The unexpected happened and Robert Mugabe finally gave in to the mounting pressure and resigned as the Head of State and Government of Zimbabwe. This came as a long-awaited relief to Zimbabweans who had grown extremely weary with his regime. The antics of former First Lady Grace Mugabe only made things worse.
The spectacular fashion in which this all occurred still remains mind-boggling to some. It was an extraordinary, unique way of pushing out a leader who had literally ruled the country with an iron fist. The military generals made it look like a coup, and then dispelled those claims.
The African Union (AU) were swift to react in the early moments of the coup/non-coup, especially when the premises of the state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation were seized by the military. They were quick to say that they would never accept military rule, and this stoked flames of anger in the Zimbabweans, who argued that why was the AU rasing conerns when all along people had suffered.
Now that Mugabe has resigned, and there has been peaceful transition of power, the AU has commended the developments in Zimbabwe. And with this, the mixed legacy of Robert Mugabe is brought to the fore. The African Union has welcomed Robert Mugabe’s decision to step down as president of Zimbabwe, saying the people had expressed their will for a “peaceful transfer of power”.
AU commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said that he welcomed the decision by Robert Mugabe to step down from his position following a lifetime of service to Zimbabweans. “President Mugabe will be remembered as a fearless pan-Africanist liberation fighter, and the father of the independent Zimbabwean nation,” he said in a statement.
In this respect, what Mahamat said reflects the truthful position of the great service that Robert Mugabe rendered to his nation. His fight against imperialism remains an invaluable aspect of his legacy. Though done in a chaotic, haphazard and unfair manner, the land reform program will also remain one the the greatest achievements of Robert Mugabe.
He had a burning desire to extricate his people from poverty by empowering them. Ironically though, he has caused untold suffering for his people.
He has presided over weak economical policies and also economic policies that chased away investors. The current state of affairs in Zimbabwe is simply not pleasant, something which gives incoming Mnangagwa a hard time.