History has its giants. Those people you wouldn’t dare to even imagine there is something after them. They impersonated their country’s pride. Some of these giants of history are good giants, in Africa, we can name Thomas Sankara, Nelson Mandela or even Gamal Abdel Nasser. But history has its beast, its bad giants. Idi Amin Dada, Omar Al Bashir and, of course, Robert Mugabe.
Robert Mugabe started his political career by a decade long fight for independence. He got 10 years of jail for it. When he succeeded in obtaining Zimbabwe’s independence, he pledged for national reconciliation. He was seen as a hero and often compared to Nelson Mandela.
But when Mandela handed over power after his first term, Mugabe decided he’ll be Zimbabwe’s president for life. He crushed all opposition, killing and torturing his opponents or dissenters. He even took away the lands of those white farmers he asked during the independence to keep the economy doing well.
Zimbabwe’s economy collapsed due to this mistake. But that didn’t stop Mugabe from keeping power. What forced him to resign was his decision to choose his wife as Vice-President, and so as successor. This poor choice caused a military coup which saw Emmerson Mnangagwa take over as president.
Robert Mugabe doesn’t have to worry about his regime from where he is now watching it. His regime is still in place and all of his ideas and methods are still the base of the current Zimbabwe government.
But now, Africa is changing, and these methods are slowly fainting away.
The African Union, with its zero-tolerance policy, managed to succeed in making coup pace slowdown in Africa. Same thing with human rights violations. Africa, while keeping its specificities and culture, is slowly coming to peace.
The post-independence instability and fanatism is now slowly something of the past in Africa. Will this be also a fact in Zimbabwe? We will see, sooner than later.