Mugabe bitten by post-colonial virus

International organisations such as the UN, AU and SADC waited for too long before taking action against Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.

International organisations such as the UN, AU and SADC waited for too long before taking action against Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.

The old man was infected by a post-colonial virus which developed into a full-blown life presidency deficiency syndrome.

This somehow incurable disease infected many African leaders after their countries were decolonised.

Our own President Thabo Mbeki nearly fell victim to the same disease but, thanks to the Polokwane conference, we will not suffer the same fate as the other countries.

Mugabe thinks if he relinquishes power to the opposition or to anyone within his own Zanu-PF, Zimbabwe will revert to the colonial rule of post-1980. This is certainly the irrational thought of a senile geriatric.

Thus, he uses colonialism as an excuse to hold on to power forever.

The people of Zimbabwe are obsessed with Mugabe that they cannot even think of an alternative leader.

Mugabe is old and he has ruled for unbearably too long. He must just admit that Zimbabwe is not his personal fiefdom and retire.

The AU should also stand firm and deal with Mugabe once and for all.

Mbeki should play his mediation role fairly without taking sides.

Nkogatse'a Maphiri, Limpopo

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