A United Kingdom-based law lecturer Alex Magaisa has cautioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU PF party against pursuing populist policies. He admonished ZANU PF to rather implement meaningful reforms which will take the country forward.
Magaisa used the pre-World War Two British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain as a case study, and also drew parallels with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister current Abiy Ahmed. Writing on microblogging site Twitter, Magaisa had this to say
Before World War 2, then British PM Neville Chamberlain thought a policy of appeasement towards Hitler would pacify the tyrant and prevent another war. It was seen as pragmatic. But it failed to stop Hitler. He went on regardless. No, appeasement doesn’t stop authoritarianism.
ED came in with a huge amount of goodwill. The coup was tolerated. He had great chances to make changes. Before elections, backers gave the excuse that he could not make fundamental reforms lest he disrupts his ship. But the situation has worsened and reforms are still lacking.
… Not far off in Ethiopia is a young leader who came into power a months after ED. His name is Abiy Ahmed, born 1976. He has used his role to make key changes that are transforming Ethiopia. He has made peace with the neighbours and acknowledged past wrongs. He has made an impact.
It remains to be seen whether Ahmed maintains the momentum – we hope he does – but he has made an impactful start which gives hope to his people. It is this impactful beginning which ED failed to make, preferring to appease his comrades while squandering the goodwill he had.
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