SOMEBODY once said all political careers end in failure.
Strangely enough, the practitioners seem not to realise this most of the time. The interview with Preside
nt Robert Mugabe was a confirmation of this belief. Having missed the morning and afternoon runs of the interview, I sat up for the night run.
The average Zimbabwean would have foretold the man’s responses with 100% accuracy. I still sat up to confirm my worst fears.
Two facts were confirmed on the night. Firstly, Robert Mugabe is a very old man despite all he wants us to believe about being a young old man or whatever. Secondly, he has lost the plot totally.
The reality before the old man is that the economy is in a mess – inflation at a record high, seven out of every 10 Zimbabweans out of work, the economy operating at well below capacity. No matter how you look at this – it surely looks like a dog’s breakfast.
President Mugabe is convinced that all this is because of Tony Blair and George Bush. Let’s assume for a moment that this were true. What would logically follow this line of thinking is that the decision to award big pay-outs to war veterans in 1997 was ordered by these two evil little men. The same would apply to the murder, rape and harassment of opposition supporters. They also ordered the harassment of the media and the judiciary. It is therefore President Mugabe who has been acting as a lackey of the West.
On the other hand, the voices that have been calling for a stop to all this insanity and return to the rule of law, respect for human rights and basic common sense are the ones that represent the true wishes of the majority of Zimbabweans.
President Mugabe knows that he has been on electoral death row since government lost the 2000 referendum. As seen during the interview with Sky TV this has led him to being extremely paranoid and fixated about Blair as he continues clutching at straws. I lost count of the number of times that Blair’s name was evoked during that discussion. It’s true, just because you are paranoid it does not mean they are not out to get you.
I suppose wherever clergymen Desmond Tutu and Pius Ncube were on that day, they must have said long prayers for him – he needs them.