Struggle hero has becomea dictator

Many Africans acknowledge that Robert Mugabe fought with other liberation heroes to liberate Zimbabweans.

Many Africans acknowledge that Robert Mugabe fought with other liberation heroes to liberate Zimbabweans.

Today the same Zimbabweans suffer as a result of his greedy clinging to power. He has changed from being a struggle hero into a dictator.

It is recorded in political literature that personal rule is a form of political order in which power is concentrated in the personal authority of an individual ruler.

This form of political order is mainly achieved and sustained by using devious methods such as coercion, intimidation, banning, harassment and the manipulation of elections.

How do you show undying love for your countrymen? It is not shown by unleashing Zanu-PF militias on poor people to remain in power.

How do you become a legitimate representative of the people? Not through violence, murder, rape, crime, unemployment and corruption but through free and fair elections.

Like many Africans I am disappointed by the recognition and acceptance of Mugabe at the African Union summit in Egypt recently.

Mugabe banned, intimidated, harassed, manipulated elections and withheld state resources and foreign aid from which the opposition draw their support.

These actions do not reflect any democratic principle but constitutes a reign of terror and barbarism.

Moeketsi Motsiri, Sebokeng

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