POV: Mugabe and the White African

Angry new farm owner(Photo: Robin Hammond)

An alarming story from one of the world’s most troubled nations. In Zimbabwe, de facto dictator Robert Mugabe has unleashed a “land reform” program aimed at driving whites from the country through violence and intimidation.

One proud “white African,” however, has challenged Mugabe with human rights abuses under international law. Michael Campbell and his family their farm – in court and on the ground.

Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, rose to prominence in the 1960s as a freedom fighter leading a guerrilla war against white-minority rule in the then Rhodesia.  He endured many years of imprisonment and left Rhodesia in 1976 to continue his efforts for the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle from bases in Mozambique.

He emerged as a national hero in the minds of many Africans and a natural candidate for leadership of the newly independent Zimbabwe, and became the first Prime Minister.

Since 1998 however, Mugabe’s policies have increasingly elicited domestic and international denunciation and his rhetoric, once so apparently progressive and unifying has become evermore aggressive and divisive.

“The white man is not indigenous to Africa.  Africa is for Africans.  Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans.

“I am still the Hitler of the times. This Hitler has only one objective: Justice for his people; sovereignty for his people. If that is Hitler, right… then let me be a Hitler tenfold!” – Robert Mugabe