BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE – The history of world politics is full of men whose demised are caused by a woman or many women, and Robert Mugabe would certainly not be exempt, nor will he be the last leader to succumb to such saga. Mr. Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe, is under house arrest.  Mr. Mugabe who ruled the country with an iron fist for the last forty years was taken into custody upon the order of General Constantino Chiwenga of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces. This Coup D’état came after Mr. Mugabe purged his longtime comrade Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a political opponent of  Mugabe’s wife Grace Mugabe, aka Gucci Mugabe, 41 years his junior. While Mr. Mugabe is under house arrest in Zimbabwe capital, Mrs. Mugabe has left for Paris. Shopping might do her some good.


Mugabe and Mnangagwa had been friends for over fifty years. The two of them had fought white rule in what was then Rhodesia, and when Zimbabwe became independent in 1980, Mr. Mugabe used his longtime friend in different capacities designed to protect his power. Over the years, Mr. Mnanaggwa had served first as a spymaster during Zimbabwe’s post-independence civil conflict; as Chief of Security for Mugabe and then vice president. Their relationship was one of trust and admiration for a fellow freedom fighter. And when Mr. Mugabe declared that he would die in office, Mr. Mnangagwa was supportive of that vision because he knew he would eventually replace the ailing Mugabe. But that was before Gucci Grace entered the picture.


Grace Mugabe, known as Gucci Grace because of her penchants for expensive brand name clothes met Mugabe in 1984. She was a beautiful young wife married to a pilot. She got a job as Mugabe secretary, and over the years she had provided the President with more than secretarial services. While Mugabe’s wife was terminally ill, Mr. Mugabe fathered two children with Grace. In 1992 the Grace and Mugabe got married. It was the wedding of the century; no expense was spared. Grace, the mother, the First Lady wanted to add another title to her list, that of a president. Over the years, she had maneuvered and got rid of anyone who presents a threat to her political ambition. Mr. Mnangagwa was such a political opponent.


As Mr. Mugabe age, observers waited to see who would replace him as president. Every political move in the drama was an opportunity to guess to whom he would eventually give his blessing. The 52-year-old Mrs. Mugabe had been positioning herself to take over. A year ago, Mugabe appointed her as the Chairwoman for the women’s league of his political party ZANU ZF.  As she prepared for the eventual death of Mugabe, Grace pitted her allies against Mr. Mnangagwa whom she considered a threat to her political ambition.


On November 6, 2017, a week before the Coup D’etat, Mr. Mugabe upon the advice of his wife Gucci Grace fired the vice president. That was a terrible political mistake that would be costly to Mugabe. Right after the dismissal and exiled of Mr., Mnangagwa, the Chief of the Army issued a press release that was indicative of what was to come. Obviously, neither Grace nor President Mugabe was paying attention.


On Nov 15, 2017, the army rolled out its tanks and heavy equipment and took over the country’s airports and other sensitive government agencies, declared a state of emergency and detained Mr. Mugabe while his wife fled to Paris. This coup d’etat was a direct response to the “crocodile dismissal.” Omega World News contacts in Zimbabwe military confirmed that Mugabe would have still been president today had he not dismissed Mr. Mnangagwa, a man who earned the nickname of crocodile because of his ruthless political maneuvering and taking no prisoner approach to politics.


What will become of Zimbabwe now is anyone’s guess, but the military can do a few things to earn the respect of the world and to assure investors that Zimbabwe is moving towards democratic rules. First, General Chiwenga must not under any circumstance mistreat the ailing Mugabe or his family. Second, it would calm the country and international observers, if the General turned power over to a civilian government with the mandate to organize free and fair elections. It would be a grave mistake to install Mr. Mnangagwa who just arrived in Zimbabwe’s capital from exile. That would send the wrong message and would take Zimbabwe to a path of destruction and civil unrest. Grace has many allies who support her. She should be allowed back to Zimbabwe and participate in the presidential election is she chooses to.


Omega wants to remind General Chiwenga of other military coups that promoted democratic rules. Mr. Chiwenga, please follow in the footsteps of the Romania military coup in 1989; Serbia in 2000 and Tunisia in 2011. All three military coups helped the country move towards democracy, and the world is looking for you to do the right thing. Zimbabwe is rich in diamond, platinum, and nickel; it would be a travesty if the country gets embroiled in civil unrest causing poverty, famine, and loss of lives.


By: E. Roy


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