I am amazed at the highly unfair reports by the media regarding Mugabe. It seems all media outlets have forgotten the plight of the indigenous people at the hands of the white invaders.
I don't blame Mugabe for kicking them out. However, I wish he had a solid plan to bring stability after his decision. I feel great pain when I see the Zimbabwean people suffering, but in the back of my mind I always wondered if it was just media hype that portrayed the Zimbabwean citizens in a horrendous light to bring shame on Mugabe to get him ousted.
After reading several of the blog comments and this article, I now understand the other side of the story. I will continue to tell people in the States to think critical and think how our black leaders’ characters are dismantled on a daily basis too.
Anyway, I found your website after reading this article on BBC that states: Bloggers inside and outside Zimbabwe give their reactions to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to withdraw from Friday's presidential run-off against Robert Mugabe. The BBC was unable to locate any pro-Mugabe bloggers or internet forums. (as if to say no one supports Mugabe)[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7469700.stm]
I knew when I read BBC's article that it would not be impossible to find pro-Mugabe bloggers or articles that tells a different perspective. Your site confirmed my intuition.
The other side of Mugabe's story is being told, but it is kept very quite. When the white media forces combine to destroy a person's character, there is no stopping them.
Mugabe disgraced white people by giving them a taste of their own medicine (how ironic). In which, white people are very very vengeful. I have yet to see any article pertaining to the vile things whites have done throughout the history of mankind.
Just look at the lies and deceit Bush and his cronies pulled to destroy many lives in the Middle East. To me Bush is far more worse than Mugabe, yet where is the news coverage about his pathetic existence. In the States, we too are brutalized by an ineffective leader.
I wanted to also inform you that Zimbabwe's farming situation would disappear if someone only contacted the Black Farmer's Association here in America.
Our farmers have the knowledge and the equipment to help your farms become productive once again. They can also train citizens how to run a large farm properly. Our black farmers are suffering from racial discrimination here in the States. I know they would be more than willing to go where they will be appreciated and respected.
This is absolute hogwash. It is impossible to make up the millions of refugees and displaced persons even now that continue to flood South Africa and Namibia. It is impossible to deny that these murders are sanctioned by the government, perhaps not directly involved at the highest levels, but not doing anything to stop it. Yes, Mugabe was a hero in the liberation struggle to free Africa from colonial powers.
But his time has long past. He has become stuck, stagnant in those years of war and suspicion. It is time for Africa to wake up - there is no need to look for a neo-colonial bogeyman who is out to "get" Africa, why would they when we do it to ourselves. Perhaps this had not always been about democracy but that is no excuse to deny that a grave miscarriage of justice had occurred, that people are fleeing, starving. Wake up Africa! Your people need you.
I really am in agreement with this writer. He wrote what I believe most people including some sections of the Zimbabwean population are ignorant of. This is a good article calling a spade a spade. I applaud you for publishing it. Thank you on behalf of real Zimbabweans.
Robert Mugabe may have started out as a champion for the African struggle, but with absolute power, his once noble ideals have been corrupted. His statements flagrantly deny liberty and democracy to survive. He is a dictator.
Dear Mr Amengeo, I read your article with deep shock! Actually that mentality you possess is what makes Africa lag behind. So what if Mugabe fought the imperial rule? That doesn’t justify him butchering innocent Zimbabweans who want to exercise their democratic right of choosing the leader they want. Please think and reason like a learned person before you give your narrow opinion.
Edward Oketch (Human Rights activist based in Netherlands)
This is a great article. Can you publish it in a bigger way which would create bigger debate?
There is a sense here that if one person fought for the liberation of a country, that gives him the eternal right to leadership. With such a view, I disagree! If Mugabe is to rule till death to justify the sanctity of the liberation struggle, then I think that practice in itself defies liberation.
What Mandela showed at his recent birthday celebration in London is a cry for freedom that goes across the board. Let's assume that Morgan is a puppet of the West; why hasn't a moderate like Simba Makoni who served in that government been chanced to rule Zimbabwe? Except we start telling our own leaders the truth about inordinate quest to hang on, we will remain blind over the mass of citizens herded outside for the solace of outsiders, whose generosity may not always be there.
Let us look forward to the day that liberation will mean liberation for all beyond the elites bent on imposing themselves on their people, at all cost. This is neither acceptable to Westerners nor Africans. We must do something about this power greed.
Gbawu F. Woiwor