New Zimbabwe leader must uplift the masses

2017-12-07 06:00

ZIMBABWE’S Robert Mugabe, who was the world’s oldest living head of state, has finally given up office after 37 years of regressive and repressive rule.

Instead of transforming the country into a prosperous place for all Zimbabweans, Mugabe exploited and abused his powers after independence from colonialism.

He basically ruined one of southern Africa’s most thriving economies with his iron grip on power that went unchallenged because of his loyal compatriots who stood by him.

Corruption, greed and nepotism, combined with self-enrichment in the ruling-class circles, “robbed” Zimbabweans of a life of dignity.

It will take many years to undo the damage of decades of authoritarianism and we have yet to discover if the Zimbabwean masses will find respite from gross social despair, high inflation, chronic unemployment and poverty and political tyranny, with the removal of Mugabe and the installation of the new leader.

The political factions seeking power should use Zimbabwe’s resources to uplift the masses and start nation-building, and not use the assets to enrich themselves.



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