Robert Mugabe’s tyranny continues to unfoldApril 17, 2007 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Miscellania, Politics | 2 Comments
Remember in one of my first posts how I made some of my opinions known of the Zimbabwe crisis that is of President Mugabe’s own making? Well, news there continues of course and I thought it pertinent to continue to check out the situation there. This Robert Mugabe is very bold and has no sense of humility or shame. Read these two articles and see for yourself:
My favorite quote from the first article is from the Minister of Information and Publicity Sikhanyiso Ndlovu: “Pro-opposition and Western organizations masquerading as relief agencies continue to mushroom, and the government has annulled the registration of all NGOs in order to screen out agents of imperialism from organizations working to uplift the wellbeing of the poor.” So to be clear, Zimbabweans are starving, the government is acknowledging that there is a real food shortage and that it is a crisis, but Mugabe is so consumed with keeping power that he’s more interested in checking the neutrality of NGOs (non-governmental organisations) that provide vital food aid then he is letting them continue their work. He’d rather see more Zimbabweans starve–at this point regardless of their political affiliation, then have food agencies help the citizens because some are allegedly helping the opposition. Does not this man realise that the poorer the average citizen becomes, the less popular he will be? Whether he does or not is immaterial: he is so consumed with power that he either is living in a bubble where he cannot logically connect the two aforementioned points together, or he knows his regime is in real danger of falling and is going for broke–crushing even any hint of opposition feeling he has nothing to lose.
To be sure, Mugabe does have a lot to lose. He has become addicted to power in no small part because of the luxuries it affords him–the comforts of large housing, wealth and bountiful food. He’s had this for 27 years and does not want to lose it. Mugabe has become a tyrant and Zimbabwe a tyranny. In some ways, Zimbabwe is beginning to resemble Kim-Jong il’s North Korea, but with one very major difference–Zimbabweans remember when their country was referred to as Africa’s “bread basket”–they have clear memories of when the country was prosperous and most know that it is Mugabe who is to blame despite his vicious restrictions on the press, unlike in North Korea where the great majority have no memory of anything better than the total poverty that they live in and have been brainwashed into believing that the rest of the world is even worse off.
As a final note, some food for thought: what is the difference between a tyranny, a kleptocracy and a technocracy? I’d appreciate some feedback on this question; political-science definitions vary and the term I used for standard authoritarian governments, “technocracy”, may be inaccurate or inadvertently made up.