Defining moments for Zimbabwe

IT IS without doubt that Zimbabwe is entering uncharted waters, as the winds of change are slowly blowing in a country that has only known one leader since independence from the British colonisers in 1980.

Many might say that we have traversed the same road before and nothing happened, but it is clear that this time President Robert Mugabe is in a dilemma.

It is clear that he has run out of ideas on how to solve the country’s crises and maintain his hold on power.

Over the past years, Mugabe has used all the tricks in the book to maintain power, but his greatest challenge is on how to deal with the economy, amid growing dissent from both within and without.
Some might argue that the circumstances that have been prevailing in the past are still the same with what is happening in Zimbabwe today, but there are several factors that did not come up before but are in the picture now.

Over the years, Mugabe inculcated a culture of fear in the minds of the people, such that they could not be in  a position to challenge him on anything.

However, over the years, the situation has slowly changed. This, coupled with the economy has played against Mugabe’s populist ideology, in which he has always countered any criticism using the carrot and stick approach.

There is now a general consensus that Mugabe has exceeded his sell by date and is no longer fit to run the country.

Above these two notions of the economy and competence, is the feared leader’s age.
It was never possible in Zimbabwe that protests will be held almost every week, by defenceless citizens.

But now, the tide has turned. The people have realised that they have to take Mugabe head-on, if they are to record any meaningful change, as the nonagenarian is seen as a stumbling block to the country’s economic fortunes.

So many factors are playing against the nonagenarian leader, which gives many Zimbabweans hope that this time around things will change.

Against Mugabe, is also his desire to introduce bond notes that many analysts have said will fuel the black market, shortage of foreign currency and the subsequent further destruction of the economy.
Mugabe’s Zanu PF is also divided more than ever, placing another glimmer of hope that the factions will slowly crumble the ruling party to usher in a new phase that might benefit the people and the economy.

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