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"Ian Smith Was Better Than Mnangagwa, Mugabe" Debate Rages On

Debate on whether Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Douglas Smith was better than Zimbabwean Presidents – the late Robert Mugabe and current President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is raging on social media platforms.

Ruling ZANU PF sympathisers say it is crazy to compare “the evil Smith” to Mugabe or Mnangagwa.

Those who support the view that Smith was better say the ZANU PF government has failed to do better than what was done by Smith in terms of economic development and or championing human rights. Pindula News presents some of the comments on social media:

Mambo Nashe II @Mwana_Wepasi:

Simping on Ian Smith tells me you’re a slave, because Ian Smith was a general manager of a slave yard called Rhodesia.

Ali Naka, a political activist and Pan Africanist who is working with the Rwanda government said Smith was better. He said:

We are very generous to compare Mnangagwa to Smith because Mnangagwa’s incompetence is bottomless. If anything it’s an insult to Ian Smith!

Zimbabwe Institute for Accountability @ZimInstit4Dem:

Ian Smith was better than Mnagwagwa by a mile. All you have done is loot & pillage the country.

Jotham Nyoni @NyoniJotham:

I understand your Pain Prof. Moyo. Smith n his Rhodesians killed, racism was the order of the day but Sanitasing ED n Chiwenga’s brutality both economically n political will never be tolerated. Is a difference between ED n Ian Smith?

Self-exiled former Information Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo said those believing that Smith was better are mistaken. He said:

Only deranged misfits of society believe the rubbish that it was “DEVELOPMENT” for Ian Smith to use the colonial conquest, plunder and pillage of Zimbabwe to enact racist laws to dehumanise blacks and condemn them into servitude to build infrastructure only for 277,000 whites!

Self-exiled former Tourism and Hospitality Minister Dr Walter Mzembi suggested that Zimbabweans are forgetful. He said:

Wheel has turned 360° where people because of suffering are dusting up Ian Smith’ s legacy! In the Bible the children of Israel reminisce about Pharaoh being better. In comes the Joshua Generation, out the Moses lot, divine clock ticks. Canaan beckons!

Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) Secretary-General, Chalton Hwende has no kind words for Smith. He said:

My grandparents were killed by smith for simply being black kumwa ndomwa hangu but handirasike to glorify a racist murderer like smith… 

ED and ZanuPF have killed our people and they must go that’s why we are fighting them but Smith’s goal was to create an economy and country only for white people. He killed blacks for simply being black that was wrong… But to be killed just because of my color is worse especially by people who came to invade my country.

Zva Smith itai mega Smith killed black people for simply being black. He created an economy that was serving only white people that was wrong and must never be repeated.

(Rhodesia was) Bread basket because blacks were being forced to work for nothing under harsh conditions, education was not expanded to include every black child , some areas were only for white people. That system was wrong. ED and ZanuPF have failed but Smith was Evil. Ed and zanu have failed No Debate that’s why we are fighting for their removal but smith was evil he killed and put anthrax on our people the black people simply because they were blacks. That system like the apartheid regime never considered black people as equals

You should indeed give up the fact that the liberation struggle dream was betrayed should not make you doubt the sincerity and commitment of young black Zimbabweans that took up arms to free us.

You know you are my favorite person but Smith created an economy exclusively for White people that was wrong. All the buildings and roads were not for black people. That’s why in Mhondoro even today hatina Tara.

Some who say Smith was better said the prisons in Rhodesia while those in Zimbabwe are overpopulated and have inmates sleeping on the floor.

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Prophet 1 month ago


Machiavelli 1 month ago

There are two dimensions to this debate. Politically Ian Smith was a bigot in that he systematically alienated blacks from politics. Similarly Mugabe was an inverse racist. He disliked whites solely because of their skin pigmentation. However, politically he was astute enough to accomma token few whites in his cabinet. The current at best cosmetically appointed a token white to a meaningless portfolio. So politically ed is less astute than Bob.

Economically Ian Smith was heads and shoulders above the midgets of the last 42½ years. I needn't justify that because it is self evident

Worzell Gummidge 1 month ago

Charlton Hwende speaks like a graduate of the Chitepo School of Ideology situated at Zanu Pf Headquarters. Charlton Hwende was probably born after 1980 or he was just a tiny toddler towards the end of the Ian Smith era. I'm surprised Hwende is hollaring louder than Zanu Pf in attacking Ian Smith. Ian Smith never killed 20 000 Ndebele people & was never accussed of looting his country dry & banking the loot in foreign countries.

Da Truth 1 month ago

Machiavelli well nailed the story by pulling out the different ingredients in Ian Douglas Smith ,s gvt and the mob gvt

Da truth 1 month ago

Ian Douglas Smith was good to me . Killing is being done today , pple are disappearing today . Zanupf is enjoying the country only .Saka zvakasiyana papi vhunzai chembere dzinokuudza kuti korinii yaishanda sei.Chibharo chakazara teacher anotambira marii nhasi bond .???Ini hangu ndiri 1 I admire Ian Smith more than Mugabe akauraya 20 000 ndebele pple .Saka arinani pachiii tell me disgusted citizen ????I don't cherish Zanupf .Mrungu akashata imi makanaka chiii vanhu varikushaiwa kuti mangwana vodiii ??Murishasha pama promise .VIVA IAN DOUGLAS SMITH he was under sunctions but managed to have the strongest currency in southern Africa.Compnies under his name.Cains food ,,Cashel Valley ,,Bata shoe company,, Rhodisia Airforce was well equipped,,Army was well equipped and we'll paid,, Rhodisia Railways kkkk,,CSC,,Aroma bakeries,,Tarino Delta era,,WRS Bulawayo .,,the list is endless well functional companies ,,Zambezi coachworks,, Leyland,,Landrover,,WMMI,, makambani Aya takavhara ose isu vachenjeri kkkkkkk Harare , Bulawayo,,yaityisa nema industry ikozvino unongonzwa ,,,tabarashaaaaaa,rikotaatatata,Jehova tsatsararaeaea mu company maigadzirwa Michela yai tengeswa kunze ,mazara vana Papa vachisimudza zvirema zvavabva nazvo kumba .Profesaiiiiii Papa hoooooo Papa mu industry Moti vanoziva Ave ma church moti vanogona to hell I hate vanhu Ava . Smith you hold a place in my heart 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪

i 1 month ago

😂😂😂😂 well said

JC 1 month ago

I didn't want to laugh but 😂🤣😂🤣🤣😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂🤣🤣🤣😂🤣

Busymark 1 month ago

Well said

》》》 1 month ago

Da truth indeed 💪💪💪

.... 1 month ago

Ian Smith was far much better than this government. He wasn't perfect off course kodwa ama company were there esebenza kuhle. This government has failed to maintain what was left by Smith. everything is just fu***ed up.

Zim 1 1 month ago

vanhu vanonzi vana Douglas misoro yavo izere mvura

Da Truth 1 month ago

Douglas atinetsa muno ndi Nzvonyora nhasi chaiye .


Da Truth 1 month ago

..... ngyabobonga baba u Smith is a true hero .Minangiyamthanda sibili hangisabi lutho ukhuchela abantwana bami ukhuthi u Smith was good.We are failing to renovate what he left.Shame on this gvt of mine .Mafia gvt.Salute u Ian .

Mmmm 1 month ago

The real war for independence was fought between Smith and Britain. Britain won when South Africa threw Rhodesia under the bus 🚍 Britain failed Smith badly to the detriment of this country.

Sky Lawyer 1 month ago

comparing evil by evil

Datruth 1 month ago

We compare bcz kune wekwangu chaiye akasviba seni anodya sadza nemuboora seni aripo uyo handimuzivi .If my black bro make me suffer more than the white man .I will join up hands with the white man and move on with him.

Da truth 1 month ago

True bravo @Mmmmm tell them kwete tuma rarara speech twepa independence he we fought the oppression machine and won our freedom they won there freedom not Zimbabwe freedom .They are free to loot without persecution.Million enjoying 14 million screeming f u c k this country .How long shall we suffer . When is true freedom 1 election after the other with no light at the end of the tunnel.God this time remember Zimbabwe.

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

This is a very interesting subject. Those who say Ian Douglas Smith is incomparable with Robert Gabriel Mugabe and Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa are lost. If the Bible compares God and Satan why can we not compare these men of flesh ? To me they are the same in many respects. Smith used to kill blacks like the late Edison Sithole by seizing and making them disappear for good. Today and during RG Mugabe era people disappeared and are still disappearing for good. During Smith regime education was an envy in Africa. Schools had enough books and teachers. Today pupils learn under trees and go upto form 6, fail to construct one good English sentence. They share text books. In Smith era one communicated well in English after completing standard 6 !!!!! Yes, I am not telling you lies. In December 1965 Ian Douglas Smith was slammed with sanctions which he busted through the apartheid South Africa. He was innovative. Today we are wailing under sanctions because we are not innovative. During Ian Smith era people earned very little money but it could still buy. At that time citizens bought suga for a shilling or a loaf of bread for a shilling. Today citizens earn many rtgs, but buy completely nothing with it. MY VALUED POINT IS SIMPLY THAT IAN DOUGLAS SMITH, ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE AND EMMERSON DAMBUDZO can be compared. It is upto you to position them 1, 2, 3.




Bhuru 1 month ago

Aya mahora ega ega

ccctv 1 month ago

Smith wasiya nyika yakanaka zanu pf ndokuuraya nyika kusvika patavari nhasi Uno

Tambai Njuga 1 month ago

I miss the good days when fresh milk was delivered to our doorsteps by the milkman. Today shops are now full of milk substitutes.

Mwana waMambo 1 month ago

Both of them. Smith was devil hearted, the same with Mugabe. But Mnangagwa have crocodile heart. Very cruel that old ****. Remember what he promised the MRP. Open cruelity. A liar. Ndipo pamusha penhema.anoreva nhema mukuru iyeyu.

Asalif 1 month ago

Ian Smith regime left the economy intact but there was war ravaging the country , this ED guy is hiding mismanaged nehondo yekune imwe nyika Hondo yacho ine3 month pakati yatanga iye akapinda 2017 Mugabe akataura chokwadi kuti murikuba , corruption munofunga vakamubvisirei he nearly exposed them ivava varipanyanga including Joice Mujuru there was a stage he ordered police and army not to beat up and unlawfully arrest people but Mnangagwa kept on giving orders Mugabe had people at heart

Dhuterere 1 month ago

Ian Smith naED no difference freedom of speech and association dololo economi bbenefit only those in Zanu pf number yavo inosvika227.000 their only difference is that the economy yaSmith was strong ED is destroying it moreover otaura zvehondo dzekune dzimwe nyika besides going to school to those countries what more do we get they are the ones who come to loot here Killing people disappearances it's order of the day so Smith and ED are just the same Mugabe didn't preach violence these guys varipo Ivava did all those things to protect their positions Mugabe accepted defeat by Tsvangirai who refused transition of power General to answer and ED

# back to reality 😪 1 month ago

########## the father of Zimbabwe is MUGABE#

Bhuru 1 month ago


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Truth be told Smith, ED naMugabe hapana musiyano vese imhondi vese vanodzvanyirira vanhu. Smith aiuraya vanhu for being black, Mugabe naED vanouraira vanhu for standing up for their rights. Smith aiba hupfumi wevanhu vatema achipa varungu, ED anoba hupfumi hwemaZimbabwean achipa mhuri yake nemadzisahwira ake💔

People Of Various Opinions 1 month ago

Bob, Ed & party killed an estimated 20 000 fellow black natives within 10 years of their rule, same black natives who they fought arm to arm to 'free' our land from the Smith regime....l rest my case

Nollen Moyoz 1 month ago

He was much more better than the ruling leaders of today

cde chipopi 1 month ago

Ian Smith mhosva huru yake ndeyeku leader a racist regime basi but interms of ku runner economy he is far much better than Mugabe and ED.

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