by Kelvin Mupungu
Mandela scoffs at Mugabe’s love for large motorcades
In a very short video clip circulating in social media, the late icon Nelson Mandela has a go at Mugabe. Mandela confirms that people have been asking him why he does not have a huge motorcade like Mugabe.
Speaking to his grand children over a meal,Mandela openly indicates that such was behaviour typical of Zimbabwe because he thought huge motorcade makes a lot of noise.
In the clip below Mandela claims that Mugabe did not want him released from prison. It is possible that the two heroes against imperialism were competing for iconism . It appears they did not like each other very well.
President Mugabe was quoted in May 2013 speaking to “People of the South” host Dali Tambo saying “Mandela has gone a bit too far in doing good to the non-black communities, really in some cases at the expense of [blacks]…,”
Political commentators believe that the two were fighting for global recognition as Africa’s greatest sons. Mugabe who is known for tough politics regarded Mandela as “..being too saintly, too good, too much of a saint,”
Mandela is gone now and was described by speaker after speaker at yesterday’s Nelson Mandela Memorial as an extra-ordinary citizen of the world.
USA President described Mandela as “a rare human being”.
We all have times set for meeting with our maker “The Lord” but one wonders what and how Mugabe shall be regarded when his day comes.
Analysts believe that after delivering a moving tribute to Mandela in Soweto during the Nelson Mandela Memorial, USA President who went on shaking the hands of most foreign dignitaries, avoided shaking Mugabe’s hand. Zimbabwe is under sanctions from the West at the moment for violations of human rights.
There are some on the African continent, Latin America and Asia who regard Mugabe as a hero for fighting imperialism. At the same memorial event in Soweto only a few leaders received cheers from the crowd. Among them was President Mugabe and Obama. Jacob Zuma was heavily jeered by his South African compatriots.
It is very hard to compare the two because Mandela came out of prison a reformed nationalist. Mugabe to his grave shall stick to his militancy. History shall be the best judge.