An editor at the Independent, Dumisani Muleya has claimed that Mugabe might be long gone, the system he left is still intact. Muleya notes that president Emmerson Mnangagwa was successful in retaining Mugabe’s failures.
Muleya says that during an interview with eNCA in 2017 when the people marched against Mugabe he indicated that celebrations were premature since it was not certain that the removal of former president Robert Mugabe from power would bring about the transformation the nation was yearning for. He said:
The form and character of the regime might change, but not its substance or content, I indicated before challenging the presenter to interview me again 12 months down the line to test the realism and credibility of my observations.
In other words, metaphorically I posited a scenario like a chaotic brawl aboard a ramshackle ship on high seas sailing to nowhere or unknown destination, in which the captain is removed as vessel leader and is thrown into the waters, while one of his protégés takes over.
The ship, however, remains intact and continues sailing; still going nowhere.
The editor believes that he was right to argue that Mugabeism, a system Mugabe introduced, would not go away with his demise. He said that the current administration is repressing, brutalising, hounding, arresting, abducting, crushing and even killing people the way the Mugabe administration did. Muleya added that Zimbabwe is still grounded by issues such as the economic crisis, corruption, and poverty which were present when Mugabe was the president.
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