Zimbabwe - Land of Tears
Zimbabwe has undergone a lot of changes over last few years and not for better. President Robert Mugabe has mystified many in his tyranical dictatorial and power hungry governing of a nation once seen as bread basket of Africa.
In 1980, Zimbabwe got it's independance and after Ian Smith's government Robert Mugabe took power and invited both white and black Zimbabweans to build a new nation together. His fame was not disimilar to Mandela and he was seen as a good thing for Zimbabwe by many.
The nation of Zimbabwe was beautiful, economy strong for an African nation and it's future bright. The nations flag represented agricultural wealth, mineral wealth, politics and peace, with a bird as national emblem. This bird came from a legend that spoke of a bird of prey that preyed on other birds and refused to end it's tyrany until it died - extinction was it's end.
Sadly legend, though it may just be a story, has become somewhat of a reality in nation. The political fervour is still there, but much of agricultural wealth and mineral wealth are suffering a hand of a government that has lost it's peace. Any Zimbabwean, black or white, knows that things have got progressively worse over last few years.
Many blame drought for situation of starvation in Southern Africa, though it is part of problem, real factors are a lot deeper than that. To many, mugabe is senile and mad, but it seems that there is method to his madness. He is truly evil and Marxism is his tool to supress black Africans and rid himself of white Africans.
To Western thinking Mugabe is a mad man, a loose cannon, power hungry and following in steps of Idi Amin. To many other African leaders particularly in Southern Africa, he is a hero, a man who is not afraid to stand up against world and put white population and their sympathisers on run.
For Mugabe this is a battle, he is at war and will clamp down on any and all opposition. The leaders and governments of surrounding nations admire him and have not verbally disapproed of what he is doing. This is because they admire him. Why do I say this? Zimbabwe is totally dependant upon a link to sea via Mozambique and South Africa. If there two countries were against Mugabe they could cut off his lifeline of oil, exports and imports and put him in a straight jacket in under a week.
It is obvious that any landlocked countries in Africa are very vulnerable. Even road and rail routes in Southern Africa are unreliable except to Mozambique and South Africa. If South Africa wanted to it could put a stranglehold on Zimbabwe by closing borders. militaarily, Mugabe is powerful with a huge army, but so are South Africa and Botswana. It can be safely said that no borders will close and no military action will be taken against Zimbabwe.
Sam Nujoma is doing a similar land requisition programme in Namibia and seems to following in his "big brothers" footsteps, he has always admired Mugabe and same programme may soon move ahead in South Africa where ANC has strong ties with Mugabe. In South Africa this crises could easily lead to war.
Mugabe is at war against MDC (Movement For Democratic Change) which he sees as a political party sponsored and supported by white farmers. The leaders of MDC are all native Zimbabweans, but Mugabe knows that much of white population support MDC and encourage their workers to make their vote count against Zanu PF government. The MDC has refused to take up arms against Mugabe fearing that he might call a state of emergency and then run whole country like an army general with no elections or any democratic vote. This is almost case as it is, but MDC has still made a stand despite murder, torture and oppression.
Mugabe has made many promises he hasn't kept including free houses, schools and education by year 2000. The black population as well as whites is becoming increasingly nervous. Most of land that has been taken away has been given to goverment officials within Zanu PF to gain their coontinued support. The army and police have been given substantial pay rises and many perks. Petrol for Zimbabwe was shipped up to war in Congo where thousands of Zimbabwean soldiers were fighting.