Ghana’s former President, John Dramani Mahama’s Twitter comment sympathizing with Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and praising his role in pan Africanism, has triggered harsh criticisms from some Zimbabweans.
The former Ghanaian President had suggested that Mugabe will be remembered kindly by history.
Mr. Mugabe resigned on Tuesday after an impeachment process was triggered in the country’s Parliament to have him removed from office.
This was followed by Zimbabweans celebrating all over the country, after a letter read out by the country’s Speaker of Parliament conveyed the 93-year-old’s resignation.
Mr. Mugabe’s 37 years as President was notably marked by the mismanagement that wrecked the country amid bouts of instigated ethnic violence against political opponents over the years.
Though hailed as an African independence hero, he is now regarded as despot, having been perceived to have eroded his own legacy.
These facts were not lost on some Zimbabweans, Ghanaians, and other Africans, as Mr. Mahama tweeted: “A sad ending for a liberation hero, a patriot and a great Pan Africanist. I pray the dramatic events of November serve as a reboot for democracy and prosperity in
#Zim. History will remember Comrade Mugabe kindly.”
Some of the persons on the ground in Zimbabwe sought to educate Mr. Mahama on the reality in the Southern African state.
These persons were ably backed up by some other watchers on twitter who saw no grace in Mugabe’s 37 years as President.