Trajectories of Nationalism, National Identity Formation and Crisis in a Postcolonial State
Chapter SixMugabeism as Nationalism 233
Chapter Six Mugabeism as Nationalism Mugabeism is a pan-African revolutionary philosophy, the final onslaught on imperialism on the continent, and for Africans to use war against the imperialists. This is African revolution, the Third Chimurenga, another name for pan-African nationalism. … Revolutionaries see and equate President Mugabe’s anti-imperialist creed with something that sounds like a ‘hold on a minute comrades, the coffin lid is still open so let’s have another look around, storm back and put things right’. Chinondidya-chii Mararike1 Over the years, people – black and white, high and low – have struggled to make sense of Robert Gabriel Mugabe. Andrew Norman2 Mugabeism has existed since the post-independence era when Africa’s big men were at the helm of power. The Mugabeism of the first genera- tion of African leaders is however understandable given that one-party system of government encouraged it. With the advent of democracy in Africa in the 1990s, one would not have expected brutal autocratic regimes to rear their ugly heads again in Africa. We should be dead worried about what is happening in Zimbabwe. Tchaka Ndhlovu3 1 C. Mararike, ‘Africa Should Fight, Defeat Imperialism’, in http://www.mail-archive. email@example.com/msg04354.html. 2 A. Norman, Mugabe: Teacher, Revolutionary, Tyrant (Gloucestershire: History Press, 2008), p. 161. 3 T. Ndhlovu, ‘Zimbabwe: Why African Leaders Are Silent?’, The Africa Executive Magazine in http://www.africaexecutive.com/modules/magazine/article_print. php?article=2208. 234 Chapter Six It is the idea of the impurity of Mugabe that haunts much of contem- porary Zimbabwean history. He has never apologised for the...
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