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Veteran journalist Wilf Mbanga flanked by Robert Mugabe and Julius Nyerere (then president of Tanzania) in india in 1983.
The Panafricanists of yesteryear. From left Same Nujoma, Kenneth Kaunda, Samora Machel, Julius Nyerere, Robert Mugabe and Eduardo Dos Santos
An old newspaper caption from 1981

“You have inherited a Jewel in Africa, don’t tarnish it “President Julius Nyereres words to Mugabe back in 1981.

This was when Zimbabwe gained its independence from Britain. Zimbabwe was a powerhouse when it came to economic fundamentals.

👉🏾 It had the infrastructure
👉🏾 It had the regulatory framework for many sectors
👉🏾 It boasted one of the most efficient civil service in Africa
👉🏾 It had the second most fearsome army in Africa after South Africa
👉🏾 It had the best postal service (letters would be delivered to mail boxes)
👉🏾 Water and electricity supply was at its best (right into the high density townships)
👉🏾 There were no “shanty” compounds in any major city This was indeed a Jewel.

So what happened?

How did such a powerhouse turn into a proverb about incompetence in African leadership?

My book gives five very solid reasons and in the case of Zimbabwe, four of those five reasons resonated powerfully.

BTW, the whole Lancaster House Agreement breakdown and the subsequent land redistribution exercise was just a ruse. There were deeper issues at play.

Those that do not learn from history are bound to repeat it. 🥺

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