Brian Kagoro, a Zimbabwean lawyer and academic, has claimed that the late former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe did not inherit a great country from Ian Smith.
Posting on Twitter, Kagoro said that he was now uncomfortable with unsubstantiated claims that the country that was inherited by Mugabe was better than it has become. He said:
# I am sick and tired of this “inherited a great country mantra”.Great for whom? We cannot pretend that Rhodesia was the most inclusive,egalitarian& Democratic country unless we are totally dishonest or brain dead. This notwithstanding Mugabe’s repression&faults
Kagoro’s remarks come when some Zimbabweans reflecting the legacy of Zimbabwe’s founding leader have opined that Mugabe inherited a great country and then destroyed it.
They observe that the country used to be a breadbasket of SADC but now has become a basket case. Below are some of the responses to Kagoro’s post.
We inherited infrastructure. Road dzisina makomba. Mvura muma Taps. We did not maintain and to expand mudhara. (We inherited infrastructure including roads which did not have potholes. We also had potable water coming out of taps. We failed to maintain and expand what we inherited.)
Please read reports of what infrastructure was there in 1980 and the additional infrastructure built after 1980 (schools, clinics, hospitals, roads, boreholes, etc). He was a gravely imperfect man, but let us use facts to describe his achievements and failures
We also need to ask what percentage of the population had access to primary education, clean drinking water, primary health care, birth certificates, and access to formerly whites-only social amenities. There were great roads, bridges, schools, clinics reserved mostly for whites