Zim hopes for redemption

After many years of flagging economic fortunes, millions of Zimbabweans have hope again.

After many years of flagging economic fortunes, millions of Zimbabweans have hope again.

Hope that their beloved country - plundered and looted by greedy politicians - has a really good chance of starting all over again.

That hope has come about as a result of watershed elections which, unlike in the past, were relatively free of state-sponsored violence. They are poised to usher in a new era for a people subjected to Robert Mugabe's painful dictatorship.

Holding the key to the rehabilitation of a country on its knees is opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC. They do so in the face of unimaginable mismanagement of the country by Mugabe and his cronies, who leave a legacy of untold hardship for their fellow Zimbabweans through iron-fist rule.

While there is no denying that the Mugabe government presided over good political and economic times in the early years, the last decade of misrule eroded all that through a litany of scorched earth policies.

This legacy will remain indelible in the minds of the long-suffering Zimbabweans, condemned to a life of holding the begging bowl and beating a migratory path in search of greener pastures.

As Zimbabwe uneasily totters towards redemption, the pain of a nation on the road to Damascus preoccupies the rest of the world waiting on the sidelines in solidarity.

The inevitable, as many Zimbabweans would always have us believe all along, is finally happening: that only they had the power to turn things around in their own country.

But the world remained perplexed and consumed by the paradox of a nation professing to be conscious of its capacity to change its misfortunes, yet perilously biding its time to its own detriment.

As Zimbabwe edges closer to the tipping point today, its nation is enveloped in suspense and political intrigue that seem to contrive a denouement to hold everyone in thrall.

With bated breath Zimbabweans and the rest of humanity await the next move of a dictator acting like a wounded tiger.

Defeated, yet uncowed, Mugabe still shrewdly holds the reins to the finale. It ain't over until the Fat Lady sings.