Falling Mugabe tries to save himself
Once a man, twice a child they say. We can’t fight nature as we grow old, till the time we can’t walk, eat well and do many things on our own. Robert Mugabe became prime minister of Zimbabwe in 1980, and has been the nation’s president since 1987.
As one of the most hated African presidents both at home and overseas, he has been re-elected to the presidency multiple times, with charges of elections fraud and voter intimidation. It’s hard to understand why one person will be in power for such a lengthy period, when his body can’t even support him in his official duties.
It’s not a secret that many attempts, with foreign support to topple him have failed and all efforts to let him step down have been abortive, so when 90 year-old Mugabe was captured on camera falling, after addressing supporters who gathered to welcome him back from a trip to Ethiopia at the Harare airport, the incident became a widespread mockery, instead of the sympathy he deserves.
Mugabe didn’t take it kindly, as he refused to take his age into consideration. Instead he punished several of his bodyguards for failing to prevent him falling down the steps from the podium. Yet, I believe in the eyes of the general public, Mugabe wouldn’t be happy if any of his bodyguards would have helped him to step down the podium, because he wants everyone to know that he is still a strong man.
Even Jesus would have tripped over such a poorly laid-out carpet,” says Information Minister Jonathan Moyo. The local newspaper, Standard, reported an official investigation into the mishap was launched and about 27 of Mugabe’s security staff being suspended.
After the fall of Mugabe, what’s next? This is what I think is in the mind of everyone, because aged Mugabe has to prepare to step down. It wouldn’t be nice for such a man who played a significant role in ending colonialism in his country to die on seat. This is what the late Nelson Mandela, former South African leader avoided, making him one of Africa’s greatest leaders.