The Fate of White Farmers in the New Zimbabwe Government
It appears that tensions are rising in the politically volatile African nation of Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe finally resigned after nearly three decades. This comes as a result of pressure from the military and the Zimbabwean people. He is set to be replaced by former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The conflict began as one between the Zimbabwe army commander General Constantino Chiwenga and President Robert Mugabe.
Recently, Mugabe fired his second in command, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was thought to be Mugabe’s successor after the 93-year old leader passes away.
The firing of Mnangagwa angered General Chiwenga who said the following in a statement: “We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that, when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in.”
Unfortunately, this conflict seems to be a power struggle, and the genocide of white farmers will likely not be addressed.
The history of Zimbabwe is necessary to understand the situation white Africans in Zimbabwe find themselves in.
Zimbabwe was formerly known as Rhodesia, and it was run by mostly Dutch and British colonists. The black majority did not have political freedom and governance was in the hands of the white minority. The lack of political freedom led black nationalists in Rhodesia to acts of terror against both white colonists and black Africans who worked for them.
In 1980, the Republic of Rhodesia became the Republic of Zimbabwe after an election, supervised by the British government led by Margaret Thatcher. Mugabe’s party of black nationalists, ZANU, won the election.
ZANU, still ran by Mugabe decades later, did not lose its radical black nationalist and anti-colonialist views.
The Zimbabwe government and supporters of the government have been illegally seizing the land of white farmers for decades. This seizure usually involves violence and killings.
Mugabe himself does not deny the violence against whites. Recently, he stated: “Yes, we have those who were killed when they resisted. We will never prosecute those who killed them. I ask, why should we arrest them?”
In 2014, Mugabe had stated: “We say no to whites owning our land, and they should go.”
Mugabe’s land redistribution plans are not effective. More black Africans have access to land, but many former farms are looted for scrap metal by people who do not know how to farm. White farm owners were also a boon to Zimbabwe’s economy and provided stable wages to many black Africans.
A 2009 documentary titled “Mugabe and the White African” displays some of the violence and turmoil caused by Mugabe’s policies to both white and black Africans.
Unfortunately, the attitude towards white people would likely remain unchanged in the event of a coup.
Former Vice-President Mnangagwa, one of the individuals in the center of the coup, has been a member of Mugabe’s ZANU for decades. Mnangagwa was also involved in the radical and violent black nationalist movements of the 1970s. Mnangagwa bears the nickname “The Crocodile” for his violent activities.
Mnangagwa and Chiwenga seem more interested in their own political power than the slaughter of white Zimbabweans.
As far as the rest of the world is concerned, a new Zimbabwe government will look awfully similar to the old Zimbabwe government as the human rights abuses continue.