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Why I Am Not Yet Celebrating The ‘Fall’ Of Mugabe

By Clayton Peel

Robert Mugabe once said, “I will never, never, never, never surrender. Zimbabwe is mine, I am a Zimbabwean. Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans.” He repeated the word “never” four times.

If he was speaking in defence of his citizenship rights, I would have agreed with him. For like Mugabe, I am a passport-holding citizen of the same country. Like him, “I will never, never, never, never surrender. Zimbabwe is mine. I am a Zimbabwean. Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans”.

Citizenship is where the similarities between Mugabe and I end. Mugabe has been a politician of dubious democratic credentials.

At the time he made that statement, in the aftermath of the 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections in which he and his ZANU-PF party lost to Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, Mugabe was rebutting demands that he step down – which is what losers in a democratic election are supposed to

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