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The ‘coup’ in Zimbabwe wasn’t about the people

When Robert Mugabe was forced to take a bow from the Zimbabwe’s top job, liberals and democrats all over the world were exploding with joy.

Zimbabweans ecstatically took to streets to show the whole world what a great accomplishment and relief it was to have Mugabe kicked out of office.

The army had delivered the people’s will (everyone thought).  A new era was to be born; a new leadership had to be ushered in, in the name of Emmerson Mnangagwa, the long-feared crocodile.

A few pessimists like myself warned, amidst all these jubilations, that Zimbabwe was Jumping from a frying pan to flames for reasons that I tried to explain and won’t fully repeat here. It is now been almost two months since the stubborn nonagenarian faced his exit.

Emmerson Mnangagwa then took the oar, thereby sending the world into loud whispers. Were we to expect anything better? Wasn’t this the same hand that Mugabe had used to terrorise Zimbabwe? Wasn’t this the force that brought people on their knees with unspeakable poverty and inflation?

Was the country in a leadership crisis that there were no other options to take over for the remaining months before elections?

All these pondered in people’s minds. But with the hope and belief in reform, we decided to wait and see how the crocodile would later turn into a dolphin.

Mnangawa’s first task was to appoint a cabinet. This was his time to shine, to prove to the world that it was not business as usual. It was his chance to bring in new players, on merit. This was his golden opportunity to get rid of the rot by the looting fellas that had surrounded Mugabe.

This wasn’t the case. What the new big boss did was to look back to all his (and Mugabe’s) old colleagues, most of them still in government and rewarded them more with all the fat jobs in cabinet.

These were majorly his fellow coup plotters and sympathisers who ensured that Grace Mugabe doesn’t slide into the comfortable sit or else, they would all, including Mnangagwa, would be buried.

A big percentage of the undoubtedly corrupt cabinet was retained. Major general Sibusisiwe Moyo is now the Foreign Affairs minister, Obert Mpofu was retained as Home Affairs Minister and then the last nail in the coffin came with the recent swearing in of General Dominic Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi as the new vice presidents.

General Chiwenga led the so-called military takeover that ousted Mugabe and demanded the return of Mnangagwa. At that time, his new co-vice president Mohadi was the security minister, a post he had held for a very long time.

This clearly means all they were doing was fighting for themselves. If Chiwenga had been so patriotic and democratic, he would not have taken the VP job or rush to retire from the army so as to pose as a valid candidate for the vice presidency.

This then confirms everyone’s fear that the overnight capture of state broadcaster and forcing Mugabe to step down wasn’t for or even about Zimbabweans, but for a group of hungry and angry ZANU-PF individuals who only wanted to protect their positions and the unimaginable amount of wealth they have amassed over the years. Grace Mugabe was a threat to this arrangement and this is why she had to be dealt with.

There are numerous alternative leaders at Mnangagwa’s disposal if he is to show the world how transformed he and Zimbabwe are. Morgan Tsvangirai is tried and tested. His leadership brought about massive economic turnaround between 2009 and 2013.

He has, with no doubt, won people’s hearts given that it is believed he won the 2008 presidential elections. What more can, therefore, add to Zimbabwe’s transition than his ardent leadership? He doesn’t have to be president, as that perhaps is still a ZANU-PF affair, but he at least deserved to be in cabinet.

If Mugabe himself managed to bring him in once, why not Mnangagwa, who has a point to prove?  Keeping out the opposition at this stage still shows the intolerant and despotic leadership of Mnangagwa and his colleagues.

If the coup was, indeed, for the people, let’s see some inclusion in the politics of Zimbabwe.

It doesn’t have to wait until the July 2018 elections because we can almost be sure that someone somewhere might say: “We have not had enough time for the transition, we just got here, give us some more time to set everything back in order, then we will have the elections anytime soon.”

The author is a social and political critic


+2 #1 ejakait engoraton 2018-01-08 14:04
UNFORTUNATELY , Morgan is probably on his death bed living out , save for divine intervention, what are likely to be his last days.

IT all became apparent at the beginning, despite our optimism , that things would not turn out the way most people wanted.

I am sure that you would be the first to admit, most likely through personal experience, that when things get so bad, you only imagine that they can only get better, and that any change is better than the status quo.

MUGABE had refused bluntly and stubbornly to go and the other option available to ZANU was impeachment, only there was a big snug.

ZANU on its own did not have the numbers and needed the opposition, which told them that they could only do it with preconditions which included guarantee of elections, reform to election laws and participation in an interim government.

The coup leaders were not willing thus the completion of the coup rather than the resignation of Mugabe
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0 #2 Eddie motema 2018-01-09 06:50
The more things change, the more they stay the same
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+1 #3 Lakwena 2018-01-09 08:10
In other words, from e.g.: Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse Dung, Kim Il Sung, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, Qaddafi, Saddam, Amin, Robert Mugabe, Mr. M7, etc., etc; all revolutionaries are selfish criminals against humanity.

In the name of the people, power, material acquisition and immortalizing themselves; all these fascists leaders, soaked the countries they led, with the blood of the very people (respective citizens), and also shed the blood of citizens of neighboring countries.
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+1 #4 kelem 2018-01-09 12:26
In African it is always about the victors and NOT the people. people are only given lip service as the victors share the spoil.
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+4 #5 Lysol 2018-01-10 01:27
If Museveni who has been in power for more than 3 decades, is still begging Ugandans for more time, how can people expect that things would quickly change in Zimbabwe in just 2 months?

At least the coup was was a start in the right direction. We hope that there will be a free and fair elections unlike under Mugabe.

This writer seems to make a mockery of the coup to justify his political views of supporting the regime of Museveni. Any change is better than having the likes of Mugabe and Museveni imposing themselves on their people for life.
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+1 #6 kabayekka 2018-01-10 20:29
Indeed it seems all the modern coup and rule on the African continent is about life presidency.

At 90 years of age or more, Mugabe has made it and his comarades in arms hope to make it as well!
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0 #7 Akot 2018-01-13 20:48
Quoting kelem:
In African it is always about the victors and NOT the people. people are only given lip service as the victors share the spoil.


Because it's not the people who stand up & when they do, they don't follow events & make sure those they elect work for them!

See how Ugandans stay put in the tribalistic system & provide tax money in time & in peace, yet expect musevnei to leave, even knowing there is no opposition to the demon & the people are divided!!!
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0 #8 Akot 2018-01-13 20:54
Lysol, thanks!

Ugandans must wake up because museveni has brought everything to him & under control: unless our people Unite for common purpose, the demon will soon be in complete control of the entire zone then he will just disolves tribal leaders' posts & Reform the Republic & celebrate his work of art!
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0 #9 Akot 2018-01-13 21:51

32 years still counting with museveni making it clear it's him & no other to rule, but the world goes against D.Trump who has 4 years & will be replaced & if reelected, will have just another 4 years & no more!

Trump is putting Americans FIRST & this is inacceptable to UN-migrants/refugees who believe they have rights to dictate where they want to live!

Even UN is not aware museveni has been dictating-destroying Uganda & rules through a tribalistic system for 32 years & wants to just go on without challenge!

If Ugandans don't Unite & throw museveni out, he will throw them out & UN will be the first to join museveni to celebrate & bring in more refugees/migrants!

Divided & powerless as we are, museveni will complete conquest!
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0 #10 Akot 2018-01-13 21:57
kabayekka, understood, yet,

It's Africans who have the power, through Unity for common purpose, to bring their rulers to reality of life!

The more a human being has control over another, the more he/she squeezes balls & happy to do so!

Museveni has brought Ugandans to NONENTITY & they alone can say NO to him in Unity & this is not negotiable!

Yet, as it is, Ugandans seem at peace with this abuse-humiliation-enslavement...!
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