Robert Mugabe ruled for 37 years after his party overthrew the government in a Coup d’état and didn’t want to give up power. He was paving the way for his wife to take over and continue to rule the country. He fired his Vice President who was with him for the same period of time.
Today Zimbabwe is under military rule and Mugabe whereabouts are not known. Looking back closer home we are aware of the power struggle in Grenada of the early 1980’s which led to the invasion of America and the attempted overthrow of a democratic government in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 1979-1980. Further north was Dominica with Patrick John and Dame Eugenia Charles. We know the outcome of those and it appears that the trend will continue looking back at the history and the number of years.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines should take note and policies and plans put in place with a divided Police Force and the lack of loyalty within the ranks. The political divide and the quietness of activities in the country. Will the people wait for the term to be completed or will the government term in office shorten after the court rules in the petition cases? We will wait and see the court’s ruling. However, the court cannot rule for the government to hand over power to another party. No side will be satisfied and there will be appeals to the very highest court and by the time it is finished fresh elections will be called.
My hope is that the words of our National Anthem will prevail with emphasis on the chorus:
1 Saint Vincent, Land so beautiful,
With joyful hearts, we pledge to thee
Our loyalty and love and vow
To keep you ever free.
- What e’er the future brings,
- Our faith will see us through.
- May peace reign from shore to shore,
- And God bless and keep us true.
2 Hairoun, Our fair and blessed Isle,
Your mountains high, so clear and green,
Are home to me, though I may stray,
A haven, calm, serene.
3 Our little sister islands are
Those gems, the lovely Grenadines,
Upon their seas and golden sands
The sunshine ever beams.
I hope that good sense will prevail and all citizens remain safe. However, we are to remain vigilant and watch unto prayer.
Sir Godfrey Gregg