complete disaster. The mediocrity is mind blowing. The bar has been lowered significantly. From a cabinet of PHDs qualified ministers in 1980 to State security minister without ordinary level qualifications.

Where did we go wrong?

The November 2017 military coup upset Constitutionalism and Statecraft. It introduced mediocrity. Key ministerial, ambassadorial positions and the Vice Presidency parcelled out to coup leaders and cronies. Key ministries like foreign affairs, finance, agriculture where given to individuals who had no track record in public office. The finance ministry, a key ministry considering the need to interact with world financial institutions given to a failed banker.

They failed to walk the talk

The so called ‘new dispensation’ was characterised by big talk, ‘we are open for business, ‘Zimbabwe’s economy will turn around in six months, ‘we will carry out far reaching reforms, ‘we will create one million plus jobs, ‘health for all by 2020, we will re-engage with the international community, all these utterances characterised the Emmerson Mnangagwa regime at its inception. The world and indeed Zimbabweans at home and abroad extended their support and gave the former Gukurahundi genocide leader a chance to redeem himself. He had an excellent opportunity to bring all competing interests to the table, he had an excellent opportunity to unite the nation on the back of Robert Mugabe’s departure. He failed!

Pariah State status reinstated

On the 4thof March 2020, the United States extended by one-year sanctions against individuals in Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. The reason, the new governments policies continue to pose an ‘unusual and extraordinary’ threat to U.S foreign policy. The renewal of these sanctions comes despite call by African leaders, including South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa. On the 18th of April 2018, Emmerson Mnangagwa held a meeting with U.S senators Chris Coon and Jeff Flake in a televised address and committed to Zimbabweans and the world that he will carry out reforms that will bring Zimbabwe out of primitive politics. Allow Zimbabweans to freely choose their own leaders. He was lying. He deceptively lied to the world and the people of Zimbabwe.

Robert Mugabe prophesy comes to pass

During the November 2017 coup, Robert Mugabe said something that was drowned out by the excitement of the ‘Mugabe must go mantra’. He told Zimbabweans that the man they are proposing to install as president lacked the capacity to lead a nation. The military ignored this and Emmerson Mnangagwa was brought back from exile on the back of the military and was reinstated as the leader of the ruling party. Today, the average Zimbabwean will tell you that Robert Mugabe despite his contradictions, was a much better leader. With Robert Mugabe, it was ‘carrot and stick’ with Emmerson Mnangagwa, ‘it’s all stick’

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