It is very sad when people compare failures like Robert Mugabe to great men like Nelson Mandela. Those who don't know much about Zimbabwe think he is a hero why because Robert Mugabe was able to drive white people away from Zimbabwe by force. Those who don't know much about Africa think Robert is a hero why because Robert Mugabe is anti-white and anti-west. Robert Mugabe thinks the west is the enemy and so he does not want to have anything to do with the west.
Robert Mugabe thought white people were the major problem facing Zimbabwe his country and so used his power and influence to drive white people away by force from Zimbabwe taking away their lands and properties. Robert Mugabe drove the White people away and has been in power for almost 4 decades now.
Has Robert Mugabe been able to improve Zimbabwe his country? The answer is NO. Has Robert Mugabe been able to do something great to better the lives of the poor Zimbabweans after 3 and half decades in power? The answer once again is a very big NO. Zimbabwe is now among the poorest (bottom 5 according to a recent UN multi-dimensional poverty index.) countries in Africa if not the poorest of them all. Does this make a leader a hero?
The white people living in Zimbabwe were great farmers who owned great farms and properties and contributed greatly to the economy of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe had a very hopeful economy. Robert Mugabe forcefully drove those white people away from Zimbabwe because he considered white people parasites. Robert Mugabe took away their lands and properties but what did he do with those lands and properties? Robert Mugabe gave those lands and properties to his immediate friends and relatives while the poor farmer had no land at all to farm on. Does this make a leader a hero?
Robert Mugabe refers to himself as the smartest man in Zimbabwe and one of the smartest in Africa just because of his 7 degrees (2 of which are masters degrees). Does 7 degrees make a man smart? Of course yes. 7 degrees can make a man very "book-smart" but does 7 degrees make a man wise? The answer is a very big NO why because wisdom and common sense have nothing to do with books and degrees. Robert Mugabe considers himself the wisest amongst men because of his 7 degrees to the point of referring to all oppositions as "garbage". Robert Mugabe even had the gut to refer to Nelson Mandela as a "coward" why because unlike Robert Mugabe, Nelson Mandela decided to make peace with his enemies (the white people of South Africa who put him in jail for 3 decades) and helped unite his country South Africa for the better. The white oppressors put Mandela in jail for 27 years just because Mandela was busy fighting against apartheid (the worst form of racial discrimination against black people). Robert Mugabe expected Mandela to drive away all the white people from South Africa just like he Robert Mugabe did in Zimbabwe. Because Nelson Mandela decided to choose peace over violence, Robert Mugabe considers Mandela a coward. Meanwhile, after all Robert Mugabe's "courage" and "wisdom", Zimbabwe remains the poorest in Africa. Does this make a leader a hero?
He is an African and a very old man and so it is our duty as Africans to respect his age and that is why some of us continue to respect him despite all his evil deeds. We don't respect his evil deeds and we don't respect his character and nature. We just respect his age as an African. But does that make him a hero? The answer is a very big NO. Robert Mugabe is one of the biggest failures in the history of Africa and deserves worse treatments than even the Mubarak of Egypt and it makes no sense at all to compare him to great men like Nelson Mandela and that is the truth.