The peaceful removal and the end of a 37 years of Robert Mugabe regime, is the sign of the biggest step Africa has made on its own!
In 2011, the Arab Spring in North Africa claimed lives and total destruction of institutions and systems including the physical infrastructure to remove dictators. Many wished, out of desperation, that youths of Sub-Saharan Africa could get the guts and do the same to remove dictators- the main one being Mugabe.
Akhaa!! In 6 years time, the oldest dictator in Sub-Saharan Africa has been removed. In peace. No single life has been claimed in this process of removal. Bravo to all Zimbabweans!!!
You have made Sub-Saharan Africa proud. Thank you!
But Zimbabwe is not the only sign. See what happened to #Kenya following the disagreements on the August 2017 general elections. The matter was taken to the court. The court decided the elections were not fair and free. Nullified the results. Kenyans accepted and they went on into another elections. Peacefully.
Following the second elections in October 2017, there were other disagreements – the courts were trusted again- and they have, by and large, resolved the matter – despite a few “left overs” causing issues- that I believe they will be solved through similar peaceful means.
For African Political Scientists and Scholars of International Relations, this makes us proud. Our modern African history was tainted with coups and military dictatorship. Now, the Zimbabwe military has shown us the true role of a military- facilitation of peaceful transition and regime change.
Indeed, am reminded of phrase: “the stone that was rejected by the builders, has become the cornerstone”. Zimbabwe- a country that had become a disguise and a reminder of the dark face of Africa- has become an example for the rest of us, and a sign of Africa Rising!