37 Years Later Zimbabwe is Free of Mugabe

November 21, 2017, is a day the world and the people of Zimbabwe will remember. After 37 years of ruling Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe finally resigns, this has been a long-time coming and Zimbabweans could not be happier, now they can embark on a new journey to being a democratic country. Recap:  Robert Mugabe and his family were taking into custody by the military after the coup. He and his family were put on house arrest. However, with reports illustrating Robert Mugabe out at a graduation, many Zimbabweans and international leaders were uncertain if Mugabe had actually resigned. Not until Tuesday, Robert Mugabe officially gave his resignation, now Zimbabweans can begin a new chapter for their lives and their country.  Robert Mugabe is the longest-serving dictator of any country, he came into power after liberating Zimbabwe from the British in 1980. Throughout his reign, Robert Mugabe has been a controversial figure and has severely damaged Zimbabwe which will take decades to repair.

“Recap: Robert Mugabe and his family were taking into custody by the military after the coup. He and his family were put on house arrest. However, with reports illustrating Robert Mugabe out a graduation, many Zimbabweans and international leaders were uncertain if 93 years old Mugabe had actually resigned.

Sidebar: In the 2008 elections, Robert Mugabe begin to share power with Morgan Tsvangirai, a long-time political rival of Mugabe.  Becoming Prime Minister, Tsvangirai responsibility was to shape and carry-out government policies. However, that arrangement didn’t last long because Mugabe  continued to have a stronghold on the government and policies. Recap: Mugabe on a few occasions has tried to have Morgan Tsvangirai assassinated.

The New York Times reported, “Mr. Mugabe, who controlled the nation by handing out the spoils of power to his allies and crushing dissent, had refused to step down even after being expelled on Sunday from ZANU-PF, the political party he had led for four decades.” Robert Mugabe reportedly ousted his Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has been Mugabe right-hand-man for 37 years. Emmerson Mnangagwa was removed to pave way for Grace Mugabe, wife of Robert Mugabe to become president. Because Robert Mugabe removed Emmerson, the tension within Zanu-PF the ruling party were high, as a result, the military intervened with the coup, having a hand in enforcing the impeachment process which Mugabe fought until he finally tendered his resignation. Sidebar: in all the 37 years of ruling Zimbabwe, using the articles of impeachment and invoking the constitution has never been used. This moment in history is one of shock and fascination that the government enforced the law on the tyrant who ruined the country.

“Sidebar: in all the 37 years of ruling Zimbabwe, using the articles of impeachment and invoking the constitution has never been used. This moment in history is one of shock and fascination that the government enforced the law on the tyrant who ruined the country.”

The New York Times reported, “Mr. Mugabe, who controlled the nation by handing out the spoils of power to his allies and crushing dissent, had refused to step down even after being expelled on Sunday from ZANU-PF, the political party he had led for four decades.

Robert Mugabe resignation ushers in a new era of hope, change, democratic elections and a strong government to work for the people. After being under the rule of one person for 37 years, Zimbabweans want a better future, a better government and to have a place in the international community. More importantly, Zimbabweans want to give for their families better lives, no longer live in poverty, have no jobs and a dismal economy. If Emmerson Mnangagwa is to become the next president of Zimbabwe, he will need to work hard to change this country around and prove to the people he is nothing like Robert Mugabe. However, after being the right-hand man to a dictator, the enthusiasm, and hope for a better Zimbabwe has waned because the people feel there is nothing different between Robert Mugabe and Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“More importantly, Zimbabweans want to give for their families and no longer live in poverty, have no jobs and a dismal economy. If Emmerson Mnangagwa is to become the next president of Zimbabwe, he will need to work hard to change this country around and prove to the people he is nothing like Robert Mugabe.”

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/cheers-relief-and-joy-zimbabweans-react-to-the-fall-of-robert-mugabe

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/world/africa/16zimbabwe.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/robert-mugabe-resigns-zimbabwe-president-171118112731325.html

 


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