Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri once said “A political system based on force, oppression, changing people’s votes, killing, closure, arresting and using Stalinist and medieval torture, creating repression, censorship of newspapers, interruption of the means of mass communications, jailing the enlightened and the elite of society for false reasons, and forcing them to make false confessions in jail, is condemned and illegitimate.”
Today we see exactly that as Robert Mugabe, a once revered liberation war hero in the struggle for Zimbabwe independence transforming himself into a murderous despot bent on arresting anyone who does not agree with him; creating an environment where people are born and die without ever had held a job in their lives; manipulating currency and printing useless paper he calls money; and turning the affairs of the country into a family affair.
Mugabe must know his limits and understand that even his own children do not always agree so I don’t understand why he expect all of us to toe his line and just agree to his absurd policies. Why does he keep on arresting people who disagrees with him?
And also where is the army? In Egypt, when the masses started to demand their constitutional rights, the police disappeared and the army refused to fire on protesters. Here in Zimbabwe we have a saying that says, “huku ikadya mazai inopiswa muromo” (cull the egg-eating chicken). Mugabe is that chicken that is eating its own eggs and must be culled immediately.
The army must move in and do the right thing for the country. Because of his paranoia, his advanced age, and his obsession to see his wife take over as the next president of Zimbabwe, Mugabe is now a security threat to his own country.