Nonagenarian Robert Gabriel Mugabe has resigned his presidency of Zimbabwe.
Sworn-in as Prime Minister on April 17, 1980, of the new and independent nation of Zimbabwe, Mugabe's long tenure as head of the African nation since his ascension to the presidency in 1987, ended yesterday, November 21, 2017, at the age of 93.
Media reports have described jubilant celebrations marking the end of the era of Mugabe in Harare and across Zimbabwe. His vice-president he fired over a week-ago, Emmerson 'the Crocodile' Mnangagawa, will become the new President.
In wishing the people of Zimbabwe happiness, security and prosperity, I cannot withhold asking the question: now what Zimbabweans? Will one dictator simply yield to another? Have the democratic system and processes matured enough within the Republic of Zimbabwe to allow for needed social growth? What about checks and balances on the reign of power? Is there a plan for economic recovery?
The people of Zimbabwe hold the answers. Yet, I caution the people that transition of power is not always easy and smooth. Revenge, old wounds and vengeance could readily spoil any celebration. However, Zimbabweans are placed in a unique position today to develop a modern Republic which could serve as a model to Africa and to most of the developing world.
My more than usual attention and editorial-pages dedicated to the events in Zimbabwe in the past week, have been deliberate. My full intentions have been to highlight and to bring to consideration a far too often repeated scenario that remains chronic and crippling to developing nations: to wit - how vision, revolution and hope, are easily transformed into despair and corruption via dictatorship.
I affirm that democratic systems with efficient, fair and uncorrupted processes, are keys to beneficial social and economic development. And if the systems or the processes become corrupted anywhere along the line after a glorious revolution, then political turmoil, social upheaval and economic stagnation, will ensue, thus yielding predicaments such as the one playing out in Zimbabwe. Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa and other nations need to take notice.
The vision to national growth and development could only be achieved through non corrupt processes. The protection and happiness of the people must always supersede the wealth accumulation of trusted leaders. So here's to Zimbabwe's new found freedom. May the people ride the steed of freedom to full prosperity.