Goodbye Uncle Bob

So the odious Robert Mugabe has finally accepted that he’s got to resign and the people of Zimbabwe have been dancing in the streets with the sheer joy of having got rid of him. He began well as the leader of a party opposed to colonial domination but power and wealth went to his head and for far too long now he has been greedy, ruthless and brutal, using his army to subdue his own people and taking so much wealth out of the economy that the poverty in Uganda is now extreme.

Zimbabwe was once one of the wealthiest countries in Africa, now warehouses are empty, fields lie fallow, banks are so short of cash that people wait hours to withdraw even tiny sums and the roads are full of potholes. There aren’t very many jobs and most of them are in government service where the salaries of the workers are very rarely paid. If ever a society was crying out for revolution, it is this one. I would like to think that now they’ve removed him from power the people of Uganda will put him on trial for his misdeeds. A precedent has been set for it.

This same week a man called Ratko Mladic was sentenced to life imprisonment. This man was nicknamed ‘the butcher of Bosnia’ and was infamous for the extermination, murder and persecution of his countrymen and the massacre of Srebrenica. It has taken twenty years to bring him to justice, but at last he has been found guilty of all charges against him and, what is perhaps even more important, the court that managed to do this was an international criminal tribunal backed by the United Nations. How cleansing it would be in a world grown sick of greed and cruelty for the stage to be set, for the hideously greedy and savagely cruel to be brought to justice.

I can think of a great many other leaders whose behaviour is so obscene that we really should be stopping it. Is it power to the people again at last?




3 thoughts on “Goodbye Uncle Bob

  1. In the end, thepeople will rise up !! It’s only a matter of time ! I feel it happening here, too !! Too many people have suffered for too long at the hands of greedy profiteers. Our public sector workers, our pensioners, the young,……..all struggle to keep their heads above water, to keep a roof over their heads, while the rich get richer. History will repeat itself.

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  2. Beryl. When I first started reading your comment on Robert Mugabe, the word ‘odious’ jumped out at me. I first heard the word when I was about 15years old, and I was rehearsing a Noel Coward play, ‘Hay Fever’. I was too shy (or embarrassed ) to admit that I’d not heard it before, and had to wait until I got home before I could look it up ! It’s not a word that is used very often (but maybe it could be). I use it when I can, but nobody has ever asked me it’s meaning! I get the feeling though, that very few people would be familiar with it. I’m glad you used it – it’s a perfect choice for Mugabe !! …..and in that context, You could say, it speaks for itself !! 😊

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