The Trial of Robert Mugabe

The Trial of Robert Mugabe Unable to recall when exactly he died Robert Mugabe is shocked to be in the presence of God for trial Facing him are countless people who died during his regime They tell their stories after which G

  • Title: The Trial of Robert Mugabe
  • Author: Chielo Zona Eze
  • ISBN: 9780615278117
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • Unable to recall when exactly he died, Robert Mugabe is shocked to be in the presence of God for trial Facing him are countless people who died during his regime They tell their stories, after which God condemns him to hell Mugabe suddenly wakes up, in Harare, realizing he just had a dreadful dream Set in the African Afterlife, The Trial of Robert Mugabe tells the ZimbUnable to recall when exactly he died, Robert Mugabe is shocked to be in the presence of God for trial Facing him are countless people who died during his regime They tell their stories, after which God condemns him to hell Mugabe suddenly wakes up, in Harare, realizing he just had a dreadful dream Set in the African Afterlife, The Trial of Robert Mugabe tells the Zimbabwean story from the perspectives of two iconic Zimbabwean writers, Yvonne Vera and Dambudzo Marechera, present at the trial At the core of the trial is Gukurahundi 1982 1987 , a highly orchestrated genocide on Ndebele people by Mugabe s North Korean trained Fifth Brigade Yvonne Vera had reflected this mass killing in her novel, The Stone Virgins At the trial, she relates some of what she knows about Gukurahundi to Mugabe s hearing Marechera also gets a unique opportunity to interpret his famous title, House of Hunger, to Mugabe s understanding But this is not just about Gukurahundi It is also about Zimbabwe today 2000 2008 It is about how Mugabe s militia used rape, murder and starvation as means of political repression In the words of Ali Mazrui, those who are picked for trial are sometimes just symbols of wider phenomena The Trial of Robert Mugabe is a symbol of the trial of African despots and a sad reminder of the truth in the words of the great poet, W.H Auden We would rather be ruined than change We would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the Present And let our illusions die.

    One thought on “The Trial of Robert Mugabe”

    1. This is an elegantly simple story. However, don't let its simplicity hide its depth. It's a beautiful tale, but an ugly story. The tale is told in what seems to me to be an oral history tradition. It is a true story told fictionally. It has a rhythm to it and it creates a definite aura. It connects to both literature and history.Robert Mugabe is a dictator, chosen by his people, but who then followed what he wanted despite what his people wanted. As a result, as often happens in such cases, whol [...]

    2. The constant references to authors and others whose work I was not familiar with kept me a little off balance.

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