Happy Birthday, Mr. President.
Posted by Exile on February 12, 2007
Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, will be celebrating his 83rd birthday on the 21st of this month. Normally, the ruling ZANU-PF party would hold a big celebration for him, but this year things are going to be a bit different. With inflation running at 1600%, there is a limited amount of cash to use, so supporters are out trying to raise 1,2 million dollars to finance the birthday bash.
Zimbabwe has been going downhill since Mugabe instigated the murder of white farmers and reduced the county’s food supply to a minimum. Health workers and government officials have not been paid. Education is not what it was as teachers too, are not being paid enough. Schools are closing. In fact, the whole country is falling apart under Mugabe’s idiotic and despotic rule.
Of course, none of this is Mr. Mugabe’s fault. Well, not according to him. It’s everybody else that is to blame. Great Britain, the US, and other African states all bear culpability. Not him.
I would like to point out, that where running a country is concerned, there is only one letter that makes the difference between “run” and “ruin”. Strangely enough, that letter is “I”. First person, singular. But I daresay that would be wasted on Mr.Mugabe.
The world has its share of despotic regimes. Cuba. Zimbabwe. Iran. North Korea. Saudi. We see it all around us.
Castro is dying. Mugabe is ageing. Their natural lifetime is nearly up. Unfortunately, the ravages that time wreaks upon them as individuals will not undo all the damage they have done.
That will take even more time to repair. Long after their inevitable end.
I will not be celebrating Mr.Mugabe’s birthday. Nor Castro’s. Nor any of the other self appointed “great leaders”. With a little luck, I may be around long enough to celebrate their demise.