Mu­gabe Must Ac­cept Re­tire­ment

The Manica Post - - Opinion - Chigumbu Warikandwa Post Cor­re­spon­dent

IMAG­INE some man kid­naps your wife for a good four days, you gang up with sym­pa­this­ing vil­lagers and some brave youths to go re­claim your wife, af­ter res­cu­ing her, the kid­nap­per says he wants to come and ne­go­ti­ate with you to recapture your wife!

The kid­nap­per goes on to brag rudely that the vil­lagers who came de­mand­ing the re­lease of your cap­tive wife are aliens who come from an­other vil­lage far be­yond the hori­zon. He con­tin­ues to brag that the rest of the vil­lage sup­ports the con­tin­ued cap­tiv­ity of your wife in his hands say­ing that even your wife is ac­tu­ally at­tempt­ing des­per­ately to es­cape your house back to his. This is Mr Mu­gabe for you. Is re­tire­ment a curse re­ally? Liv­ing to a ma­ture old age of 94, and hav­ing worked, sav­ing peo­ple in var­i­ous life chang­ing ca­pac­i­ties for more than 70 years is a feat worth re­flect­ing on, cel­e­brat­ing God’s providence and wait­ing to host vis­i­tors com­ing to drink from your deep vault of states­man­ship.

It’s no se­cret that Mr Mu­gabe had over­stayed in power, to the dis­may of both his friends and foes. In his in­ter­view with var­i­ous me­dia houses on Thurs­day at his op­u­lent mansion in Bor­row­dale, Harare, he con­fessed to har­bour no more pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions. But, with­out the peo­ple de­mand­ing his de­par­ture in Novem­ber of 2018, Mu­gabe would still be pres­i­dent today, his wife nowhere far away from the throne ei­ther.

The truth of the mat­ter is Mr Mu­gabe is now de­facto op­po­si­tion leader of a def­i­nite po­lit­i­cal party, Na­tional Pa­tri­otic Front whose PR is played by the flip-flop­per gen­eral, Jelousy Mawarire. On his mi­cro blog­ging ac­counts a few days ago, the fluid Mawarire was at pains dis­tanc­ing his bud­ding po­lit­i­cal party from the Mu­gabe fam­ily.

True, Mr Mu­gabe has the con­sti­tu­tional right to be­long to a po­lit­i­cal party of his lik­ing. But the habit of hid­ing his head in the sand and claim not to be play­ing any­thing in the for­ma­tion of the venge­ful party is gross non­sense. For the record, Mr Mu­gabe is still a card car­ry­ing mem­ber of Zanu-PF. It was his wife who was shown the door, not him.

For starters, it did not take Am­brose Mutin­hiri 50 hours to ap­pear at Blue Roof with Mr Mu­gabe af­ter he had ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion from Par­lia­ment and Zanu-PF. Rather, Mutin­hiri could have pos­si­bly dropped his let­ter at Par­lia­ment build­ings be­fore pro­ceed­ing to Blue Roof to be for­mally in­structed to an­nounce his in­volve­ment with the party. And, get this po­si­tion right here; there is noth­ing wrong at all in form­ing a new po­lit­i­cal party of your own in a con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy.

Nei­ther is there any­thing wrong at all in vis­it­ing a for­mer head of State at your own vo­li­tion or at his in­vi­ta­tion. What is clearly wrong is the in­sin­cer­ity Mr Mu­gabe is parad­ing by dis­tanc­ing him­self from a bit­ter po­lit­i­cal party that clearly started at his door step to op­pose a party that he led for more than 40 years and show­ing a clear at­tempt at desta­bil­is­ing a na­tion on the mend.

If Mr Mu­gabe is not an NPF func­tionary, what was the NPF spokesper­son do­ing with teems of jour­nal­ists at Blue Roof play­ing their host? Mr Mu­gabe must value the beauty of re­tire­ment and the value of peo­ple’s pa­tience on him.

If he com­plains that the Novem­ber marchers were MDC-T peo­ple, why did his own party lead pro­ceed­ings to im­peach him? Are MDC-T sup­port­ers not part of the peo­ple he led dur­ing his day in of­fice? Was he a par­ti­san pres­i­dent? If he was, then peo­ple were wrong on him for 37 good years! Was he not in of­fice with half his cabi­net be­ing MDC-T of­fi­cials not so long ago?

Why did Mr Mu­gabe ten­der his res­ig­na­tion to Par­lia­ment dur­ing im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings? If he did it in jest, he must be pun­ished for con­tempt of Par­lia­ment! Well, he told jour­nal­ists gath­ered at his home that it was his wife who ad­vised him to re­sign, so where is his prob­lem now? He must leave Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa alone and dis­cuss his do­mes­tic prob­lem with his wife. If he wants al­ter­na­tive opin­ion he can ask his do­mes­tic ser­vants.

To the Pres­i­dent, I ap­plaud his ma­ture re­sponse to Mu­gabe’s old-age in­spired rants. The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion knows what to do with their des­tiny and that des­tiny is com­plete with­out him.

The na­tion does not owe Mu­gabe any­thing, if any­thing; it is him who owes the na­tion twenty farms and lots of apolo­gies for the lit­tle con­fu­sion he is cook­ing up lately. And out of benev­o­lence, the na­tion has fore­gone the hefty apolo­gies due to it for all his trans­gres­sions at the sun­set of his days in power. To err with old age is hu­man.

Zim­bab­weans, let’s move for­ward and re­claim the jewel within us. As for Mu­gabe, it’s mem­oirs time. Asante Sana.

Mutin­hiri meets Mu­gabe at Blue Roof in Bor­row­dale Harare

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