Frank Bana

The Brave Ones (And Mugabe) - Poem by Frank Bana

So the African Union hosts Mugabe
Ian Khama sits down with Mugabe (*)
Thabo Mbeki sits down with Mugabe
John Kufuor sits down with Mugabe

All the great democrats
Polite & cordial diplomats

The Food and Agriculture Organisation
And other organs of the UN
Welcome Mugabe back
To the ruined halls of Rome

The European Union
And the delegates of its Member States
Sit down with Mugabe
To discuss trade deals in Lisbon

No country boycotts
No delegate walk-outs
No-one shouts in anger
Throws a can of paint
Or deigns to speak a truth to the dictator

Babies' legs are broken
Infants starve in villages
Where folks were brave enough to vote against him

Men and boys are slaughtered
Women raped and tortured
For the courage to uphold the opposition

And those who think they work in honour
For development and peace
Perform their rituals
At the same old tables
As if no beast sat in their midst.

* Note: Respect: Ian Khama has boycotted the latest sub-regional summit in brave protest at the continuing presence of Mr Mugabe.

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Comments about The Brave Ones (And Mugabe) by Frank Bana

  • (4/4/2014 7:23:00 AM)

    I'm not sure if it was worth reading and also to be called a poem, You cannot preach to us about RG Mugabe instead of us preaching to you about this great statesmen of all time.How we relish this error of Mugabe and his wisdom and virsion, he is such an owesome leader, dedicated to seeing his fellow country men being empowered economicall, socially and physicaly, he is the man, my leader.The only crime he is said to have committed is that of taking back the land, which is ours by birth from the British(your kith and kin) (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 30, 2008

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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