It has been over a month since Mugabe was removed from power, in a coup ended almost 40 years of Mugabe’s rule. Mugabe had managed to turn an economy that was doing well economically, to one of the poorest countries in the world. Mugabe shut down dissenting voices and destroyed the three pillars of a democratic society. Judging by the last 20 years of Mugabe rule, I am sure most Zimbabweans will not miss him. But Whether the change in leadership is good or not? we will wait and see. Below is a list of what has happened since Mugabe was ousted.
Appointment of the cabinet
Looking at the cabinet that Mnangagwa’ has appointed, it is safe to assume that Zimbabwe is now under military rule. The newly appointed cabinet is filled with ruling party loyalists and political figures that were linked to the takeover that replaced Mugabe. why is this a bad thing exactly? specifically for Zimbabwe, this is bad, because of the amount of power the presidency has. As I have started in the previous post, the checks and balances that are designed to restrain the Government from tyranny were destroyed by the very people in power right now. The current president was a high ranking official of ZANU-PF for a long time, it will be interesting to see how he deals with corruption with his own government now that he has the power. Personally, I find it hard to believe that Mgagawa and company have changed overnight, I hope I am wrong. Based on examples from countries like Congo, Myanmar (Burma) and North Korea, it is safe to say that filling the cabinet with mostly military personnel is not a good idea.
Return of the White farmers
The white farmers have started going back to there farms over a decade after their farms dispossessed by Mugabe. As history teaches us time again when you remove one power structure you better find a better alternative otherwise it is the people that suffer. This is what happened in Zimbabwe, Mugabe Kicked out the white farmers but did not have Zimbabweans that new how farming works to replace them. Return of the white farmers signals a change in the way things are run in Zimbabwe. And hopefully, this will bring back an element trust in the Zimbabwean government. The attempt by the government to bring back the white farmers is more than likely a gesture of goodwill to the international community to say Zimbabwe is open for business.
Clumping down on Corruption
President Mgangawa has promised Zero tolerance as he plans to fight corruption. This will hard, considering the fact that over the two decades, Mugabe and ZANU PF engaged in a lot of corruption. There where reports that the supreme court justices where being bought off by Mugabe in attempt to keep them silent. as I have said in the past, this government cannot be trusted to police itself, at least not now. If Mr.Mnangagwa is serious about clamping down on corruption, Zimbabwe should get independent prosecutors to prosecute the crimes and corruption of the previous regime. One good sign though is the anti-corruption agency in Zimbabwe have started looking into the allies of Grace Mugabe, the wife of Robert Mugabe. Whether they will find anything remains to be seen. Furthermore, President Mnangagwa wants to work with Interpol in order to find Mugabe’s allies that fled the country after Mugabe was removed from power.
Mnangagwa’ has a good chance here to make a positive impact on Zimbabwe, Mugabe was so bad on so many levels that Mnangagwa does not have to do too much for him to be considered a good president. Short term the government should find a way to revive its agricultural sector to deal with the shortage of food. As everyone knows food is very important and if people are not fed it does not take long for them to revolt. Another short-term goal should be to attract foreign investment back to Zimbabwe to create jobs. Long-term goals should be restructuring the government so that there are checks and balances within the three arms of the government to prevent corruption. The medium to long-term goal is for Zimbabwe to have its own currency, as this will encourage outside investment. But Zimbabwe cannot have its own currency until the production of goods and services recover to create reserves.