Britain colonized Zimbabwe in 1890 to 1980. During this time, they plundered and pillaged the country; undressing it from all its natural resources and living it naked that in due time though the Zimbabweans tried to cover their nakedness with fig leaves, but the leaves could not resist the sun and wind blowing daily on their unprotected bodies.
After independence, from 1980 to 2000, Zimbabwe was fine. It was looked upon as Little America in Africa. It had better welfare: good hospitals, good schools, a good economy and everything that could attract foreign tourists and investors. Nonetheless, there was still one thing to settle to make the revolution complete. The white Zimbabweans who took the land at gun points make only point zero three percent, but they own seventy-three percent of the cultivable land. To the British that is equality and fairness.
Mugabe in his attempt to correct a mistake made one himself. Rather than seize the land from the white settlers and share it to people who could mange the land well and keep the economy growing, he redistributed the land to his cronies and myrmidons. Mugabe should be held partly responsible for wrecking the agricultural economy which is almost half of the Zimbabwean economy, but he still gave them hope more than anyone could. I mean the freedom they now enjoy is thanks to him. He did not like the biased reporting of foreign journalists, so he cracked down on them. This frightened foreign tourists through which the urban economy survived. They too in their usual manner went back to their different countries with bad news that discouraged investors.
In February 2002, the European Union and UK imposed an Arms Embargo on Zimbabwe. The effects of American and European Union embargoes and travel sanctions on Government officials had residual effects. That meant they could not travel out to negotiate contracts and create better conditions or get investors into their country. In May 2004, the European Union passed and implemented financial, Arms and military cooperation sanctions against Zimbabwe. Some assets were frozen by UK and European Union. In November 2005, the United States imposed sanctions against Zimbabwe for failing to introduce proper democracy into the nation. The diplomatic language was that the sanctions will not affect the common man.
This is like putting two legs in different buckets: one with cold water and another with hot water. I guess because the one in cold water is fine the individual will feel fine. Not at all. No matter wherever and whenever sanctions are applied, the truth about it is that there are many goods that would have benefited the common Zimbabwean that they are trying to protect from getting. Sanctions always reduce the purchasing power of the nation affected. In Zimbabwe’s case, it has caused inflation. In addition, they prohibit and deter investment or foreign investors. Zimbabwe due to sanctions has lost 40% of its Gross National Product. Financial embargo brought in shortage in foreign exchange. This resulted in scarcities of goods and inflation.
When Rev John Sentamu was appointed the Archbishop of York in 2005, as a Ugandan, he wanted to please his payers, and the only way was to play to their tune by taking a first swipe at Zimbabwe their bête noire. That was a Christmas carol that most British sing even the unborn. As you may know, many good people in South Africa and East Africa are with Mugabe. Look at the last meeting when Thabo Mbeki visited London. He asked the outside world to wait and respect the wish of Mugabe and Tsvangarai, but Gordon Brown: the British Prime Minister was speaking and hitting his fist on the pulpit as if he was asking a council member to accomplish his wish. He forgets that Zimbabwe is an independent country, capable of making her own decisions. Many of those against Mugabe are in the West, and you know, if you swim in a crocodile infested river, you better behave before they eat you up.
The truth about it is that Zimbabwe is not suffering because of Mugabe, rather because of British Shenanigans, thinking like Stalin that when he shakes his little finger Tito will fall. No matter how Stalin shook his hands and body, Tito never fell. No matter how the British shake their bodies, Mugabe has not fallen and will not fall. Sometimes good liberators like Castro and Mugabe will take more than just outside influence to bring them down. The Zimbabweans are not telling them how to distribute their land. Why are they trying to determine how the Zimbabweans should share their land?
The time for colonization or neo colonialism has expired, and it its now time for the sons and daughters of the soil to govern their fatherlands, without Western influence.
Zimbabwe after Independence had peace and security. Rather than payback the white settlers who had held them hostage for centuries were integrated and accepted as brothers and sisters. The usual sing song of factional wars that played over Africa did not find ready mouths to sing and people to dance in Zimbabwe. These are a people who have ligated themselves to the bumble path of peace and unity.
The world must help Zimbabwe to curb her inflation by lifting all those sanctions and embargoes. Military cooperation should be reinstated between Zimbabwe and the European countries. Investors should not wait for Mugabe to leave before they go to invest because it would mean they have a secret agenda in Zimbabwe and need s stooge in the name of Morgan Tsvangarai. Finally, Zimbabweans themselves must not sell their land to the highest bidder through the aid of western stooges. They must show their resolve to be free people by rejecting the bait from Tsvangarai. I hope Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mafumo keep singing for Mugabe those freedom songs we heard as teenagers across Africa.
Until then, long Live Mugabe and Long Live Zimbabwe.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.