WISE MEN always say that it is sensible to leave the stage when the applause is loudest. This is because, in most instances, heroes turn out to be monsters because they failed to leave the stage when the applause was loudest.
The case of former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe of Zimbabwe is one such instance where Mr Mugabe was once hailed as an independence revolutionist, but is now seen as a nuisance and burden to the good people of Zimbabwe.
Mr Mugabe rose to power in 1980 and ruled for 37 years. He is credited for being a true African who fought against White dominance and control.
He is noted for such popular quotes as “the only White man you can trust is a dead White man.”
“Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the White man, our real enemy,” and “was it not enough punishment and suffering in history that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not only in new colonial outposts but also domestically.”
But, his continuous stay in power through manipulation of the electoral laws made him a monstrous dictator who needed to be kicked out by reasonable force as was championed by the Zimbabwean Military recently.
The decision to put Mr Mugabe under house arrest, his release and initiation of impeachment process amidst massive mass demonstration by a section of the citizenry eventually paid off.
Yesterday, the BBC reported that Mr Mugabe had resigned. The announcement was made through the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Jacob Mudenda.
According to Mr Mudenda, a letter from Mr Mugabe said the decision to resign was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power.
It is refreshing that new things are happening in Zimbabwe. The DAILY HERITAGE commends members of the mass movement who forced Mr Mugabe to resign.
It is our hope that Zimbabwe would chart a new course and make room for new ideas to turn around the ailing economy.
Other countries that are also running family monarchies such as Togo should learn from the disgraceful end of Mr Mugabe and relinquish power honourably to avoid a similar shameful end.