Mugabe must learn as well to walk away without a fight

AFTER 37 years in power, Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has announced he will step down, allowing a new leader to succeed him.

Source: Mugabe must learn as well to walk away without a fight – NewsDay Zimbabwe December 6, 2016

Comment: NewsDay Editor

This comes hard on the heels of the surprise defeat of The Gambian strongman, Yahya Jammeh in elections many thought he would win.

Jammeh has called the victor and conceded defeat, saying he hoped he would succeed.

This is divorced from the messy succession scandals and bloody regime changes that have been the hallmark of many African nations.

We hope President Robert Mugabe is watching and he will take a leaf from the two leaders, who had ruled for a combined 59 years.

In 2008, Mugabe lost the first round of voting to MDC-T’s Morgan Tsvangirai and what followed was an unprecedented bloodbath.

The same also happened when a government-sponsored draft constitution was rejected by the people in a referendum.

Mugabe conceded defeat, but what followed was mayhem, as the government sanctioned violence on white-owned commercial farms.

Examples abound of cases when this government has resorted to violence during elections.

We hope Zanu PF and Mugabe can learn from The Gambia and Angola that is possible to hand over power without resorting to naked violence.

The era of African strongmen is coming to an end and Mugabe, in the twilight of his career, needs to ensure that when he eventually goes, the process would be smooth with no bloodletting.

The government needs to know that resorting to violence to make a political point is barbaric, uncivilised and archaic.

Political violence gives the country a bad name and vindicates people who are wary of African leaders.

Jammeh had been in power for 22 years and he controlled every facet of power so much that he could simply have refused to accept the election results and pushed out the winner.

But he chose the honourable route and walked away without a fight.

The same goes with dos Santos, who has been in power for 37 years, he could have chosen to die in power, as the country is now synonymous with him, but he chose to walk away peacefully next year.

While these men can be accused of some despicable acts during their respective tenures, the fact that they chose to walk away will ensure that they are forever respected.

The winds of change are sweeping across Africa and Mugabe should realise this.

Mugabe’s reputation is in tatters, but if he were to walk away now, he will ensure that he restores his honour somewhat.

Mugabe can give Zimbabweans a perfect gift by walking away and handing over power in an orderly manner, just as African counterparts dos Santos and Jammeh have done.


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    Ndonga 5 years ago

    Mugabe learn to walk away without a fight?!!!

    Those who have been close to Mugabe over his endless years as President, and even when he was biting, scratching and plotting to become the leader of ZANU PF tell us that he is a very strange and dangerous person. Some even say that in their personal opinion his character is completely flawed, troubled and dangerous and that he has no idea how to have a normal relation with others…far less a nation.

    So forget about those other tyrants running like rats from their sinking ships. No matter how bad they were, they were not in the same league of wickedness as our own Mugabe.

    Mugabe will never leave the sinking ship SS Zimbabwe. This ship he will sink through his many character flaws. He will also go down with SS Zimbabwe and take us with him.

    That is unless we as a people tie him up and throw him overboard like our biblical Jonah…and hopefully there will not be a kind whale in the sea to save him!

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    Mugabe can not easily walk away as he knows his hands are too dirty. He fears the Gukurahundi issue will catch on him, corruption is at his throat and has too much blood in his hands especially during the run-off elections of 2008.

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    Nokuda 5 years ago

    No need to compare Mugabe with any other leader out there. Mugabe is outright stubborn and very selfish.
    He would rather have Zimbabwe smithered to pieces than bow out gracefully.
    How can he even dare seek another term at 94. That tells he doesn’t care or wish Zimbabwe and its people better prospects.

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    Mazano Rewayi 5 years ago

    Till fish fly, trees walk, stones talk and ghost bleed will this happen!!