NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Zimbabwe: Farewell to the "Old Elephant", the hope is democracy

Thursday, 23 November 2017 politics   democracy   human rights   economy   civil society  

Aus Aid Kate Holt in CC

Robert Mugabe, the "Old Elephant" of Zimbabwe, has left power. He ruled for 37 years and if it had been for him, he would have run for president again in 2018 and would have continued to rule. For how long? It is not known because Robert Mugabe is 93 years old, not very healthy as in the past and has many opponents. It is no coincidence that a coup by the military put an end to his long career as an unscrupulous, vain and violent politician. In the past he compared himself to Hitler, and as the Führer saw in the Jews the ancestral enemy of the Aryan race, for Mugabe, "the only white man you can trust is a dead man". A racism, born in the climate of the anti-colonial battle. «I am the Hitler of the time - he said - This Hitler has only one objective: justice for his people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people and their rights over their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be Hitler tenfold». Mugabe leaves a country on its knees from a social, economic and political point of view. What future will Zimbabwe now have? To better understand the dynamics of the present, you have to make a step back in the past. (...)