By Henry D Gombya
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, much derided by the West as a dictator and made to suffer years of economic sanctions by Western countries, is as you read this enjoying the biggest victory of his political career after gaining an overwhelming election victory that may send his main challenger Morgan Tsvangirai into political oblivion.
Having led the country since it gained independence in 1980, Mugabe has been called all names and banned from travelling to most Western countries after his land policy pitted black Zimbabweans against white Zimbabwean farmers who found themselves in possession of the most fertile parts of the country that they came to own during white rule.
A decision by the Mugabe government to return land to black Zimbabweans was seen by the West as an attack on white Zimbabweans most of whom were still holding British citizenship. The Mugabe government, in a bid to counter these accusations and work against Western sanctions, made several mistakes where Zanu-PF youth wingers at times took the law in their own hands by beating up anyone opposed to the Mugabe leadership.