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Zim should be Africa powerhouse: Ibrahim

2012-10-15 21:17

London - Zimbabwe should be a powerhouse in Africa but its stagnant political leadership under President Robert Mugabe is holding it back, good governance advocate Mo Ibrahim said Monday.

The founder of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance told AFP that Zimbabweans needed to "get their act together" if the country headed by 88-year-old Mugabe was to end its political impasse and move forward.

And African leaders should be brutally honest in criticising heads of government who drag their countries down, the Sudan-born telecoms tycoon said.

He was speaking after his foundation announced that for the third time in four years it would not award its Prize for Achievement in African Leadership - the world's biggest individual prize - as no suitable candidates were found.

Ibrahim said: "Zimbabwe should have been a success story. It is a wonderful country with wonderful resources but unfortunately is at a political impasse. That is really a problem.

"We really hope the Zimbabwean people will somehow come together to resolve this impasse and enable the country to move forward.

"It's unfortunate to have this kind of stagnation in the political scene which is affecting the performance of the country.

"The Zimbabwean people are among some of the best-educated Africans and very enterprising. So let's hope that they get their act together and somehow we see Zimbabwe rising again."

Collegiate atmosphere

A shaky power-sharing government was formed in 2009 following violent polls. Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai struck a deal to avoid a tip into a full-fledged conflict.

"The past generation, most African leaders came from freedom-fighting, liberation movements. A good fighter is not necessarily a good governor. It takes different skills to run a country," Ibrahim said.

Zimbabwe ranked 47th out of 52 African countries in the 2012 Ibrahim Index unveiled on Monday, with a score of 34 out of 100 - making it the worst-performing country in the otherwise high-ranking southern Africa.

Ibrahim said there was a "collegiate atmosphere" among African leaders where they do not criticise one another publicly.

"We hope this is changing. We need to have the courage to stand up and say look, this is wrong," he said.

"If you look in a mirror and see an ugly face, maybe you are really ugly. It's not the fault of the mirror. We need to be a little bit more brutal in order to move forward. We need more honesty to say the tough things.

"We should be free to really say the truth wherever it is needed."

Comments
  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-15 21:29

    tell this to malema he is giving one to old bob

  • frederick.kaczynski - 2012-10-15 21:47

    you mean zim was a powerhouse - before those who couldn't play the game cheated.

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-15 21:56

    No progress where the brothers have their hands in !!!

  • kay.dumisani - 2012-10-15 22:01

    Mo Ibrahim is just peddling an imperialist agenda. True African leaders like Thabo Mbeki are not rewarded, because they have a true African agenda unlike sellouts like Mandela or desmond Tutu. Robert Mugabe who is truly empowering Africans will not be rewarded when he finally retires. But he should not retire and leave a puppet. He must continue to empower Africans truly with their land and mineral resources. Why should whites be the only beneficiaries of Afriocan land and minerals. Why are black african platinum miners is SA still living in shacks whilst in Australia platinum miners do not live in shacks, yet the world price of platinum is the same. Even in Zimbabwe, platinum miners do not live in shacks. Their kids go to school and they have clinics and other amenities. For that Bob will not be rewarded by imperialist puppets. Mandela and Tutu will be rewarded for making sure the black South African miners stay in shacks and their kids remain uneducated, so they can remain cheap labour for the imperialist. Sorry, Africa has woken up. Shine the torch on the continent Bob. We true Africans love you. The land and minerals belong to us. Even if we cannot mine it, leave it in the ground till we can. Because if we are not benefitting anyway, rather leave it there

      keith.ngobeni - 2012-10-15 22:45

      Surely you're not talking about the Zimbabwe that we know where miners are getting paid R1.500 a month for working 7 days a week and for 16hrs shift a day, on top of that they're getting beaten and abused by the Chinese and told to get over it by your Mugabe because Zimbabwe cannot afford to loose their Chinese counterpart. You clearly don't know what you're talking about there's no empowerment in Zimbabwe it's only Mugabe and his inner circle of cronies who are well up, ordinary people are starving to death people dry used tea bags on the washing line so that they can use them again and again. Stop your nonsense Mugabe has destroyed Zimbabwe the whole towns and cities of that country can go for days without running water, if you call that a success you're very delusional human being.

      kay.dumisani - 2012-10-16 00:00

      Keith.Ngobeni needs to be re-educated. No platinum mine is Zim is owned by the chinese. But even if they were so what. It is their prerogative. They own them. Get it in your head Keith. They decide who they want, not the stupidity exhibited here in SA. Why do you say Chinese investment is bad and not European. Re-educate yourself you fool

      teddy.beer.319 - 2012-10-16 05:24

      @Tapfumanei. Calling someone a son of a whore just shows how stupid you are. We are talking conditions of the African person and we need civility. Ko kutukirira ndicho chii? Does that make your point better? Infact it reflects badly on us as Africans mukoma. Make your point and the world will take note.

      smith.mbele.7 - 2012-10-16 08:06

      Calling someone a son of a whore simply because they are making a valid point proves the fact yet again that Mr Ibrahim was right by saying no African leader was suitable for the award... It starts with citizens that are illiterate and call each other names... No different to our vision-less president...

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-16 08:55

      Why dont you go to Zimbabwe and live there if all is so wonderful? I know you have not even visited the country. Sewerage flows in the streets. The water in Harare is not treated and causes cholera. Bulawayo has no water. The Government Hospitals cannot treat anyone as they have no drugs or competent staff. Trips on the intercity roads is a nightmare of illegal tolls and bribes for corrupt police. When attacked by the Chipangano thugs in Harare or Ashabab in Kwekwe you cannot report them to the police because you will be arrested for criminal defamation. When the truck drivers in South Africa go on strike the shops soon have no goods on them as they import all their food. All this took place in since 2000. Why because the rule of law was abrogated. Zimbabweans live in abject poverty with an average lifespan in the mid 30's. Mugabe through his power hungry greed has destroyed the bread basket of Southern Africa, and you think this is wonderful. You are clearly an ignorant, vicious, uncaring idiot.

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-19 14:44

      Get your head out of your backside. Mugabe is empowering nobody apart from himself and his cronies. Ask the millions of Zimbabweans forced to leave the country to find work.

      Beckie Knight - 2013-08-19 09:53

      This Mo Ibrahim person is REALLY getting on my nerves! Read more.... http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Mo-Ibrahims-Inequality-Concerns-20130818 He DARES to compare Africa and America - twit!

  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-10-15 22:13

    Yes Kay! Let the torch burn! They ran out of electricity too!

      kay.dumisani - 2012-10-15 22:16

      Leave Africa without its electricity. Do those platinum miners in Mandela's SA have electricty. We would rather stay without electricity but own what belongs to us

      kay.dumisani - 2012-10-15 23:49

      That Keith.ngobeni above has no clue what he is talking about. There is no platinum mine in Zimbabwe owned by the Chinese. Any anyway if it was what is wrong with that. So the only investors that are accepatable to you are white investors. Again you are a victim of propaganda this time against the Chinese. All platinum mines in Zimbabwe were onwed by SA companies, Implants for instance, that owns Zimplats. But thanks to the revolutionary leadership of one Robert Mugabe, it is now 51% Zimbabwean owned. Go to Monash university in Honeydew, go to Rhodes University or Fort Hare or Wits University or UCT or UWC or any other varsity in SA, not to mention Zimbabwe itself, or universties in the USA, UK, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Cananda or Cuba and find out how the true African called Robert Mugabe is truly empowering black africans, not this smiling at whites that Mandela and Tutu do.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-16 08:19

      kay. I am a supporter of people Africa having a bigger sharing in the wealth of this continent, but your reference on Zim was not a good example. Yes, I know the country. Most in Sub-Sahara. The businesses and farmers in Zim was sitting too long with their head in the sand ignoring reform, but Mugabe was doing it wrong. His intentions was political and financial driven and that was why he did it wrong. Good example is Botswana. Some of the same intention when he was/is involved in Katanga Province(DRC) Chinese is not your bets long term investors. You and I both know the reasons. Did you ever visit the Copper-belt in Zambia. Did you ever saw the hills covered with white crosses? Did you ever spoke with miners in ZIM and ZAM? It is true that something must be done, but it must be a long term solution/maintainable. There was a time that we thought Thabo Mbeki was on the right track, but we all know what happened.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-16 08:59

      It is exactly because you have electricity and all the life improving applianceces, that you are able to spout such arrant rubbish. Your attitude is "I'm okay but the poor must suffer for African dignity".

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-19 14:46

      @kay Do some research. Who built the processing plants for Zimplats?

  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-10-15 22:22

    Left in the dark.......again!

      kay.dumisani - 2012-10-15 22:31

      We are in the dark anyway in our shacks, so what do we have to loose. We have woken up, in the name of Robert Mugabe. You still think we buy stupid propaganda that says Mandela and Tutu liberated us. That Thuli Madonsela is doing good because she toes the line. Well, Juju and Bob are our true liberators. So is Thabo Mbeki. If Mo Ibrahim was not toeing the imperialist agenda true African heroes like Robert Mugabe, Julius Malema or Thabo Mbeki are true heroes who truly deserve the prize. The African people epitomised by these true African heroes have woken up. Let the world tremble. Maybe the only true African to get this prize is Joachim Chissano

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-16 09:01

      Kay you lie, a computer runs on electricity.

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-19 14:47

      Poor kay. I bet his daddy drives a big mercedes but he deperately wants to feel oppressed. Most definitely a spoilt little brat

      modernmetaphysicist.modern - 2013-01-16 15:32

      @kay. wtf you on about, really. You talking so much BS you believe it, shut the hell up you silly egit. The minerals in africa is as much yours as they are mine, as they are every born african's and they are every humans, you are not special because you are black or because your uneducated opinion believes you to be the proud owner of minerals. just wake up please, you a total disgrace to humans, now shut your pc down as you might use up all the electricity you don't have. Fool

  • andy.andrews.359126 - 2012-10-15 22:32

    African leaders will never criticize each other cos they all do the same as each other. THEY ALL STEAL FROM THE POOR AND KEEP THEM UNEDUCATED..

  • kenneth.kgosi - 2012-10-16 06:50

    Uncle Ruckus on Boondocks wont like dis..an african speaking so much sense.Bravo 'Our president missed out poor leadership..

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-16 07:00

    Sounds like he's refering to SA to me.

  • mrtshabangu - 2012-10-16 08:00

    You go to hell Ibrahim with your stinking world prizes of achievement.That does not measure our worth as ZIMBABWEANS,concentrate on your war torn SUDAN and leave ZIMBABWE alone.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-16 09:08

      Thats right so it can sink into a morass of serwerage and corruption where pigs like you will sit on the dead bodies of the poor black people. You are as criminal as Mugabe Mnangagwa and Shiri who committed genocide, and then became so corrupt their stench has drifted around the world. YOU IDIOT.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-16 09:18

      George, Bulawayo has no water, why do think that is so? It is because under the wonderful leadership of ZANU PF no dams have been built since 1975. In 1975 Bulawyo had a population of 300 000 its now approximately 1 000 000. They use about 50% more water than was used in 1975. The other problem is that the storage dams are silting up so they actually hold less water. You want to be left alone to live with this gross incompetence of civic and natinal management. What have you got to say about the +/- 20 000 murdered by the Fifth Brigade under the command of Perence Shiri and direction of Emmerson Mnangagwa and Robert Mugabe? You are an embarrassment to the good people of Bulawayo.

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-19 14:49

      Yes, pretend that everything is fine while your people starve, viva Africa

  • mmeli.mdluli - 2012-10-16 09:47

    Pushing people forward simply because of their colour, irrespective of merit, would be most unfortunate and would of course lead to disaster. It would mean that Rhodesia would then develop into a kind of banana republic where the country would in no time be bankrupt." "To those who say derogatory things about colonialism, I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing." "Let me say it again. I don't believe in black majority rule ever in Rhodesia, not in a thousand years." these were the words of Ian Smith many years ago. today these words hold true to zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa

      raps.magans - 2012-10-16 10:50

      you are a fool my brother,a stupid fool,if you support colonialism you can as well aid a rapist to rape your own mother by jovially undressing her ....some white people were against colonialism/aparthied as well as the majority of black people are and still,but we hear you saying colonialism was good!!you need to be educated, a physically exhausting and mentally depriving rigourous training so as re-align your thick gray matter, thats what you need,i am very sorry to say so,but you are one kind of a dump black fool,a stupid-one.

      mmeli.mdluli - 2012-10-16 15:10

      Mugabe had summoned Smith to Government House and Smith was surprised to be greeted with a warm handshake and a broad smile; after all, the country's new Marxist leader had promised his people that, come liberation, he would have Smith publicly hanged in Harare's main square. At that meeting, Mugabe told Smith he was acutely aware that he had inherited from his old adversaries, the whites, a jewel of a country, and he praised its superb infrastructure, its efficient modern economy, and promised to keep it that way. Smith, completely disarmed, rushed home in a state of excitement, and, over lunch, told his wife, Janet, that perhaps he had been wrong about a black government being incapable of running his beloved Rhodesia. "Here's this chap, and he was speaking like a sophisticated, balanced, sensible man. I thought: if he practises what he preaches, then it will be fine. And for five or six months it was fineā€¦" The simple, trusting banality of Ian Smith's words may, in fact, offer more clues to the catastrophe that has been Rhodesia/Zimbabwe over the past half-century than any number of political or academic tracts. The point is Mugabe was not the sophisticated, balanced, sensible man Smith had briefly hoped for. Even as he was shaking Smith's hand, he was plotting the destruction of another group of political enemies, the Matabele, and was soon to send Korean-trained troops into Matabeleland to conduct a campaign of torture and murder that has still to be fully exposed.

  • raps.magans - 2012-10-16 10:55

    if you believe everything that comes from these guys mouth you can as well believe that south africa is in europe.

      mmeli.mdluli - 2012-10-16 14:10

      Substantiate your position Raps and i will do so mine. Calling me a stupid fool isnt debate by any standard. Engage me openly.

      raps.magans - 2012-10-17 08:52

      mmeli,the only sorry i can give you is i didnt enough time debate with you cause i am dealing with very important things as of lately apart from wasting my precious time debating with a fool... my brother,many people were killed,a generation was lost,africans forced to work for nothing ,invaders taking our gold and resources for free and sent it to the native countries,women raped,nothing positive came out of aparthied or colonialsim worse that analysis coming from a black dude...sorry man,i dont have time to engage with you on your stupid assessment . america and europe is were it is now thanks to the plundering of african resources apart from the cheap forced slave labour they got.civilisation,my foot,they never brought to you my bro,they brought those machine to help themselves not to help you...think smart bro.

  • Spencer Muswandigere - 2012-10-16 11:13

    Robert Mugabe is a true african King,if you give education to people it means you have given them power and thats what Robert Mugabe exactly did knowing this investment will bring future fruits that we Zimbabweans should be enjoying,White farmers took them more than a century to get their farming skills where they are today,so that time they disadvantaged us we should also take with our land they forcefully grabbed from us,how poor we performing of course you can mock us but its only ten years now and remember government have been investing largely and been doing good until this party sharing erupted.Many Zimbabweans in South Africa are there because the europeans and americans sabotaged the industries they where running so as to confuse my our fellow brothers and sisters to hail the land reform programme,spearheaded by propaganda they spread through their mass media,Majority of Zimbabweans will Vote for President Mugabe and thats why Tsvangirayi will never rule Zimbabwe he is just enjoying money he gets from white farmers who gave back land to its owners and i hope its now for last time since its crystal clear he cant contest a Lion his Excellency Robert Gabriel Mugabe, may God continue to guide you until we cross river Jordan called babylon system you are our Moses,Zimbabwe what a true african success story,i hope and pray our fellow black south african brothers and sisters will also have successful land reform which i hope wont be,so posts from white people criticising Angel Gabriel we see them as vanity and we already rich because land is economy nevertheless not fully enjoying profits yet time is great healer our second generation will cherish this achievenent,only dread can take over that means righteous living man dont lie about genocide we know Zimbabwe history because we learnt it that we can implement we won babylon system once and for all

      bob.spaps.1 - 2012-10-16 12:50

      you and a lot of others fools obviously did not go to school

      bob.spaps.1 - 2012-10-16 12:53

      why dont you and the other morons pi%% off back to your sh*& whole

      mmeli.mdluli - 2012-10-16 14:20

      But Robert Mugabe inherited a sound education system build by Smith and lot. Mugabe diluted that system and eventually destroyed it. So what education are you talking about? Mugabe inherited a sound economy and what remains of it today? Mugabe inherited a good economy with an industrial base in Bulawayo, what remains of it today? Worship all you want. How many of his people have packed to follow the white slave masters in Europe , US, Canada, Australia etc including following white capitalists in South Africa? What has the so called freedom done for you?

      mmeli.mdluli - 2012-10-16 15:17

      and peharps one newspaper summed it better just after Ian Smith died, Today, Zimbabwe is a failed state with a non-functioning economy, a once-flourishing agricultural sector now moribund, and a population on the brink of starvation. According to a UN Development Programme index, life expectancy there today is one of the lowest in the world. So much for liberation. Although the first 20 years of Mugabe's rule saw a slow, somewhat even-paced decline, the calamitous collapse has been achieved in little more than half a decade, an extraordinary feat of self-destruction when one considers that it took more than a century for Ian Smith's white antecedents to carve a modern, functioning, European-style society out of raw African bushveld. But that has been the story of post-colonial Africa and, although this week's obituaries will largely dismiss Smith as a colonial caricature, a novelty politician from another age, if you were to go to Harare today and ask ordinary black Zimbabweans who they would rather have as their leader - Smith or Mugabe - the answer would be almost unanimous. And it would not be Mugabe. It is perfectly ironic that Mugabe's deputy information minister, Bright Matonga, when told of Smith's death this week, described him as a man "who brought untold suffering to millions of Zimbabweans". Those words surely apply more to his own leader than to Ian Smith.

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-19 14:53

      If your country is such a wonderful success then why doesn't it have its own currency? Or electricity, or food and millions of people living in the country next door?

  • Thomas Mugayi - 2012-10-16 15:35

    @teddy it will be difficult for you to stay on this continent coz Africans(mostly zimbabweans) they are far more educated in such a way that they are not gonna shut up looking at white(the west) draining their wealth.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-17 12:54

      @Thomas....Question= What white people are draining the wealth from your Zim? Your country has not permitted many white Corporate Business there for how many years? If Mugabe was so wonderful and successful in making Zimbabwe a wealth hive of success...why do we have all the Zims LIVING IN S.A? It's very sad...because Mugabe does have style and charisma....just a pity he enjoys the luxury of a GOOD LIFE..which is what a good leader is untitled to....but only AFTER he has made life successful for his citizens first, with a thriving economy for ALL TO BENEFIT....

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-19 14:55

      Errr Thomas, I hate to tell you this but the west couldnt care less about your piss pot nation

      Mike Stowell - 2013-08-19 12:51

      Who says Zims are the most educated Africans? Those stats are hard to prove. Thats what Bob's propaganda is good at telling his converted supporters yet millions of his country man wallo in abject povety and ignorance brought on by his ruionous economic policies. At this rate of decline l wont be surprised if the Chinese or the Arabs reconolise Zimbabwe is totally indiginised

  • Thomas Mugayi - 2012-10-16 15:40

    Why Zim to be the power house? It's just that Ibrahim has been paid to motivate Zimbabweans to rebel against their leaders like what the Sudanese have done,blood is all over Sudan. Forget it Ibrahim Zimbabweans are far more educated than Sudanese!!!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-17 12:36

    No Freedom Fighter can ever be successful at Running a country as a President....they don't have the correct mindset and education. Being a head of the land requires a diverse individual with discipline and knowledge of Economics, be strong in Civic,police,the law of the land and a dedication to improve the lives of his subjects. It's NO WONDER...No African President has recently received the IBRAHAM AWARD....most heads of countries in Africa (as we all know) are corrupt and steal the peoples money.How great that day....when maybe one leader STANDS OUT and makes a turn around for his people, to the point they attract World Wide Attention with the winnings of success. There's a challenge for Africa....I love this Continent and so wish this dream could become a possibility in the future....AFRICA....TIME IS RUNNING OUT....RISE UP.....VOTE FOR WISEMEN TO BE YOUR LEADERS.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-10-19 13:26

    Sorry to say this, but ..... we TOLD you in 1992 and 1993 that all this would happen. You should've listened guys - should've LISTENED!

  • Beckie Knight - 2013-08-19 09:52

    Zimbabwe must "... get "its" act together..." What a bloody joke! Words, words, words. Couldn't the United Nations perhaps have "united" Zimbabwe? In fact, since the United Nations' "peace-keeping" soldiers in the DRC have been raping innocent women - perhaps the United Nations could have a small word in Mugabe's ear - I mean, the UN is SO united, isn't it? giggle, bloody, giggle!!!

  • Mike Stowell - 2013-08-19 12:36

    If Truth be told of the matter is Zimbabweans are tired of one Mugabe and his inner cabal of thugs looting all the nationilised resources for them and their immediate families and two of the multi national companies exploiting them of their labour and mineral wealth. They are between a rock and a hard place which are further aggrivated by the ruinous so called targeted sanctions that in no way hurt Mugabe or his buddies but in actual fact cause more harm than good to an average Zimbabwean

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