‘Mugabe Day’ call shows sickening sycophancy

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British playwright George Bernard Shaw once remarked that “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history”, and this is aptly captured in the latest efforts to have a public holiday declared in honour of President Robert Mugabe’s birthday.

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Such sycophantic methods of honouring leaders in power have been suggested before across the world and instead of bringing loyalty and respect, they have brought about scorn and contempt.

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What this will only serve is to portray Mugabe as an eccentric strongman in the mould of oddball leaders such as the late leader of Turkmenistan.

The late Turkmenistan leader, Saparmurat Niyazov, established a personality cult that Mugabe’s supporters clearly now want to foist on the Zimbabwean leader.

The Turkmenistan leader renamed months and days in the calendar after himself and his family, while his statues were erected throughout the country, with schools, cities an airport and a meteorite all given his name.

We are not saying Mugabe and his supporters will go this far, but after the setting down of a public holiday in his honour, what is there to stop them from naming other landmarks and facets of Zimbabwean life after the President?

In his seminal publication, Animal Farm, George Orwell could as well have been writing about Zimbabwe, particularly where he points out that a “gun would be fired every year on Napoleon’s birthday”.

As with that symbolic sycophantic gesture, Zimbabwe could be treading a treacherous road, where the leader’s birthday is elevated into a public holiday, just so the campaigners for this day could curry favour with the President.

Any discerning Zimbabwean should be quick to notice the latest moves to have February 21 declared a national holiday are not sincere, but are being used in a crass point-scoring game in Zanu PF’s succession matrix.

The clear idea is that the most fawning of the lot would be nearer to the President and hopefully a step nearer to succeeding him.

However, as alluded to, Zimbabwean history, which the leaders never seem to learn from, is replete with incidents where people bent over backwards to bootlick Mugabe, only to be spat out of the party.

Only recently, former Information minister Webster Shamu, who said Mugabe was like Cremora, a coffee creamer, was kicked out of Zanu PF and fawning has not helped him in any way.

This should serve as a warning to the likes of Zanu PF youth boss Pupurai Togarepi and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo that shouting at the top of their voices seeking to earn Mugabe’s favour will not always bring the desired results.

If there is such a desperate need to honour Mugabe, then like all other founding fathers of the struggle and nationalists, there is no need to hurry, as it can be done once he has left power.

This will open a fair and dispassionate debate on how Zimbabwe honours its leaders, rather than the present scenario where showmanship and sycophancy are the order of the day.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Politics aside, RGM is the founding prez of this beautiful country Dzimbadzamabge. He deserves the hounour. he walked in gallows of death escaping severally leading the struggle to emancipate the zimbo citizen. Opposition politics yes but you cant rewrite history. The prez deserves such just like mandela day in SA.

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    • Mandela did not kill 20 000 people in Gukurahundi
      He did not kill his own comrades the way Ndangana, Ushewokunze, Mahachi, Malunga etc got killed
      He did not dispalce his own citizens aka murambatsvina or the current airport roads
      Mandela did not fake degrees for his wife from a local university
      Mandela did not shield corruption like we saw from Willowgate to multiple farm owners
      He did not own 15 farms of land grabbed from others
      Mandela did not kill anyone in election violence
      he did not make his birthday a national event
      Mandela never ignored any court order in South Africa
      Mandela did not accuse anyone who had presidential ambitions of plotting to kill him. Infact, opposition leaders like Mangosuthu, de Klerk, and Bantu Holomisa were in Mandela’s cabinet
      Mandela did not think he was the only citizen capable of leading, thats why he left voluntarily after 5yrs, even though everyone could still have voted for him
      He left office with the national currency in place (Rand)

      So next time you choose to go on a wet dream in broad daylight, and compare that limping evil with Mandela, please do so in the privacy of ur own perverted mind. do not disgust everyone else. peace.

  2. You are a big fool, @Aikazve. Nelson Mandela was and remains a globally respected leader, unlike this ancient dictator Matibili who has been mercilessly clinging to power for 36 disastrous years. Shame on you and your G(reedy) 40 cohorts.

  3. We should also have a ‘Gukurahundi Day’ to honour those innocent people killed by Mugabe. Then perhaps we can have a ‘Murambatsvina Day’ to honour all those rendered homeless by an uncaring regime. Then finally we can also have a ‘Dzamara Day’ to honour the thousands who have been abducted by the thuggish regime of Mugabe.

  4. Mugabe never fired a single bullet, he was busy acquiring degrees in a cosy prison while our people were in the trenches. Any good he did was undone by his role in Gukhurahundi, Murambatsvina, election violence and running down the economy causing needless suffering of our people. Honouring this man is an insult to all those he murdered.

  5. We need such a day.Hate him or despise him,Bob mushina muhombe dear.Its only that he is a lone captain in a ship full of vultures,the International World included

  6. What is the purpose of the HEROES DAY if every President who comes into power decides to have a holiday named after him.Next the country will be changed to Mugabe Republic?Next Ngwena National Day!Please find people jobs,get rid of potholes,find electricity, water and food not this hogwash.

  7. The Yes man tap dancing to Bob’ drum support this stupid idea like a little house nigge r tap dancing to white folk music. If we are desperate for Holidays just call it President’s day. Over time smart Zimbabweans will celebrate the day in honour of those Presidents who have built instead of destroy our beautiful country’s economy, infrastruture, political and social fabric with individual freedom and justice for all. I love Mugabe for spitting white folks but he does not belong to the group that genuinely seek for the well being of the masses.

  8. The Yes man tap dancing to Bob’s drum support this stupid idea like a little house negro tap dancing to white folk music. If we are desperate for Holidays just call it President’s day. Over time smart Zimbabweans will celebrate the day in honour of those Presidents who have built instead of destroy our beautiful country’s economy, infrastruture, political and social fabric with individual freedom and justice for all. I love Mugabe for spitting white dudesr but he does not belong to the group that genuinely seek for the well being of the masses.

  9. Only yes man tap dancing to Bob’s drum support this stupid idea like a little house negr o tap dancing to white people music. If we are desperate for Holidays just call it President’s day. Over time smart Zimbabweans will celebrate the day in honour of those Presidents who have built instead of destroy our beautiful country’s economy, infrastruture, political and social fabric with individual freedom and justice for all. I love Mugabe for spitting white dudesr but he does not belong to the group that genuinely seek for the well being of the masses.

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