Zimbabwe’s Reviled Despot Mugabe Steps Down… No news on replacement despot

Mugabe – Launched his own fashion line of “Mugabe Wear”

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has agreed to step down after 37 years in power.

The world’s oldest leader is due to officially announce his departure on live television tonight.

The news was greeted with ecstatic celebrations all over the country, with cars honking horns and crowds spontaneously taking to the streets of the capital.

Hordes of people danced, sang and shouted anti-Mugabe slogans in scenes that looked likely to overshadow yesterday’s protests on the streets of Harare tonight.

  • Gary

    If they can hold out until June 2018 , Wynne might be free and finally have here dream come true and stay in power until she dies.

  • Martin B

    Imagine the harm Obama could have caused if he’d been in power for 37 years instead of just 8. A roll of toilet paper would cost 100 trillion dollars and starving Americans would be eating grass and dung beetles.

  • ntt1

    there will be no improvement for zimbaweians in fact the certainty is that another music hall general like idi amin will come to power and the slide back to bronze age will continue.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    This is indeed a blow to democracy!
    I can’t wait for the UN Human Rights people to start screaming about this affront.

    • ontario john

      Well, I guess he won’t be getting that public relations job at the UN after all.

      • bob e

        he is qualified, however ..

  • UCSPanther

    There is a chance things might improve, but the odds are against that.

    My bet is on Zimbabwe becoming like Zaire/Congo.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      So, Zimbabwe will be getting better then.
      Got it!

  • Hard Little Machine

    I want that suit.

    • bob e

      ha ha ..

  • ontario john

    Maybe that is one of the spots Super Socks is going to send female soldiers to preach feminism.

  • DaninVan

    What was his 2IC like, before he was sacked? Now that he’s back this might actually matter.

    • Exile1981

      The 2IC is suspected of killing off competitors and was stealing anything not nailed down…. so the same as mugabe.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Hard to know what happens there. There is an endemic breakdown of civic order and the institutions that serve it. Mugabe was a thief and a thug and a violent tyrant but that allowed Zimbabwe to turn into something resembling an organized crime family or families. He kept his own opponents in check but at a local level they were allowed to wage whatever mayhem as long as they liked as long as they kicked back to him. Mugabe owns the largest privately owned home in the continent of Africa. He’s more of a crazed Bond villain billionaire than he is a maniac.

    Zimbabwe, unlike many African countries doesn’t present much of ethnic or tribal problem. The Shona majority is 70% of the people. The second largest ethnic group, Ndbele represents a sixth and they have a fairly good history of getting on with one another. Nearly the entire country is Christian and English is spoken by most people. English is the language of government and media. The probability of some kind of genocidal uprising is very very low.

    Zimbabwe has little in the way of extractive natural resources; almost no minerals or gold, oil or gas. It mines nickel, iron and copper and a small volume of diamonds. Agriculture is the biggest share of the economy and a large piece of that is tobacco. No one’s going to war to grow tobacco.

    I think we’ll see more of the same.

  • Blind Druid

    Meet the new Boss — same as the old Boss. Won’t get fooled again — Oh wait.