Was it correct for army to remove Mugabe

ALL those who doubted whether the Zimbabwe Defence Forces did the right thing, Robert Mugabe’s rambling last Saturday is your answer. Countries are ruled via constitutions, but what if the ruler is breaking every aspect of that country’s constitution, do they have a right to claim that they were removed unconstitutionally?

By Hopewell Chin’ono

We have citizens who love hearing the sound of their own voices without stopping to think what their messages actual mean. Some are even saying that Robert Mugabe is right, without looking at the opposite of what he is saying. Mugabe is essentially saying that he should have been in power and allowed to pass on the reins to his scurrilous wife, Grace and her G40 cabal led by Jonathan Moyo.

Mugabe never allowed any criticism of his rule at all, constructive or otherwise.

Many people big and small died for doing so at Mugabe’s instruction. In my view he has NO right to talk about being removed unconstitutionally when he ruled us unconstitutionally, rigging elections, beating up citizens, killing opponents, stealing money from the State coffers, presiding over clan-based corruption, destroying State institutions the list goes on.

I know that part of that Mugabe’s repressive machinery is still in place and is part of the governing class today, this we must accept as part of the process needed to rebuild our country. The same happened in Nigeria when Sani Abacha died, his henchmen took over and brought the country back to normalcy.

This was not a people’s revolution but a removal of a dictator by his colleagues who feared for their own lives. So anybody who advances the argument that Mugabe was removed unconstitutionally and that the current government is illegal is failing to understand the relatedness of things. Mugabe could never have been removed by anything else other than force.

We will have our chance at the ballot box to put in place a government of our choice. So it is a waste of time singing after Mugabe about how the current administration is illegal.

We can’t compare what we have today and Robert Mugabe’s rule. The freedoms that many enjoy today to even insult the government didn’t exist under Mugabe.

He was a ruthless man. Mugabe insulted soldiers as “uneducated” and yet the same uneducated men and women are protecting him from harm to this very day. They are the same “uneducated” folk that he used to rig elections, kill opponents and oppress the country wholesale.

You can also see how he thinks of nobody else as important and worthwhile except himself. He is a thoroughly selfish man who is there to use and abuse and then ridicule. This is the true portrait of Mugabe the narcissist!


He complains without irony that the army chose to take a side in party issues and he forgets that he was the one who brought the security services into party politics using them to campaign for him, intimidate the opposition electorate for him and in 2008 kill for him. It was okay when it was being done for him but suddenly became unconstitutional when someone else gets a little help from the same army. What a hypocritical little man Mugabe is.

Mugabe promised not to hold back in his meeting with Mnangagwa this week, adding that he will tell ED that what he did is not good for democracy.

I hope and wish that the people who will meet Mugabe with ED will tell him that democracy and constitutionalism that Mugabe has recently discovered requires him to be behind bars for the lives lost through state sponsored violence that he signed off, the lives lost in hospitals from easily treatable diseases like cholera, the looting of the state that he allowed through political patronage, the list is endless!

He accuses Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga of taking sides with Mnangagwa, he forgets that the same Chiwenga took sides with him in 2008 and Mugabe saw nothing wrong with it. The same security services took political sides with him from 1980 through Gukurahundi, 2000 Farm violence, Murambatsvina and 2008, and yet Mugabe saw nothing wrong with it then.

The very private media that he terrorised with his sidekick Jonathan Moyo is the one giving him space, all that of course is lost on Mugabe. He talks of his rights. Today he has access to a Boeing 767 jet to fly him four time a year to Singapore for his health check-ups and yet he forgets that he denied basic health access to millions of Zimbabweans through corruption and looting of tax dollars by his wife, his henchmen and of course himself.

His wife bought diamond rings worth $1,5 million each whilst mothers were dying giving birth because they couldn’t afford access to public health, the very soldiers he mocks today were school drop outs because they had no money to pursue their education and yet he drove around in a $1 million Mercedes Pullman. What a hypocrite, what a revolutionary fraudster, what a liberation imposter, what a crooked old man.

I have heard people talk about Mugabe’s legacy, in my book Mugabe did not fight for the independence alone. As Ian Smith once said mocking him, he couldn’t even fire a gun to save his own life. He was a political opportunist who took advantage of the goodwill abound everywhere he went and screwed up a relatively wealthy African country and had to be removed by force after 37 years when he tried to impose his own wife.

That is Mugabe’s legacy and history will remember him for the millions who died unnecessarily. Those who want to rewrite history can go ahead and do so, but the beauty of history is that Mugabe’s lies will one day disappear and the truth will emerge.

As Mugabe says in this video, he intended to firmly rule Zimbabwe. That he did with wholesale cruelty and reckless viciousness. Thank God someone stopped him when they did, Mugabe’s intended outcome would have created another 37 years of pain and suffering for future generations.

 Hopewell Chin’ono is a journalist and film maker. He writes in his own capacity

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42 Comments

  1. Thank you. Thank you

  2. very true and my man Morgan Richard Tsvangirai once if you dont go peacefully we will remove you violently and in deed violently was removed by his on close trusted runner boy

  3. very true and my man Morgan Richard Tsvangirai once said if you don`t go peacefully we will remove you violently and in deed violently was removed by his on close trusted runner boy

  4. Comment…Mugabe had overstayed ,he deserved to go,peaceful or violentl, but the army should have put an NTA and for this years election

  5. mogabe overstayed and messed up simple and even a blood coup we could have turned a blind eye to it

  6. The illicit Mnangagwa regime, which came about as a result of a military coup, is nothing but a continuation of the same old Zanu PF corruption and mismanagement. Nothing has changed. I call on all Zimbabweans to revolt against the regime and get rid of Zanu for good.
    Ken Sharpe- executive chairman of West Properties and Augur Investments

    1. Hey Ken Sharpe, tell us something about your illicit deals with Chombo….. and, by the way, ED has my vote!!

    2. what are you saying, Mr. Sharpe? What has been legal about the Mugabe regime? Trampling on the citizens’ rights without any due regard for the Constitution, he is the least qualified to talk about Constitutionalism. In fact, he should be thankful to the “uneducated soldiers” for respecting his rights, otherwise he would be history now, something which could have been celebrated the whole world. Who in his or her right senses would vote for Mugabe? 37 years of his rumbling and drowsy voice had become a pain in our hearts and ears. His kleptocratic government had gone out of his control and he seemed lost of ideas on how to rein them in. In all earnest he should be resting in peace rather than what he is planning to do. He brought all this upon himself by failing to live by the Constitution. He invited the otherwise professional army into his partisan politics. They were tired of eating crumbs and called names, hence they took up the gauntlet with open hands. Why wail uncontrollably when you invited trouble on yourself. Stand up and dance man!!!!

  7. why revolt in 21st century ,Zimbabwe is constitutional democracy, they will go through the ballot cause they fought for 1 man 1 vote..there is no way zanu can last 20 years on the helm cause it has proved to be 1 generation movement love themselves than the people..

  8. It was correct for army to remove Mugabe but it was incorrect for Chiwenga to be rewarded with the vice presidency. If what Chiwenga did was purely for patriotic reasons of defending the constitution then there’s no need for him to have such a hefty reward, after all he used a national resource funded by the taxpayer so there’s no reason for him to personally benefit to such an extent

  9. PLEASE STOP SAYING WAS ARMY CORRECT IN REMOVING Robert…Mugabe Resigned please learn to report correctly ,dont mislead as we will lead the press.
    It was 110% coreect for Mugabe to resign while in the face, impeachment was on the horizon,he did well and resigned.His sale by date had long expired.His new NPF is a total flop.Change has come and there is no going back.Asante sana.

  10. Thank you journalist. You have said it all. Mugabe is the worst global creature to respect. He is careless and super evil. He must be left suffering. His body carries blood of millions of Zimbabweans he openly killed and now he says he is unfairly being treated. He must be confined in prison. Satan wechimunhu,satan wechidhara.

  11. It was wrong to remove Mugabe by a military coup as elections were just months away whereby Mugabe was going to be removed lawfully by the people.What was done was unlawful no matter how it was justified.

    1. ROYBOY GET BACK TO YOUR SENSES….WHAT ELECTIONS COULD REMOVE MUGABBAGE? AN ELECTION RIGGER ?, AN OPPRESSOR WHO COULD CRUSH ANYEVERYONE FOUND DEMOCRATICALY THREATENING OR CRITICIZING,ONE WHO KILLED TO DIE IN OFFICE, WHO COULD NOT ALLOW ANY DIVERGENT VIEW IN HIS PARTY{ONE CENTRE OF POWER},ONE WHO WANTED TO PLANT HIS DYNASTY THRU HIS WIFE,,,HIS OWN PARTY COULD NOT TOLERATE ANYMORE SO THEY DECIDED TO EMPEACH HIM SO HE RESIGNED BEFORE IMPEACHMENT AND THE ARMY WAS ALSO CONCERNED WITH THE STATE CAPTURE BY HIS FOES SO IT INTERVENED FOR THE SAKE OF THE NATION….TO REMIND YOU FUTHER ED WAS APPOINTED BY THE RULING PARTY NOT THE ARMY AFTER THEY RECALLED MGABE FROM THE PRSDNCY.

      1. ROYBOY GET BACK TO YOUR SENSES….WHAT ELECTIONS COULD REMOVE MUGABBAGE? AN ELECTION RIGGER ?, AN OPPRESSOR WHO COULD CRUSH ANYEVERYONE FOUND DEMOCRATICALY THREATENING OR CRITICIZING,ONE WHO KILLED TO DIE IN OFFICE, WHO COULD NOT ALLOW ANY DIVERGENT VIEW IN HIS PARTY{ONE CENTRE OF POWER},ONE WHO WANTED TO PLANT HIS DYNASTY THRU HIS WIFE,,,HIS OWN PARTY COULD NOT TOLERATE ANYMORE SO THEY DECIDED TO EMPEACH HIM SO HE RESIGNED BEFORE IMPEACHMENT AND THE ARMY WAS ALSO CONCERNED WITH THE STATE CAPTURE BY HIS FOES SO IT INTERVENED FOR THE SAKE OF THE NATION….TO REMIND YOU FUTHER ED WAS APPOINTED BY THE RULING PARTY NOT THE ARMY AFTER THEY RECALLED MGABE FROM THE PRSDNCY.

    2. I agree with u there’s no way he was going to win the people were going to remmove him

  12. Mwana we Yadah

    Ndingachemere Mugabe ini,fokofu mhani kamunhu kakatitambudza aka mhani

  13. we do not want to see or hear of mugabe agin in Zimbabwe, take away ALL of his “benefits” and put him in the streets with his useless wife Disgrace we will show them the same fate as Kadafi . He better br put behind bars before we get hold of him . This is a new Zimbabwe.

  14. Good sensible analysis by Hopewell. Constitutionality applies to all people and all situations and not just to Mugabe and his own personal wishes and circumstances.

  15. Whatever it is the man had to go whichever way. He had done enough damage together with his wife Grace.

  16. Even if he dies,people mustn’t go to his funeral,our relatives and friends perished under Mugabe’s dirty hands.

  17. Mugabe had overstayed yes , but the coup was not the best way in a face of democracy , remember the army is the organisation which refused the 2008 results when Tsvangirai won and they put Mugabe in front , so don’t fool yourselves , it’s the ZNA led by Chiwenga which is out of order . Zimbabweans wake up and smell the coffee and see reality , Mugabe is evil but at law he is correct , YOU CAN’T CORRECT A WRONG BY A WRONG , this administration is illegal , and anyone who don’t believe this must stop speaking about democracy or the constitution .

  18. MUGABE WAS NOT JESUS EVEN MUNAGAGWA IS NOT JESUS INCLUDING ALL POLITICIANS ARE NOT GODS SO EXPECT WORSE FROM POLITICAL LEADERS, DON’T SHOW YOUR EVIL HEART TO MUGABE IT IS HIS PROFESSION SAME AS HEROD, PHARAOH, HITLER, MUSSOLINI THE LIST IS ENDLESS.. AS IF YOU ARE ANGELS FROM HEAVEN. ITS ALL ABOUT POLITICS NOT CHARITY ORGANISATION YOU FIGHT TO BE IN IT LIKE WHAT CHIWENGA DID. EVEN IN LIFE YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TO WIN WHETHER, IT WAS A FAIR FIGHT OR EVIL AS YOU LIKE TO CALL IT. “ITS POLITICS PEOPLE HAS TO DIE FOR YOU TO RULE A NATION” ENEMIES ARE EVERYWHERE IN POLITICAL ARENA.

    1. Engineer Theocracy G

      the question was, is…was is it correct for the army to remove mugabe….answer: mugabe was not removedhe resigned.

  19. AND I SAY TO MUGABE WELL DONE YOU WERE DOING WELL IN POLITICS WINING IS THE ONLY OBJECTIVE IN POLITICS, IF THE COUNTRY DOES NOT PERFORM YOUR SECTION WAS STATEHOUSE NOT RBZ OR TO INCREASE GDP, ITS FOR ECONOMICS PEOPLE NOT POLITICIANS. FUCK THEM ALL WHO ARE AGAINST YOUR SUCCESS.

  20. Ngondi Kamupinya

    Mugabe ari kuziva here kuti James Makamba akadzoka.

    1. Iwe Kamupinya,ukuda kuurayisa JCJ nhai?

  21. Whichever way coup or no coup ,though it was a coup sanitized by the enpeachment proccess, the people’s march and Mugabe’s resignation. This old man had overstayed in office. He was not going to go democratically . We wasted a lot of time trying to do this and ended up getting killed in packs . We thanks these soldiers for removing him , though they we fighting to save their lives. Thanks to the Almighty for saving lives. We understand one or two people lost their lives in this so call resignation . My call is for Zimbabweans to vote for the leader of their choice come Election . An to those who are proping the leaders who are not elected by helping in rigging elections ,you are not living or protecting any legacy but a regacy.

  22. Removal of Mugabe was long overdue. Remember he was supposed to go as early as 2002 and it was his election chicanery with help of the security cluster, and Tobaiwa Mudede which helped him till November 2017. So if he is honest with himself he should recall that Tsvangirai won the 2008 election by more than 70% of the votes, a fact he confirmed himself. Now the question is what was supposed to happen post Mugabe era. The military was supposed to set the country on a democratic trajectory. They should have demanded and even supervised the transition of a country from autocratic rule, ridding it from Mugabe legacy of militarizing democratic institutions, and undermining parliament and other constitutional bodies. A transitional government of national unity, not confined to the main political parties but including civil society was supposed to put in place for 5 years to complete the constitutional process, stabilizing the economy and return the country to a democratic path. If that had happened Chiwenga, Sibanda, Shiri, Moyo (Not professor) and others would be immortalized as great heroes of the nation, and would be rewarded both by the nation and history. However, the fact that they found it fit to reward themselves, in their lifetime means maybe theirs was not a patriotic act, but a calculated move for self-preservation, and perhaps grabbing state power.

  23. Without reading your article the answer is YES the army did very well. How else except removal by death yet he had become such a liability and a disgrace to the nation. He took the country fifty years back and committed a serious economic crime of ensuring that all of our hard earned savings are eroded. He is not even ashamed to cry for his terminal benefits. The crimes he committed are just too many and in fact he should be should be afforded his day in court despite his age. He is still very eager to talk and should do so in a court of law

  24. I want this article to be sent verbatim to Robert and Grace Mugabe.If it is anything the only “mistake” God “committed ” was to give Zimbabwe Mugabe .
    He was never supposed to have seen the light and beauty of this world !!!!!

  25. Chin”ono kutaura kwausina kuswera hausi kuona kuti vamwe chete here apa bumbiro remutemo upi raurikutaura ndaaaa kana riri rezimbabwe namanje harisi kuteedzwa bumbiro rakashanda raive rezanu grace,jonathan or whoever haisiro nyaya nyaya ndeyekuti bumbiro rakaraswa mugabe or no mugabe

  26. Lets call a spade a spade. Mugabe was removed unconstitutionally by a coup which the soldiers sanitised by urging people to go to the streets. In their naivety, the people oblidged, forgetting that it was the same military and police that had denied them to right to protest since 1980. These men in uniform are serving their own interests. You shall see and then it will be too late.

    1. so you wanted Mugabe to continue with his misrule and destroying any signs of dissent? vanhu handizive kuti munodei chaizvo. vamwe kutoclaimer kuti aikwanisa kubviswa neelection but maelection mangani akaitwa achingobira mudhara uyu? taurai zvamunoziva mhani imi vanhu kewte kuti nyaudza nenhema pano apa. endai munogara naye kumba kwake kana mune rudo naye mhani? khaat

  27. He resigned .Period|||||||

  28. Mugabe resigned . Chimwe chii??????????

  29. Chatter about Mugabe never seems to die. Anyway, for what its worth the man might’ve had some imperfections, but who doesn’t apart from Jesus?

    I want to make it clear that the blame that most of the people place upon Cde. Mugabe are way too much. Apparently, he has the greatest intellect and everything that he has stood for, is intellectually and legally correct, whether you like it or not.

    Mugabe was initially criticized for the land reform, and the opposition rose to fame by opposing that policy, claiming when elected into power they would return the land back to whites. If you heard Morgan Tsvangirai when he emerged out of the talks that culminated into the formation of the inclusive government, after being delivered from the demon of not seeing the true fact that the land belonged to the people of Zimbabwe, began singing the same mantra “the land reform is irreversible”.

    Even Chamisa now chants the same mantra, “the land reform is irreversible”.

    Point is, change in our nation is received slowly and most of the time people condemn policies and truths championed and brought to light by Mugabe now only to accept them later.

    The economic predicament our nation faces is not the problem of one man (Mugabe) entirely, but it is a systematic problem that culminates from the absence of mass production in agriculture and manufacturing to mention just two sectors of the economy.

    Lets take responsibility as Zimbabweans and accept that we are were we are not because Mugabe was a dictator or an evil person, because as far as I know, no one is perfect but Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

    We need to produce massive outputs in all sectors through agriculture, mining, and value addition and beneficiation. In China in the year 2014 according to United Nations statistics, China filed approximately 900 000 patents, how many have we filed in Zimbabwe? Is it Mugabe’s fault?

    In a year, China produces 50 billions t-shirts, how many has Zimbabwe produced, and is failure to produce because of Mugabe? One might argue we can’t compare Zimbabwe and China in terms of economic size as well as production, but lets just use China as a benchmark.

    Or even South Korea for example, they produce globally demanded products like cars and electronic goods which are sold to the world, and rake in foreign currency in trillions of US dollars. And the interesting point is, its not the president of these countries such as China and Korea that produce these commodities that bring money into the pockets of owners of the businesses, but also into the coffers of government through taxes and other levies and tarrifs.

    I beg and plead for the people of Zimbabwe to be delivered from the fact that they blame Mugabe alone and not themselves for the failure of the economy. Anyway, the people let Mugabe down because he believed way too much in his own people to be able to create things that can compete with other goods and services in the global market, after satisfying the internal needs and wants of our people as a market.

  30. Love destroy hate

    Comment…Mr H. Chin’ono, you are a junta project. So naturally you will be biased towards the junta. Stop pretending to be neutral. Who was chairing JOC in 2008 after the March elections. Can you write something about this, and tell me how some people so evil can change simply because they are now in power. What you are saying will conderm you before the Holy One.

  31. i ma still waiting to see anything positive besides the road blocks. the prices are going up and yet people are celebrating. the same thing happened after independence. people are too joyous to notice that their future is being stolen

  32. Mugabe resisted every effort of the army for him to go, and even confirmed it live on international tv that he still retained all his executive powers when we expected him to resign. What he could not resist is impeachment and he promptly resigned. Lets focus on our future instead of his continued desire to serve his shameless wife.

  33. Being a president is a job, mabasa arikunetsa. You have to do what you have to do to keep the job. Correct or not, it was done. Those who run the elections made him resign and replace him with whom they want. As the leader he takes all the blame but citizens are equally to blame. His vision was to make citizens landlords so they can control their country not to be controlled. He tried to educate everyone but the benefit to the country was materializing slowly. He tried mechanization still the citizens let him down

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