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Alfred E Neuman
1261843.  Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:41 am Reply with quote

That’s why some people are saying that it’s not a coup - the ruling party is still ruling, they’ll just be putting forward a new leader and president.

Hopefully with Mugabe gone, the next election will be more free and fair than the last few, which may open the door for the opposition.

Alexander Howard
1261942.  Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:37 pm Reply with quote

The odd thing about Mugabe is that although he turned the breadbasket of southern Africa into the basket-case of southern Africa, leaving people starving in the villages and streets and being murdered by the state, he has remained wildly popular. He never won a single election fairly, but he had millions of devoted followers, many of whom were prepared to defend him to the last drop of someone else's blood.

Perhaps if there can only be some openness, a sort of coming-to, then Mugabe's rule can be seen for the horror it was. There is a brief window to get it right, so that country can begin to open up and prosper, as it did before his time.

Junk the whole Mugabe legacy and thrive. I might even come and enjoy a holiday in Southern Rhodesia.

Alexander Howard
1262028.  Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:22 am Reply with quote

I've just see the video of the meeting between General Chiwenga and the President:

Prof Wind Up Merchant
1262577.  Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:24 pm Reply with quote

The military should have put him under house arrest years ago for all those rigged elections.

1262602.  Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:53 pm Reply with quote

I don't envy his successor, trying to clean up that mess and get the country financially stable again.

1262616.  Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:54 pm Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
I don't envy his successor, trying to clean up that mess and get the country financially stable again.

I don't see any evidence yet that they'll be trying to do either of those things - we can but hope.

Alfred E Neuman
1262631.  Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:34 am Reply with quote

Hell, there’s still no evidence that they’ll even be able to get rid of Bob ‘n Grace. Hopefully his eventual successor isn’t going to merely take up where he left off and feather their own nest at the expense of the country.

Alfred E Neuman
1262634.  Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:34 am Reply with quote

Local cartoonist Zapiro’s take on it

Link to Zapiro’s website

1262802.  Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:32 pm Reply with quote

The word 'NOW' can be added. Huzzah.
And now what?

Alfred E Neuman
1262830.  Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:20 pm Reply with quote

Earlier this year I was in Harare on business, and chatting to one of my colleagues there. He’s young, educated and the last person I thought would support Mugabe, but his attitude was very much better the devil you know. I sincerely hope he wasn’t right.

1263045.  Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:06 am Reply with quote

Well, it seems that Mugabe has been replaced by a man who was his right-hand man for decades, and is accused of brutal suppression of political rivals and vote rigging.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

1263052.  Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:13 am Reply with quote

At least it frees up either Mugabe for Strictly Come Dancing next year

Prof Wind Up Merchant
1263988.  Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:33 pm Reply with quote

This Emmerson bloke must hold free and fair elections soon and restore democracy to Zimbabwe to start with.

Alfred E Neuman
1263995.  Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:53 pm Reply with quote

I don’t think many are convinced that he will.

1264011.  Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:40 pm Reply with quote

Dubious claim to fame: I can nearly say I had dinner with former Zimbabwean Cabinet Minister, Nathan Shamuyarira. He came to dinner with my parents but I was very young and can't remember. I suspect I was introduced and then went to bed.


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