The Fifth Beatle (Syndrome)

This article is not about music but its substance rings true and familiar like an old musical tune from one’s youth. As post election events in Zimbabwe unfold many Zimbabweans at home are having to make long term decisions about their future: whether to stay in the country or join the millions already in the diaspora. What I’m certain about is that not many in the diaspora are considering trekking back home to join Mugabe’s promised economic recovery party started at his inauguration this morning.

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I am no music aficionado but I am sure many around the world have heard of the Fifth Beatle. Various versions of this legend exist, however, I want to use one as an analogy for the quandary that many Zimbabweans find themselves in.

The Fifth Beatle is a title used to describe the member of a group who drops out just before that group hits the big time. You know the story, wife/husband leaves spouse for greener pastures because things are tough only to find the grass is not greener and the abandoned spouse finally finds success. It’s like that other guy from Boys 2 Men or the other girl from Destiny’s Child that nobody remembers. Sound familiar now?

The just concluded elections, like any since 1980, was billed as the precursor to a new era in Zimbabwe. All candidates took on the role of messiah promising political and economic…

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