From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
Dr. Kwasi Amakye Boateng, a Senior Lecturer at the Political Science Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has given an unflattering eulogy to the late Zimbabwean President, Mr. Robert Mugabe, saying, “he fought independence for his selfish interests and few cronies” at the expense of the majority of the citizens.
Dr. Amakye Boateng believes the late leader has nothing to offer as a legacy as far as good leadership was concerned, noting that apart from political independence, the people were denied their economic freedom since the late Mugabe left power.
The Political Science Lecturer, who made the disclosure in Kumasi last Friday during a discussion on OTEC FM radio political talk show Dwaberem, hosted by Agya Owusu Ansah, maintained that most African leaders have failed to redeem the continent from the shackles of poverty in spite of the myriads of natural resources at their disposal.
A number of Ghanaians have eulogised one of the longest reining African leaders after the news broke out that the maverick leader had died at a Singaporean hospital early Friday morning.
Ghana’s Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo, described the late former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a great Freedom Fighter of Africa, while Ghana’s former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Madam Charlotte Osei, in her reaction to the death described him as a man who has left a complicated legacy at age 95.
Notwithstanding these, Dr. Amakye Boateng, who is also a political analyst, affirmed that the ZANU-PF leader did not exhibit genuine democratic qualities while in power, stating that most of the people he fought for independence with like Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo, had to seek exile with no valid passport.
He insisted: “In spite of his fine speeches at the UN General Assembly meetings, Mr. Robert Mugabe did not leave any legacy for his country, and Africa as a whole. There is nothing positive to be attributed to him, including the peace of the country, because Zimbabweans loved peace and not by the doings of Mugabe, and thus ended up disappointing his array of supporters.
“He came to fight for the independence for the people, but because of his poor leadership style, more people would be free to fly outside Africa if free airlines are provided today. There is nothing to praise him for,” the University don indicated.
Dr. Amakye Boateng further warned African leaders in charge to offer exemplary leadership in order to be given due tributes while they are gone because they are failing to improve the lots of the masses stressing that Africans need not to waddle in poverty, poor health conditions and lack of employment for the teeming youths.
Dr. Amakye Boateng insisted that if he had the power as a leader he would have sacked Mr. Robert Mugabe from seeking medical attention in Singapore due to his failure to provide one in his native country after close to four decades as President of Zimbabwe.
Mr. Mackay Anim-Appiah, Executive Director of PEN International in Accra, told this reporter that the late Mugabe started well until the end of the 1980s, when he began hating people who held dissenting views.
“Yes, Bobby was brilliant and intelligent, but how come it never occurred to him that oppressing his own people created an avoidable gap between them,” Mackay queried.
Meanwhile, Nana Nanabanyin Ninsin-Imbeah II, eldest nephew of the late Amai Sally Frances Mugabe, former First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, has described the death of the first Zimbabwean ruler, Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe, as a huge pain and great loss to the entire African Continent and its liberation movements.
Nana Ninsin-Imbeah II said the former Zimbabwean President would be remembered as a gallant guerilla and an enviable hero, who sacrificed alongside others to pluck Zimbabwe from the claws of the oppressive colonialist regime of the then Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
Speaking to this reporter moments after Comrade Leo Mugabe, former Chairman of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) and eldest nephew of the
late President Mugabe, broke the news of the death to him, Nana Ninsin-Imbeah II, said comrade Robert G. Mugabe as the most educated President the world has ever known, contributed greatly to the people of Zimbabwe by making them well educated.
The National Chairman of the Ghana Highway Authority Retired Staff Association (GHARSA) said the people of Zimbabwe should forever remain grateful to comrade Robert G. Mugabe for retrieving all the lands of Zimbabwe from the whites for them, as the true owners of the Zimbabwean lands.
Nana Ninsin-Imbeah II, who is also the ex-Nyimfahen of the Mfantseman Council in the Ashanti Region, said the African traitors and their white collaborators would soon sing songs of praise in honour of Uncle Bob, who remained steadfast to the Lancaster House Agreement, but did not tolerate the “nonsense” of its derailment by the “shameless white traitors and their selfish local agents.”
Nana Ninsin-Imbeah II ended by calling on all presidents of Africa, liberation fighters and Zimbabweans to firmly unite and realise that Comrade Mugabe has greatly sacrificed alongside others for the total liberation of Zimbabwe, and called for a befitting and heroic sendoff.