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UN Condemnation Too Little, Too Late

Although one has to be delighted about this unprecedented unanimous condemnation of Robert Mugabe, one cannot also ignore that this has come too little too late. The world has been watching this African tyrant rob his people of their last dignity and turn a country that was once described as Africa’s bread basket into destitution. As I had stated in an earlier piece on Zimbabwe, the world knew that Zimbabwe was deteriorating into another African tragedy.

Since he came to political prominence in the 1960s, Mugabe was always concerned about Mugabe. Relying on the majority force of his Shona tribe, he eliminated the late Joshua Nkomo, a man known as Father Zimbabwe and the founder of the first freedom movement. In the 1980s he massacred 20,000 Ndebele civilians, Nkomo’s tribe, to declare himself as an autocrat. Mugabe considers himself a divine ruler who only God can remove from rule; he cannot allow a novice politician from his own Shona tribe to challenge him when he has subdued the independence heroes from the Ndebele.

Even his wife said that the opposition leader would never set foot into the state house even if he was elected by the people. “He will only get to hear about what it looks like inside State House from people who have been there,” she said.
The irony is Mugabe was recently in Rome attending the world’s food crisis summit, rubbing shoulders with American and European leaders, while everyone knew how he had wrecked havoc upon his country’s agricultural industry by illegally confiscating farms from their productive and experience owners and distributing them to his cronies. But the truth that was not lost on Zimbabweans was that Mugabe used the summit as an opportunity for his shopaholic wife to make a shopping spree while Zimbabweans struggled to make ends meet back home. We have our own African version of Marie Antoinette: Madam Grace Mugabe, wondering why Zimbabwean people don’t eat cake.
Mugabe’s despotic rule and oppression of his own people have unleashed a mass movement of Zimbabweans to South Africa – 3 million people, by some estimates – inciting xenophobic violence in that country.

It is therefore time for the world to go beyond mere condemnation and take actual steps to stop Mugabe – not only from destroying what is left of his country, but from wrecking the peace and stability of the whole SADC countries and starting another humanitarian crisis.

With wise African elders such as Mandela and Desmond Tutu condemning him, there is no moral justification for the civilized world to shy away from tackling this shameless dictator and holding him accountable for his crimes.

The world should not punish the Zimbabwean people for not having oil to warrant international intervention like Iraq has. At least averting geopolitical instability and humanitarian disaster that his tyranny will spark in the region is enough reason to stop him now rather than later.

It is indeed time that South African President Thabo Mbeki ends his inexplicable genuflection to Mugabe and gives some respect to the will of the Zimbabwean people by joining hands with his SADC compatriots and the international community to see Mugabe as the evil he is.

As Mugabe decided to ignore the whole world and go ahead with his fake elections as the only candidate, the world should help Morgan Tsvangirai and the Zimbabean people to reclaim their freedom from this modern-day African Stalin and send him to the International Court of Justice.

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