|Affects of Colonization in Zimbabwe
By Robert Thompson
The Republic of Zimbabwe has had a long and dark past with that of colonial days and the subjugation of the people to colonial rule by Great Britain and the British Empire. An influence that has not been entirely lifted until 2003, with the termination of membership. While in the past colonial rule was marked by inequality between Africans and white settlers who claimed most of the land. It also marked a long period of peace and relative prosperity that dealt well with economic and overall political problems but did not deal well with social problems that eventually culminated in the civil war that shook the nation to its core. The problems between the Caucasian population and the African population came to armed conflict after the Caucasian citizens declared Independence in 1970.
However, the real conflict was among the populist movements which had not been prominent under colonial rule. It seems while British rule did not allow for the proper resolution of these social and racial problems, British rule did allow for more cooperation among different groups because of the absence of need for these groups to fight over who would lead the country. Because of these conflicts, many people have been murdered and denied their human rights. Zimbabwe is in need of just as much attention as the middle east or other war torn nation such as the likes of Israel.
While these political and armed conflicts have come to an end with the new cooperation in the government, other results from this conflict are still around such as the hyperinflation that has destroyed Zimbabwe’s economy. This problem stems back to when in colonial times, Caucasian immigrants took most of the arable land and left the rest to the indigenous people. Later when the new government declared independence Mugabe blew these percentages out of proportion in order to justify his redistribution of land to the poorer population. While this did move the nation a very small step closer towards equality, it destroyed the production of cash crops that the economy was based on, destroying the economy and blowing inflation far out of control.
It seems that while there is a larger sense of equality it means nothing as the standard of living is even lower than what it was under colonial rule. The proposition is that perhaps someone from the Commonwealth should send an experienced administrator with proper funding in order to stabilize the economy and end some social strife. When these problems are corrected then return control of the nation to the local people in a fair and well regulated election. In this way Zimbabwe may be able to re-achieve what was lost from colonial times and not be subjugated to another nation.