Mugabe Must Step Down Dec 01
Mr. Mugabe became the first President of Zimbabwe some 40 years ago, that
landlocked country in Africa was a rich nation that could feed its
population and export food to neighbouring countries. About 1000 white
farmers, owning most of the land, produced the food and the surplus.
Independence in Zimbabwe, the Lancaster House Agreement between Britain as
the colonial power and Zimbabwe allowed for land re-distribution to black
families, and appropriate compensation to white farmers without loss of
failed in implementing these reforms and failed to settle the poor black
families whilst allowing the white farmers to continue farming the
Independence, Mugabe has had so much time to establish real democracy,
rule of law and prosperity for all. Instead he has enriched himself, his
friends and destroyed his country's economy. He has made the poor even
poorer. He has intimidated, looted and deprived the white farmers who
produced so much wealth for his nation.
needs a free and fair election. Mugabe should not fear - he will be judged
on his record. If he is a statesman, like Mandela, then he should step
down with dignity and let someone else from his Zanu PF contest the
election. He should listen to the Archbishop of Zimbabwe who has also
urged him to be fair and just.