In Shona we have a proverb that goes “Kugara nhaka kuona dzevamwe” meaning that in society one does something good by following the footsteps of others.
I followed the America elections till the results were announced. What pained me most was the way that Mitt Romney congratulated Barack Obama for winning. I think African dictators, especially Robert Mugabe who lost elections in March 2008 and remained in office, should learn from this.
After losing the March elections Zimbabwe experienced a political melt-down following the bloody presidential run-off election that left more than 200 Tsvangirai supporters dead. Today, the government remains under the control of President Mugabe, even though his party clearly lost. He adamantly rejects any obligation to stand down and all the evidence shows that he deeply resents the disaffection shown by the voters.
It takes an election in such the vast USA to show us Zimbabweans what we need to do if we are to respect our right to elect. As Zimbabweans we need to restore national pride in Zimbabwe. We cannot remain the laughing stock of the world by having such poorly run elections.
Zimbabwean politics is fraught with hatred and violence, with candidates continuously at war, dragging the innocent masses into the power struggle. If only the President had the grace of his colleague in the USA.
Obama said: “I just spoke with Governor Romney and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-fought campaign. We may have battled fiercely, but it’s only because we love this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future. In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.” http://m.npr.org/news/Politics/164540079
Romney made a graceful concession speech before a disappointed crowd in Boston. He summoned all Americans to pray for Obama and urged the night's political winners to put partisan bickering aside and "reach across the aisle" to tackle the nation's problems.
For the good of our nation politicians are supposed to champion peace.