If Mugabe had Retired in 1990

Despite the horrors of the Ghukurahundi genocide, cold war politics and international hypocrisy combined to still hold Robert Mugabe in high esteem. Black Diamonds imagines what would have happened had he handed over power to a new leader in 1990, ten years and two terms after independence.

1995

The UN Secretary General has appointed former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to head up the newly created UN Commission on Sustainable Agriculture. The former leader of Africa’s bread basket is taking up his post in New York and will focus on helping developing countries, particularly those associated with the drug industry such as Colombia, Mexico and Afghanistan, move in to agricultural activities that empower local populations and economies with sustainable food production policies and practices. He will also work to assist drought prone regions such as the horn of Africa to implement policies that mirror Zimbabwe’s successful drought farming techniques developed at the world renowned Matopos Research Institute.

2000

Former President of Zimbabwe an elder African statesman has given his full support to land reforms proposed in the Zimbabwean parliament. Explaining that land ownership was a principal reason for the war of independence, Robert Mugabe stated that reform was non-negotiable. He however cautioned parliament to enact the reforms in a sober and coordinated manner to ensure that food security was not threatened. The former revolutionary nevertheless gave glimpses of his former self by declaring that minority land owners “must wake up and smell the coffee before the people express their frustrations in ways that we have long put behind us.”

2005

The African Union has announced the creation of a panel on African Education for the next Millenium (AEM) that will help African governments revolutionise their education policies to help the continent better integrate and compete in the world economy. Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who left a legacy of Africa’s most literate country when he stepped down from office has been unanimously elected to steer the new body. Mugabe fresh from distinguishing himself with his stint at the UN Commission on Sustainable Agriculture is delighted with the appointment saying, “education is my first love and what I am today is a result of that passion. I am honoured by the appointment and look forward to help to make Africa a force to be reckoned with in the global economy through the education of our people.”

2008

America’s first African American President has credited South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as some of the his biggest inspirations. Obama says the title of his book, The Audacity of Hope, was inspired by the triumph of the human spirit exhibited by both Mandela and Mugabe.

2011

Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi has agreed to step down from power and retire on the Syrian coast following a deal brokered by long time comrade and former Zimbabwean Head of State Robert Mugabe and former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan. Mugabe, who is widely respected in Libya for his Pan-Africanist credentials was able to negotiate a ceasefire between rebels from Misrata and Benghazi and national Libyan forces. In the terms of the deal, Gaddafi, his entire family and former chief of intelligence will be granted safe passage to Damascus. A transition government representing all parties in the conflict will run the country until selections scheduled for March next year. European leaders have hailed Robert Mugabe for his diplomacy.

2013

Former Zimbabwean President moved the entire planet to tears when he spoke at the sense of personal loss he felt at the death of his closest friend Nelson Mandela. The main speaker at Johannesburg FNB stadium, a sombre Mugabe revealed that the two spent hours on the phone first discussing the new South Africa and then afterwards, the kind of continent they wished to see in their life time. Mugabe also gently chided the press for always looking for a number one, two or three spot on Africa’s revolutionaries “as if we were a hit parade” adding that revolutionaries had their seasons before briefly invoking Nkhrumah, Kaunda, Machel, Cabral, Nasser and Nyerere as examples of other revolutionaries who were focused on Africa’s liberation and not personal popularity. Mugabe received a standing ovation that seemed to go on and on and the MC was only able to stop the waves of applause by breaking in to a revolutionary song.

2014

Robert Mugabe has given his most stirring speech ever at the just ended Zanu PF congress. Rolling back the years, the revered statesman and liberation war hero gave a precis that could effectively be dubbed “the meaning of Mugabe.” In a solid two hour speech that Fidel Castrol would appreciate, he spoke about herding cattle, the love for books, the stirrings of nationalism, the importance of pan Africanism, land reform and legacy. Mugabe, joked that he was an invited guest in good standing because his party had lived up to the promise of liberation. There wasn’t a dry tear in the stadium when he said this was probably his last speech to congress. Visiting left wing comrades such as Raul Castro, including former British PMs Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, stood up as one to applaud the man who will be fondly remembered as a liberation war hero across the continent and international statesman. American President Barack Obama sent a special message over video link at the conference. Mugabe has received awards from Latin American and Asian countries for his sterling work in food security and is revered in Africa not only for his work in education but also for helping to restore the pride and dignity of Africans.

5 Responses to "If Mugabe had Retired in 1990"

  1. Dumiso Matshazi  November 18, 2014 at 4:52 am

    How differently the progression of global history would have matched. Black Diamond the power of one for good and evil!

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  2. Tony Blair  November 18, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Couldn’t finish reading this. Very naive. And very demeaning – praise from Obama and Europe does not liberate Africans!

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  3. Not Tony Blair  November 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    @Tony Blair – that’s the whole point – by the time ‘praise’ from Obama and Europe comes in the above article, he’d have long liberated Africans because he’d have remained focused on this and strategised on this all along. I think when anyone departs from their core purpose, they demean themselves. He hasn’t entirely departed from it, yet that’s all it took to destabilize the bread basket. And now, we all wait…

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  4. Buddy Ntsong  November 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I agree Robert Mugabe on most issues. However, I still believe very strongly that the massacre of the people of Matebeleland was his lowest point and that he should ask for pardon for that action before he retires or before he leaves this world. That he was praised by many known leaders means nothing, those praises do not absolve him. To quote Milan Kundera: ” …in this world everything is pardoned in advance and therefore everything cynically permitted.” I fear that we shall not advance to a higher plane as the human race if we turn a blind eye to evil actions of “great men”.

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  5. Gotfried Grobbelaar  November 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I believe that Mugabe is one of the worst idiots that ever walked the African continent. He ruined Zimbabwe socially and economically. I also believe that he should be prosecuted for his role in the Matabeleland murders, which can be classified as one of the most horrendous acts ever perpetrated by a deranged leader in the history of Africa.

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