Jubilation Continues In Zimbabwe As Mugabe Finally Resigns

With the news of a shocking resignation of the long-serving Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe reaching the streets of Zimbabwe, many still have mixed feelings on what lies ahead of the country in the years to come. To many also, the news about Mugabe’s formal resignation is a sign of freedom for all and a call back home. Robert Mugabe formally tendered his resignation letter to Zimbabwean Parliament after a few weeks of the Military invasion of the city capital.

Parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda told lawmakers on Tuesday, November 21, ending a 37-year rule defined by brutality and economic collapse. “I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect,” said speaker Mudenda, reading the resignation letter. Mugabe who became President of Zimbabwe 37 years ago, inherited a well-diversified economy with the potential to become one of sub-Saharan Africa’s best performers. 

Today, Zimbabwe is the region’s basket case, with real per capita incomes down 15 per cent since 1980. The economic collapse, coupled with other daring issues ranging from health, unemployment, to a high level of poverty forced millions of the Zimbos to migrate to other countries like South Africa, Australia and Britain. It’s estimated that over 3.4 million Zimbabweans, a quarter of the population have fled their country as refugees and Britain is said to house the majority with over 400,000. Many left their homes for to seek refuge in other countries as a result of the repressive government in the country and mass violation of human rights.

Back home in South Africa, it is believed that there are “between two to three million Zimbabweans living and working” in various part of South Africa. Their influx into the neighbouring country is said to be of major concern to the SA government who at a time were making plans to deport most of the undocumented immigrants. Many of the Zimbos in SA remain, victims of xenophobic attacks and many other crimes, while some participate in most the crimes. 

Thousands of Zimbabweans apply for asylum, yet only a tiny fraction is granted. Since South Africa does not officially recognize the human rights violations of Mugabe’s regime, the majority of Zimbabweans crossing the border are deported back to their country, 14,000 are deported every week. The vast majority of Zimbabweans that flee to South Africa are children. Between 350 and 400 cross the border without passing official checkpoints, many travel without an adult. Criminals know this and take advantage of the situation — robbing, enslaving or sexually abusing Zimbabwean children. Most interestingly, much of Zimbabwe is maintained and financed because of the money that these refugees are sending back home; small amounts of money are consistently sent each month to many families who then use that money to pay for school, groceries or housing.

But, as Zimbabweans across South Africa remain in a celebratory mood following the resignation of their long-serving President Robert Mugabe, hailing it as the beginning of a promising future for their country South Africans also rejoice with them with some calling for their immediate return to their home countries.

South Africans say Zimbabweans, like many other foreign migrants, must return to their home country so their government could concentrate more on providing jobs and necessary amenities.
Jubilation Continues In Zimbabwe As Mugabe Finally Resigns Jubilation Continues In Zimbabwe As Mugabe Finally Resigns Reviewed by Nene Sochi-Okereke on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 Rating: 5

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