By Simon Howell
No news is good news apparently; but not in the case of Zimbabwe. While I really do not want this to become yet another article on the Zimbabwe fiasco, what the electoral nightmare does raise is one simple question which then leads to a number of very complicated questions. That question, simply stated, is
The first thing to note is that if a despotic leader clings to power, by whatever means necessary, then this is pretty much an admittance of complicity in whatever they are accused of doing (the
of calling them a despot in the first place). If not, then why are they afraid of losing power? Now this is contradictory for if they rose to power in a dust shower of praise “for the people, by the people” (as they normally do), then surely they would do whatever they can to reaffirm their link with “the people”? This reaffirmation, paradoxically, would then mean giving up power. If the despot is simply afraid of losing power, for power’s sake, then this seems reason enough. However there are generally a couple more violent reasons for trying to remain in power.