Give the man what he wants and move on

AS the days go by after the visit by Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo, South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki and Bakili Muluzi of Malawi, every day seems to dampen our spirits and worsen our already unbearable situation.



ce=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>In my own opinion, the key lies with the opposition. Whether we like it or not the fact is Robert Mugabe is the president right now, legitimate or not.


It’s a fact that he still controls much of the state machinery and fighting such a person is a very difficult task.


Why cannot the opposition give him the little thing he wants, recognition as the president, for the sake of progress even if we know he may have won controversially? If the opposition continues to be stubborn we will continue to suffer as we are doing. One opinion is that if the opposition recognises him as the president then he will be able to hand-pick his successor. So what?


I think we all know the first step to our progress is to have Mugabe out of the way. I am sure he is under tremendous stress and is willing to step down as soon as he is given assurance. It may seem that if he is pardoned for whatever he is said to have done then it will set a bad precedent, but must we continue to suffer for the sake of punishing one old man? Let’s all ask ourselves that question.


Mugabe has very little to lose compared to young people who still have hope for the future. Put yourself in his shoes, you get all sorts of threats of retribution after you are out of office. So what is the logical thing to do? Cling on to power and give the opposition a tough task of getting you out.


As we have seen in the past this may take a while and in the meantime suffering continues. I urge the opposition to use your key to unlock the door to a better future for all Zimbabweans. Recognise the man for the sake of progress. It may be unpopular but where is not recognising him taking us right now?


Way Forward,

Harare.