Lessons from Zimbabwe

Armed soldiers stop a vehicle to search on the road leading to President Robert Mugabe’s office in Harare, Zimbabwe Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Overnight, at least three explosions were heard in the capital, Harare, and military vehicles were seen in the streets. On Monday, the army commander had threatened to “step in” to calm political tensions over the 93-year-old Mugabe’s possible successor. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

As we all await the final outcome of the situation in Zimbabwe, there is one fact that will not change whatever the outcome is and that is the Zimbabwean Army is focused on its mandate that of being the defense pillar of the nation. The army has proved beyond any reasonable doubt that they have the interest of the nation at heart. They have shown that Zimbabwe is bigger than Robert Mugabe and his wife. They have proved that Zimbabwe is not Mugabe’s country or his mother or father. This is what Saviour Chishimba in Zambia said that landed him in a week detention. He simply said Zambia did not belong to Lungu’s mother. Now let us contrast this to Zambia. The Army bosses are aware of who is causing untold suffering for the masses. Kaizer Zulu and Company but in Zambia the army generals are as corrupt as the politicians. In other circles even more corrupt than politicians. Look at the wealth accumulated by the Zambia Airforce Commander Erick Chimense and his Deputy General Muma who have even sold land belonging to Zambia Airforce. Muma has even constructed a convetion centre on the land called 365 Degrees. Are these the generals who can come to the defense of the population? Zambia needs a disciplined and dedicated army not just imbibing duty free alcohol. Whatever the outcome in Zimbabwe, Mugabe has been bruised. It is a lesson to Yoweri Museveni, Jacib Zuma himself who wants to handover power to his ex wife and Edgar Lungu who is learning dictatorial tendencies from these thugs. Zambia may not need a defunct army but a Citizen revolution. The Zimbabwean army is smart.