Here’s the feel good story of the day:
“Rusape, Zimbabwe — The last time white Zimbabwean farmer Rob Smart left his land it was at gunpoint, forced out in June by riot police armed with tear gas and AK-47 assault rifles.
He returned on Thursday to ululations and tears of joy from former workers and their families who were also kicked out — a jubilant return and the first sign that the president who has replaced Robert Mugabe is making good on a vow to stop illegal land seizures and restore property rights.
Scores of jubilant black Zimbabweans nearly knocked the 71-year-old off his feet as he and his two children stepped out of their car and onto their land for the first time in six months.
Smart’s case was taken up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s then vice-president who heard of Smart’s violent eviction while at an investment conference in Johannesburg.
Mnangagwa became president last month following a de facto coup that ended 93-year-old Mugabe’s rule. In the latter half of his 37 years in power, Zimbabwe’s economy collapsed, especially after the seizure of thousands of white-owned commercial farms under the banner of post-colonial land reform. …”
Occidental Dissent didn’t spend much time covering the fall of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe in November. He was one of the last of Africa’s dinosaurs.
BTW, the headline is tongue-in-cheek. Zimbabwe is going through the same process we have seen in other African countries where decades of Afrocentric dictatorship following independence has brought about economic ruin. The result is always a rival who comes to power promising to break with the corruption and incompetence of the old regime. It reminds me of the downfall of Mobutu in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1990s. We’re now 20 years into the Kabila era there.