LOOKING AT THE ZIMBABWEAN MIRROR – By Amede Isaac
The Zimbabwean experience should reflect the direction Nigeria and a multitudinous African states will be bound politically and economically, especially at this pivotal phase in a continent’s beleaguered or checkered history, – no paucity of doubt the former begets the latter. But in the face of this seeming “liberation”, isn’t it premature or a dearth of understanding of the Zimbabwean’s political intrigues and history, in the face of this sweeping and global optimism, for the Zimbabwean people to be confident of a positively radical change?
No doubt it is presumed a heroic deed of daring clout that Constantino Chiwenga (the army chief) would wade into the political impasse between the triumvirate lords, ( Robert Mugabe, Grace Mugabe, and the Vice President) which no doubt saw to the eventual resignation of Robert Mugabe. But is it what it seems? It’s worthy of knowledge to know that for precisely three decades, this warlord-trio, Robert Mugabe, his vice and the army chief, have been wielding a prodigiously firm grip on Zimbabwe. For thirty years, none amongst the three warlords saw the morality or will power to salvage Zimbabwe of its political and economical quandary. Even why the world reviled the parlous and turpid manner at which Robert Mugabe led his country, none amongst the duo saw reason why Robert Mugabe should be reined in – rather, it took the seeming excesses of Grace Mugabe to wake the army chief and the vice president into political epiphany. How lacking in opportunism is then the “heroic deeds” of the duo of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Constantino Chiwenga?
Well, the future has a lot to unravel in Zimbabwe for the observers of the intrigues there to ascertain the gravitas, honesty and how devoid of political shenanigans the harmattan change in the political old guard is. This is stemmed from the fact that a system that will see the perpetuation of Vice President Emmerson in power for more than eight years cannot boast of a difference in reforms or in the old guard, vis-à-vis the era of Robert Mugabe. Importantly, it is necessary to affirm here that for a country that has experienced a most medieval retrogression in all facets of nationhood, the review or redrafting of the constitution is a potent and optimistic sign for blazing political and economic progress. Such development that would forever obliterate a recall of such unsavoury experience of the past. Consequently, where reforms are not instituted primarily with the review or redrafting of the constitution, one can best remain disillusioned; none can be said to have fundamentally changed.
So it is natural for the hordes of Zimbabweans to take to the streets in ecstatic and hysterical jubilation. But it is equally pertinent that they sit and ponder on their history while carrying out a holistic evaluation of the actions and intentions of those who have taken the reins of power from President Robert Mugabe. It is inevitable that they engage in combing their past, present and future objectively, while refusing to be marooned in that mortal mistake of cavorting in “independence” that blinds the vision of looking at the future. In all of this Zimbabwean experience, African countries have a monumental lot to learn. But how often do African countries learn or get attracted to positivity and then have it acted upon?
So Zimbabwe may be seen as a nation on the threshold of flooding political and economic development, but this might just disappear as the hopes and aspirations of Africans did in the wake of their respective countries’ independence. It will help them a great deal if all parties are called to a roundtable to contribute and make concerted efforts in the holistic remoulding of their country. And it will also help us a great deal as Nigerians to look inward and fashion out a better and comprehensive constitution which is the first and foremost attempt at becoming a better country.