How Would You Characterise the Government of Zimbabwe? Is It Democratic, Authoritarian or Totalitarian?

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|How would you characterise the government of Zimbabwe? Is it democratic, | |authoritarian or totalitarian? | | How would you characterise the government of Zimbabwe? Is it democratic, authoritarian or totalitarian? The subject of government rule has three broad categories namely democratic, authoritarian and totalitarian. In this essay I would like to present what defines each category and then look at the history and background of Zimbabwe before giving my findings on what I think characterises the government of Zimbabwe. According to Blackwell (Blackwell:1987, p 166, 167, 168) democracy stems from the Greek words demos which means people and kratia which means…show more content…
It was not long after Mugabe came into power, that he made sure that his party Zanu PF would be in complete control by starting a military wing and declaring brutal onslaughts on the opposition party, the MDC. MDC Supporters and villages were pillaged and many fled the country, white owned farms were raided, looted and in some cases even burnt to the ground. The wrath of Mugabe’s iron fist could be felt across the country. “He was determined to make Zimbabwe a one-party state and liked to argue that this arrangement was uniquely suited to Africa. The one-party state is more in keeping with African tradition, it makes for greater unity for the people. It puts all opinions under one umbrella, whether these opinions are radical or reactionary.”(2002, P29) Zimbabwe was once among the most developed countries in Africa. Today however the situation in Zimbabwe is dire, as the economy is in crisis, the monthly inflation rate is approximately running at 13.2 billion per cent, consumer prices on everything from gasoline to glue are doubling everyday, the currency has almost no worth or value, the country’s levels of unemployment rate is formidable, natural resources have all but been destroyed while the country is ruled and dominated by violence and fear. In my opinion whilst looking at and comparing the rule of Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe,

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