'Look beyond Robert Mugabe'

2012-08-02 11:41

Cape Town - Zimbabwean constitutional expert Professor Lovemore Madhuku says it is wrong for Zimbabwe’s reform agenda to be set around getting President Robert Mugabe out of power, a report said on Wednesday.

According to The Zimbabwe Mail, Madhuku told representatives of selected influential Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) media groups in Harare that Mugabe was aware that "the West, some media organisations and the opposition wanted him out of power as their reform agenda".

"Everything is about Mugabe getting out. And he does not want to get out. He knows people want him out. That has been the difficult part. Everything is about Mugabe getting out. It's not what society ultimately wants. And that is the biggest mistake," Madhuku said.

He said there was need to look beyond Mugabe and address issues that would ultimately put in place a leadership that people desired.

Madhuku said he got irritated with the agenda of embassies such as the US where every discourse was about getting Mugabe out of power.

"I get irritated. I don't think we can get anywhere with such kind of reform," he said.

He said the US wanted free and fair elections in Zimbabwe without looking at the contents of the constitution which to him was a dishonest approach.

A new constitution, which is to be put to a public referendum, is one of Zimbabwe's main reforms ahead of elections to replace an uneasy coalition formed by Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai three years ago.

The coalition was designed to prevent the country from tipping into wider conflict in the aftermath of a bloody presidential election.


  • tatsee - 2012-08-02 11:57

    We cant look beyond when he is blocking the view-there is no looking beyond when he is in the picture.

      Squeegee - 2012-08-02 12:54

      What a view! Mugabeless! Hollowhead has to die eventually.

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-08-02 12:20

    “Let's the people of Zimbabwe solve their problem”-President Mugabe.

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-08-02 13:07

      And how will they solve it through blood shed, massacres, violence, corruption... hardly seems a solution to me! And it affects the rest of Southern Africa with illegal border crossings, cross border raids, refugees, crime, loss of investment.... That haven't solved it on their own for the last 20 years, what makes you think they capable of doing it now??

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-02 19:03

      Yes Msaka, at the last election they told him to f**k off, and all they got for the message was death and destruction. The previous election they also told him to f**k off and he rigged the results. How are they supposed to solve their problem?

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-02 12:37

    At your peril......

  • Alfjoe - 2012-08-02 12:43

    One moment he is criticising the referundum and nw he is talking ths rubish, is he on mugabe's payrol?

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-02 12:46


  • Gavin - 2012-08-02 12:51

    he's been there for what, 30 years +, and according to this genius we must simply look beyond the cancer that has all but killed this country ?????? what are you f'ing blind ? even after mugarbage dies, there are still his bum chums to sort out. mugabe is the worst thing that's ever happened to this great country, it will take years for them to recover. anyone who think highly of this piece of $hit deserves a kick in the balls.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-02 19:54

      While you were creating a caricuture out of Mugabe, Zimbabweans have: -taken the lands, for good -increased black ownership on the ZSE -moved into ownership of the mines -expanded ownership of the banking industry to blacks etc etc etc etc...........

      jacques.marneweck.5 - 2012-08-12 17:29

      Should we praise people that dig their own graves??? Must you be reminded that zim went from being the bread basket to the beggars basket thanks to those greedy idiots? Ok let the numbers talk you agree that the largest land grabs started in 2001 yes? And you understand that economics show the wellbeing of a country right? Let's look at how those actions had a effect on inflation. 2001 112%, 2002 199%, 2003 599%, 2004 132%, 2005 585%, 2006 1300%, 2007 66000% O and here comes the punch line it is hard to really understand the hate Mugabe has for his people 2008 90 000000000000000000000% < You know this was only possible thanks to the hard work of those Zimbabweans. Every day they go to bed with a smile thinking i wonder how many people starved today thanks to me, or how many people jumped the border to try and find worked and then got beaten to death. It is so worth it because now the few elite of Zanu PF have a bit more spending money.

  • deon.rossouw.56 - 2012-08-02 12:51

    Professor Lovemore Madhuku; interesting name

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-02 13:09

    Old Bobster the mobster. Its time to step of your presidential throne.

  • jabulani.ngwenya.90 - 2012-08-02 13:10

    definately, if u want to look beyond something, say a mountain, you have to remove it form your way, otherwise your efforts will be useless.

      wdvilliers - 2012-08-02 19:19

      Just walk around it or climb it and then you realy have a beyond...

  • - 2012-08-02 14:41

    There will never be free and fair elections whilst Mugabe holds the reins. Clinging onto power by all means foul is what he's all about.

  • effect.molepo - 2012-08-02 18:45

    What happened to GUKURAHUNDI the army that was trained in NORTH KOREA in the 80s that wiped all NDEBELE SPEAKING PEOPLE in matelebeleland? Now he is killing all zimbabweans to stay in power

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-02 19:07

      Effect Molepo, last time I was home in Bulawayo it was quite apparent that not all Ndebele speaking people in Matabeleland had been wiped out. Your stupid hyperbole serves no purpose. About 20 000 people were mudered by the Fifth Brigade under the command of Perence Shiri who reported to Emerson Mnangagwa. I might mention there is no statute of limitations on crimes against humanity.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-08-02 18:57

    We do look beyond him and there is a sea of chimp brothers.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-02 19:49

    Many enemies of Mugabe are so confused about Zimbabwean nationalism. They think that removing Mugabe will shut up all the nationalists that back him up now. Mugabe is just but a tool for Zimbaweans. Indegenous ownership and control of Zimbabwe with minimal western influences has always been and will remain their goal, with or without Mugabe! Mugabe had the front to challenge wealthy white landowners who exploited the local population. If any whites are mystified as to why Mugabe remains so popular among black South Africans, there is your reason.

      teboh.rapheal - 2012-08-10 16:47

      thanks to courageous people like MUGABE and the backing of african people.we would slowly move from the mouth of unscrupulous aryan inslavers.who have now tranformed thier domination to foreign investement;etc.claiming to creat jobs hohoho but we dont want aryan inslavers to creat jobs for us.we must own and control means of production in the land of our ancestors.aryans in the aryan land and africa for africans point.

  • jacques.marneweck.5 - 2012-08-12 02:33

    Zimbabwe will never fix itself, it's people just run to other countries, the fighting spirit to throw other oppressive leadership you find in most other countries is nonexistent. I do not like preaching war, war is a sign of weakness, a sign that we fail to be more than beasts. If Mugabe was a honorable man he would have step down when his people said no instead he just raped the last bit of soul out of his country. And the African Union is just put in place to make sure that any foreign support to local struggles will be spread as colonists interfering and in sighting war. Remember the AU is there protect the leadership of Africa not its people. Remember Libya? They did not cry out for the people fighting and dying in the street but for its leadership. The people of Zimbabwe as a hole must take a good look at their leadership and the company they keep and act like the brave people of Libya. As a South African I am disgusted with our leadership praising the leadership of Zimbabwe they really don't care for the suffering of people that they can't use anymore.

  • oliver.lankes.3 - 2012-08-12 15:45

    Emagine Bob and his croonies where white, would everybody also just stand back and watch ?

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