By Patson Dzamara
The humanity in me has often refrained me from dragging Mugabe’s children into the business of their parents. Reality has conspired to leave no other choice than to do so from today, onwards. Bona, Robert Jnr, and Chatunga, along with their parents are a grandstanding dynasty whose selfish desires and interests hold our collective future ransom as we speak.
Old hill billy mom and dad, have destroyed the future of many young people in a bid to secure their own futures. That means the children, who stand to be the largest benefactors when Mugabe dies are not only blind innocent recipients of ill gotten wealth, they are active participants.
These realisations are not personal. I have no intention of painting Mugabe’s children in the same monster paint as their murderous father. I think somehow in someway, their hands do not drip bright red blood as their parents do.
I met Bona Mugabe for the first time in 2012. Instantly, i fell in love with her affable and composed personality. Bona has an immaculate and adorable personality. Playfully, I even inquired whether she was spoken for. She is a good person.
I have always looked at Bona with deep regard because she has been subtle and circumspect regarding her involvement in her parents’ story of leadership failure. How she has finally allowed herself to be dovetailed into their deplorable legacy of failure, corruption, nepotism and misrule boggles my mind.
Last week, Bona was appointed to two boards, the Censorship and the Empowerment Bank board. Of course, Bona is educated but she is not the only Zimbabwean youth who is educated. If anything, Bona has got so many privileges which acrue to her by virtue of being the president’s daughter. These privileges include among other things, travel, exposure, wealth and connections.
For her to accept those two appointments is a huge disappointment. If it was just one appointment maybe she would have gotten away with it, not two. Its unacceptable and i am convinced that she knows better. I used to think that Bona was the reasonable one in that family of shame but the pressure of her father’s political sunset and the trappings of power seem to be getting the best of her.
With her brothers constantly and unashamedly flaunt what they have and engaging in petty fights on social media, these children have become accomplices in their parents’ misrule. Mugabe’s sons are voluminous and rambunctious. Unapologetically, they show off the things they have been privileged to have as a result of who their parents are.
Meanwhile, their power intoxicated, motor-mouth mother never misses an opportunity to assert who she is thereby exposing her mental and political ineptitude. She has become a tsunami, a trouble maker, a rubble rouser and a wandering missile. It doesn’t take much for anyone to know who she is, she just has to open her mouth.
In his own world of physical incapacitation and obviously day dreaming, Mugabe nolonger has a firm grip on anything. Age has taken its toll on him. His insatiable love for power has led him to erode his own legacy. He is now a villain who is detested by most of his countrymen. For presiding over the suffering of the masses and monumental atrocities such us Gukurahundi and Murambatsvina, Mugabe has become an enemy of the people.
Mugabe’s family is supposed to be the first family but its a family of shame. It is a curse to Zimbabweans.
- Patson Dzamara is a political analyst and social commentator for Khuluma Afrika.