When you think of Zimbabwe, chances are you are not likely to think of it as a country with the highest literacy rate (90% of the population) in Africa. No, you are likely to think of a country under the grip of the strongman President Robert Mugabe, who has been ruling since 1980.
Though the premonition of the late political scientist Masipula Sithole who once said that by spreading education across Zimbabwe, President Mugabe was in fact “digging his own grave.” The youths in Zimbabwe though educated, the authoritarian and dictatorial rule of Mugabe, which has been perpetuated through uncanny violent thwarting of opposition and dissent, have not been galvanized enough force to resist their president.
In each presidential elections held in the Zimbabwe since Mugabe lost a referendum in 2000. The exercise has been marred by electoral malpractices and violence aimed at oppressing the opposition and their supporters. The international election observers have consistently claimed the elections (2002, 2008, 2013) were not free and fair.
Mugabe is accused of abusing the powers of the Presidency and using State Machinery to continue holding office illegitimately. The country is …read more