Monday, June 30, 2008

One vote is all it takes

In this video, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is seen casting a ballot in his one-man presidential election, trying to make the impression that his country is somehow embracing democracy (opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is currently holed up in the Dutch Embassy, fearing for his life as armed Mugabe supporters await him outside).



I don't even see why Mugabe is even bothering to hold an election, his vote he is casting is the only one that matters, and the only one that will count, in his form of "democracy".

I recently read that Americans are less concerned with foreign policy, and are more focused on domestic issues, like the economy...well, in Zimbabwe, inflation has soared to unimaginable levels, unemployment is rampant, and the people are heavily reliant on food aid. Now, when a leader has failed the people in a way like Robert Mugabe has, the people have a responsibility to remove that leader from office. America's problems pale in comparison to Zimbabwe's, but nevertheless, in November, Americans have the chance to chose a leader they believe will be the most productive, whether that be John McCain or Barack Obama. No doubt the percentage who fail to see their candidate elected will take this right for granted.

With Zimbabwe, the options are clear--vote for Mugabe, or risk having a militia come to your home to torture, kill, and dismember you and your family. In the end, it doesn't really matter, because more of Mugabe will bring the latter with it no matter what.

Also, note the mobile phone footage that was taken for this video, where a police chief is seen sifting through the votes of his fellow officers during the election, only approving those that have checked off Mugabe's name.

I suppose this is just another day in Africa...

6 comments:

programmer craig said...

I remember when this guy was all over the news back in 1998 for confiscating people's farms and handing them over to his followers. It's hard to believe that there are places in the world where a "leader" can do things like that and stay in power, isn't it? It's hard for me to believe, anyway.

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This is hilarious. Now i understand why even cricket players of Zimbabwe left their country .

Muhannad said...

I saw an interview last night with a farmer who was beaten up badly by Mugabe's goons. If Mugabe doesn't step down, I think the UN or a coalition of the willing should go in and make him step down!

C.H. said...

Yes, absolutely Muhannad...there is no way Zimbabwe could be worse off than it is now with this guy straddling to power.

Just think, he's 84 years old...I think that he's hoping to live out the rest of his life in power, otherwise, should the opposition take over, its very likely he could face the same fate as Saddam Hussein--and for good reason.

Data Entry said...

this is a joke . why would he care to even caste a vote , when only his vote matters?

Anand said...

Until recently Mandela backed him (although that has now changed.) Mbeki still does. These enablers allowed Mugabe jerk to stay in power for so long.