In the Merriam-Webster definition of Goblin says: “an ugly or grotesque sprite that is usually mischievous and sometimes evil and malicious” (Merriam-Webster – ‘Goblin’ link: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goblin). For someone who has ruled the republic of Zimbabwe since 18th April 1980 first as Prime Minister and as President since 22nd December 1987. Clearly, he has had his time make the impression of being a goblin.
He has used tactics of oppression, he has even killed his opposition and consolidated all power of the republic around him. The Zimbabwean government are all built around him and his family. Therefore, the rising inflation’s and the problematic currency problems. The lacking yields of the agricultural industry, as it was a breadbasket of Southern Africa in the 1980s, but since then has needed aid and imports of food stuffs to survive. Combined with lacking institutional building, as it was built around him.
The use of army who was trained by North Koreans to silence certain parts of Zimbabwean public in the 1980s. To certify his rule and to conquer all hearts. The Elephant Brigade and the whole use of force to kill and massacres that silenced the opposition for decades. This with the economic oppression and the elitism in the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). The ZANU-PF control and use of funds has decapitated and depleted the budgets as the Vice-President is billing the government for living at luxurious hotel in Harare. The same with his family who imports Rolls Royces and sell Zanu-PF regalia, while the amount of people living from hand to mouth is insane.
The courts are built and managed by Danish Aid, if they even still support the courts who are falling apart. The water system is down in Bulwayo and in Harare, it is so bad that the tap-water can be poisonous. This while Members of Parliament are getting payed for their loyalty in plenty, as the state pays them millions of dollars per year. The most fancy cars and splendid houses in the capital are owned by ZANU-PF Cronies or businessmen connected to the Mugabe clan. There aren’t anything the government are eating.
It is so bad with pay for soldiers and civil servants, that there has even been open battles between soldiers and police officers in the central business district of Harare. This proves the mental and breakdown of government support, when they are late paying their security officers and the ones who are on the barricades for this depleted state system. That the state doesn’t have resources to tackle drought, lack of medicines in the hospitals, the load-shedding of power and to get the citizens out of unemployment. As many are struggling to import and export through South Africa, and the diaspora in South Africa is the reason for the existing foreign exchange that are currently there.
The oppression and abiding poverty is the reason for this and Mugabe has no trouble with it, as long as his family can afford a luxurious house in Dubai, stay in hotels in Johannesburg, ride Rolls Royces and travel to Singapore for health care treatment.
For someone who has been the Executive for 37 years, 6 months and 18 days should have delivered some good governance and institution, instead it has been built around him and he is still in-charge. With that in mind, he is a goblin, even a hob-goblin. We can say doing this to his own people is evil and malicious. When he couldn’t use any of his time to make sure people had industry and continued the success of agricultural exports as it did when he took power in 1980. This is certainly like goblin. Goblin Robert Mugabe, at your disservice! Peace.