Mugabeism: Rhesus Factor in African Politics

  • AE Elochukwu


Zimbabwe is one of the hottest spots in the world today, not because of war or terrorism or geological disturbance, but because of the political turmoil which has atrophied in the being of that country all the major forces of national existence. Zimbabwe now boasts the highest inflation rate in the world; millions of Zimbabweans have fled their country as the Zimbabwean dollar, which was stronger than the US dollar a few years ago, has become so worthless that today it takes millions of Z$ notes to purchase a loaf of bread. The major actor in this crisis is President Robert Gabriel Mugabe. His involvement in the crisis has divided the opinions of African leaders: some such as Thabo Mbeki of South Africa think Mugabe deserves some understanding; in contrast, others such as Levi Mwanawasa of Zambia think Africa (and, indeed the world community) should not hesitate to use all means, legitimate and illegitimate to remove him (Mugabe) from power. This paper is neither for Judas nor Barnabas. Its position is that Mugabe is a rhesus factor, a necessary and unnecessary variable in the Zimbabwean crisis as it reflects Africa’s relationship with the rest of the world.

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