Monday, July 07, 2008

Between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai

The issue in Zimbabwe is one that have seen all blame heaped on one man alone. While that is the routine for politics, it is quite saddening to think that a lot of people who have no first hand experience make it seem obviously blown out of proportion, especially the media. I do suspect at most times that the reports we listen to are extremely blown out of proportion just to paint condemn Mugabe.

Without support for the perpetual-power seeking Mugabe, what worries me most is that the so-called West is just portraying to bear the burden more than the sufferers. In so doing, one wonders if their interests aren’t anything but to encourage a better settled and peaceful Africa.

Between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, none is the angel. As an African who has seen all these power tussle all my life, I have no favourite among all of these evil men; and yes, I call them evil men because these ‘rulers’ are nothing but just that.

Morgan may need a chance to prove he will be any better than his predecessors. But that chance that he may tow a different/better path from what African rulers always are is so atomic it is unbelievable. And what he has done is tow the path of his ilks by claiming to be the victim, which create the stooge the West always need.

Yet, the blessed West isn’t to blame for all these, rather we damned African are the architects of our own misery. It is a continent bedevilled with its own blessings… yes, blessing because we have enough to keep the continent contented instead of contented with greedy leadership. This is the reason the other African rulers wont say a word in Mugabe’s face because that would be pot calling kettle black.

As for the common masses of Zimbabwe, it may be a bold protest of life and death that would save them. But that is an imagination as, like many Africans, most of them would prefer the bribes from Mugabe than stand up for their rights. We think so much of ‘now’ and forget the sacrifices that can secure tomorrow.

But I am sure, for Africa, our redemption is far unless we do away with our greedy self-importance and accept to learn from those who have got it right.

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