Life in Rhodesia Was Better Than Zimbabwe

Faith Moyo, The Zimdiaspora, April 21, 2012

Over the past 32 years human rights in Zimbabwe have been blatantly violated by a black government that masquerades as a champion of peace and democracy, thus the Mugabe regime has eroded all norms of 21st century civilization.

In contrast, Ian Smith’s Rhodesian era turns out to be better than “our” black government.

Most black Zimbabweans would now prefer Ian Smith as leader to Robert Mugabe—though the human instinct of freedom remains high on the agenda. The Mugabe regime has perpetrated serious crimes against its own people—black-on-black.

For what’s the purpose of freedom when freedom kills you, when freedom denies you free speech, when freedom kills your relatives, when freedom starves you, when freedom excludes you on tribal grounds?

I always hear some of my fellow Shona friends saying the crisis in Zimbabwe started in the 1990s when Mr Mugabe started expropriating white farmland including denying Morgan Tsvangirai presidency. No for us in Matabeleland the crisis began right in 1980 when Mr Mugabe became Prime Minister of the newly independent Zimbabwe. Up to 20 000 people were massacred by the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade in the early 1980s.

Two human rights organisations, the Legal Resources Foundation and the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) Zimbabwe however, produced a report entitled Breaking the Silence, Building True Peace in 1997, detailing human rights abuses during the Gukurahundi era. Yet, you still find some people saying “Mugabe was fine up until the 1990s”. This explains how Mr Mugabe has successfully divided our beloved country.

The hope is now based on amplified calls for Gukurahundi justice, thus compensation and reparations. A Bulawayo-based pressure group, Ibhetshu LikaZulu has warned that they intend to launch a High Court bid to force Mr Mugabe to release two reports containing findings of official inquiries into the Matabeleland disturbances in the 1980s.

Ibhetshu LikaZulu has already engaged human rights lawyers, Abammeli BamaLungelo Abantu Network, to force Mugabe to release the Dumbutshena Commission and Chihambakwe Committee reports, which have never been made public although they were presented to him.

The group argues that publicising the documents was necessary to achieve national healing and reconciliation.

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  • chuck_2011

    the state of Rhodesia was a pariah in the first world. I wonder today if a free vote were held how most Zimbabweans would vote? I suspect strongly that skin color would in the day. No such thing as returning to white rule…this would never fly in the rest of the developed world. I wonder when Mugabe the monster will die?

    • WhitesRdumb

      chuck_2011 wrote – ” I suspect strongly that skin color would influence most blacks to vote black. No such thing as returning to white rule…this would never fly in the rest of the developed world. ”

      I doubt the US will ever see another white male president.

    • Sheila

       People get the government they deserve.

    • Faisal Rashid

      Of course no one would ever want to countenance the return of “white” rule. It is best to have a working democracy instead. The fact that no such “working democracy” has really ever existed in Zimbabwe is no excuse for the return of the previous white dictatorship. However, one would wonder why Mugabe has survived in the face of the antipathy from a great many of his fellow countrymen and this (in turn) raises the question of “Who is protecting Mugabe” in the wider (outside) world? I’m certain that if there were lots and lots of oil in Zimbabwe and Mugabe both nationalised it AND refused to use the US$ as the official oil currency…then G.W Bush might have invded and installed “”democracy”” fairly speedily!?

  • No suprise there.
    Rhodesians of all races enjoyed a quality of life that was much higher than the norm for sub-saharan Africa.  Contrast this with the conditions today.  is it any wonder that most would prefer rule by the Rhodesian Front goverment to that of Uncle Bob?

  • holyflower

    Superb BBC video:

    “Ian Smith dies aged 88″ (2 min, 21 sec. video summary
    November 20, 2007


    BBC: “Ian Smith believed Africans could never run their own countries.  He went to his grave convinced he was right.”

    “In the 1960s, Ian Smith, as Rhodesia’s prime minister, defied the winds of change bringing independence and black rule to Britain’s colonies.  White Rhodesians wanted independence from Britain but without handing power to the black majority.  This was unacceptable in Britain.  Harold Wilson’s Labour government was plunged into its first real crisis . . .Talks went nowhere.  Ian Smith rebelled and in November, 1965, he made his unilateral Declaration of Independence . . . The British [eventually] dismissed Smith and his cabinet, but the [now] illegal regime carried on and didn’t seem to care much.”

    SMITH: “I don’t believe in black majority rule EVER in Rhodesia, not in a thousand years.”

    BBC: “It was black-armed opposition which eventually forced change . . . Robert Mugabe emerged as the new leader.  But now, 27 years after independence, President Mugabe has reduced Zimbabwe to ruin, its agricultural riches destroyed, food in desperately short supply, with hyper-inflation running out of control and any and all political opposition met by violence and repression.  Ian Smith felt vindicated.”

    SMITH: “Standard of education and health and housing for our black people of any other country in the African continent.  That was what Rhodesians did, and I wonder if we shouldn’t be given credit for doing that.”

    BBC: “But the world did not tolerate Ian Smith’s rebellion to prevent black majority rule.  He lived his life out of step with the times…” 

  • Boereseun

    The blacks of Rhodesia didn’t know just how good they had it under Ian Smith and the rest of white Rhodesia. 

  • WmarkW

    If you haven’t read the Gedaliah Braun book that AmRen sells under Books|Electronic Delivery, you might want to download it.   It’s a PDF that should run on any e-reader.  My favorite section was the reminescenses of black Zimbabweans, like the one at a town hall meeting suggesting a return to white administration.

    You might also want to read “Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa” by Keith Richburg, who quotes Mozambique President Samoral Machel to Mugabe, “Keep your whites.”

  • For what’s the purpose of freedom when freedom kills you, when freedom
    denies you free speech, when freedom kills your relatives, when freedom
    starves you, when freedom excludes you on tribal grounds?

    “Because freedom failed.” — Hunter Wallace, Paul Kersey, et al.

    “Because blacks don’t have the requisite sociology and disposition for freedom in the Western definition.”  — Rev.  Tyler DeValleyism (son of Jed)

  • “Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.”

  • JohnEngelman

    It took a black woman a lot of courage to write this article. It would have been better if she had quoted an opinion survey by a credible organisation that indicated that most blacks in Zimbabwe agree with the title, that life was indeed better under Ian Smith.   

  • “I wonder if we murder all the whites we’ll turn out like every other black nation that did the exact same thing?  Poor, starving, and reduced to begging white people who don’t even live here for handouts.”

    “Nah, this time it will be different!”


  • Sherman_McCoy

    Well, DUH!

  • JackKrak

    Name one – ONE!!!! – country that is better off now under black rule than it was under white rule.

    Go ahead, I’ll wait.

    • Major

      That’s not hard cause you can’t!…  it’s just as easy to list any American city under the same conditions.

      Total, absolute crime ridden, dysfunctional crap holes……thanks liberals. Thanks NAACP…thanks CBC…thanks Al Charlatan…thanks Messy Jackson…for ruining once great cities….now all section 8 failures.

  • Rebelcelt

    Let us not forget Religious freedom has been sacrificed also. A missionary came to our church telling how horrible Christians are treated. 30-40 people in a jail cell designed to hold two! He told of whole villages where there are only children as disease (AIDS) and terrorists killed the adults.
    The desolation is far worse than the West realizes. Which is good because we Whites cannot stomach the idea of a village of starving children.But what can you do to help that would not require more help in 10 years 20 years or..50years?

    • Or the spate of liberals that would adopt the creatures and thus add to our misery here in America. 

    • bv

      Tell this bleeding heart to go to a Black Church because we don’t give a damn. #black lives don’t matter to me.

  • Anytime blacks are in control, it is a dismal failure.  More blacks were employed, families in tact and low crime rate during segregation.  Now they destroy anything they touch.  To make a ghetto, import just a few black ‘families’ and within 2 years, ghetto.  This always happens and is not just my personal opinion.

  • Let the African black
    kill the African black

  • It’s unfortunate that over 90% of Zimbabwe’s population is not old enough to remember what their nation was like pre-Mugabe.

  • They did destroy them…in huge numbers.  it has been estimated that Rhodesian Fireforce units accumulated an amazing 80 to one kill ratio during the war.

    The Rhodesian Bush War was not lost on the battlefield.  It was lost because of useful idiots in the West (and I’m ashamed to admit, many in the US and UK) who backed the wrong side and purposely sabotaged Rhodesia’s war effort.

  • Major

    And it was once…before Mandella and his wrecking crew …the richest, most productive country on that entire, sad, failed continent.  

    Rich in gold…remember the Kruggerand? Remember the De Beers diamonds and mines?

    Now…they steal the diamonds to put in their noses and steal the gold to wear in their teeth. Once a country that never asked for a handout or a dime…now a country after 5 years of black rule….being bailed out by the IMF…( white countries money ).

    Now SA is bankrupt and has one of the highest murder rates on the planet. The entire country is Detroit, Philly, Newark and Baltimore all rolled into one.

  • Major

    Well done Laager…..well done.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    From Africa’s bread basket to beggars bowl almost overnight. It HAS to be a legacy of White Colonial influence….what else could it be? Low IQ leadership?? NEVER!

  • Faisal Rashid

    Excellent Satire Dr Al. Very well written and enjoyable

  • bv

    Ya think?!?

  • bv

    They want it all, it’s as simple as that.

  • bv

    He’s a bleeding heart fool.