So... Uncle Bob has done it again

2013-08-07 14:30

It’s official Robert Mugabe will be Zimbabwe’s head of state for another five years. I wonder is there a way we can look at this as a cup half full, yes even if it’s curdled milk not water?

Is it possible that this is the lesser of two evils or a case of rather the devil you know than the the devil you don’t?

While enjoying some long overdue family time this weekend, the Zimbabwe elections came up in conversation. Politics is always a typical break from discussing the latest family scandal. We happen to have had a Zimbo in our midst, a highly opinionated one at that. He said something quite poignant. If Tsvangirai is genuinely concerned with democratic leadership then he should have stepped down as the leader of the opposition, or held a democratic election on that level. He seems more concerned about being the next president than supporting democracy.

Being the nerd that I am I had to research this. It seems Mr Tsvangirai has stood as the MDC candidate for the presidential elections not once, not twice but three times. He must have thought the third time was a charm because based on an interview on Carte Blanche he was calm and confident prior to the election results. This makes his outcries of foul play following the results rather telling. It begs the question, had he won would he still be accusing Zanu-PF of rigging the election? It truly makes him seem like a sore loser. Another telling fact is that he has been the opposition leader for fourteen years. Granted, he should be commended for what he has accomplished since he founded the MDC but surely, he must be familiar with the old adage charity starts at home. If he wants Zimbabwe to be led democratically, shouldn’t his own party lead by example?

David Blair of Daily Telegraph raised an excellent point. For someone to stand against the imposing leadership of Mugabe, they must be a force with which to be reckoned. This person should be respected by both their friends and foes. By the looks of things, I have to say Mr. Tsvangirai is not that. It seems to me the more he protests about the election results regardless of claims of legitimate foul play, the more he looks like a baby throwing his toys out of the cot.

But hey, this is just the ramblings of a distant onlooker. What are your thoughts?

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