Joy to all Zimbabweans

If anyone needed to be reminded, writes Dalrymple, of how fragile and temporary be the exercise of power, and how changeable be courtiers and flatterers, especially of dictators,

he could not do better than look at the website of the Bulawayo Chronicle. On November 10, one of its main stories was the unveiling of a plaque commemorating Harare International Airport’s change of name to the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, a process presided over by His Excellency Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe himself, who ‘reiterated his gratitude on behalf of himself, his family and the entire country [for] the honour bestowed on him, saying it has brought joy to all Zimbabweans.’

Dalrymple is reminded of Cardenal’s poem Somoza desveliza la estatua de Somoza en el Estadio Somoza.

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