Exalting Mugabe proves Cyril & Co don’t care about ordinary Africans
Singing his praises erases the lives of the thousands he killed – so don’t be surprised when history repeats itself
The noisy blue-light convoys and the private jets ferrying African leaders to and from Harare, Zimbabwe, over the past month have now departed. They came, they sang the praises of the country’s late former president, Robert Mugabe, and they have now left the Zimbabwe of food and fuel shortages behind.
Like the memorial service and the very quiet funeral afterwards, the debates about Mugabe’s legacy fade into the past. What we cannot ignore, however, are the troubling questions that we Africans must answer urgently given the effusive tributes to Mugabe by some of our political leaders.
The most urgent of those questions is this: do African lives really matter to us Africans and our leaders? The second is: given the numerous injustices and the massacre that Mugabe presided over in his 37 years in power, how do African leaders wish to remember the 20,000 people killed in Mugabe’s war on his own people in the 1980s? If we celebrate the perpetrator of these killings, can we prevent another massacre when it comes knocking?..