And celebrate they should. One of the world’s great crony capitalists is on the way out. Of course who the next devil is is a big question.
Zimbabwe is a particularly sad situation. It is a country with vast resources and in developing world terms a very high literacy rate. It does not need to be poor. It has many things going for it. But Mugabe, years ago decided to play the race card and chase all the white farmers (who had much of the country’s farming expertise) out of the country (brutally) when his leadership was challenged. Now Zimbabwe is a shell of what it once was. Hopefully its best days are still ahead of it. Things, for the moment are looking up.
Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been effectively at an end since the army seized control on Wednesday, confining him to his residence, saying it wanted to target the “criminals” around him.
State television said Mugabe would meet military commanders on Sunday, quoting Catholic priest Fidelis Mukonori, who has been mediating in negotiations with the president.
But hundreds of thousands of people had no need for a formal signal that his time had ended as they flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers.
In scenes reminiscent of the downfall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, men, women and children ran alongside the armoured cars and the troops who stepped in this week to oust the only ruler Zimbabwe has known since independence in 1980.